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DOE Selects GE’s Research Unit, 4 Universities to Develop Manufacturing Efficiency, Security Processes

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected General Electric's research division and four universities to develop methods for increasing the energy efficiency and cybersecurity of advanced manufacturing processes.

DOE said Monday that GE Research, Indiana University, Purdue University, Texas Tech University and the University of California will lead projects with the goal of addressing technical objectives established by the Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

The DOE-CyManII partnership will invest more than $1 million in the five projects that were chosen via competitive solicitation and evaluation processes.

GE Research will aim to develop and demonstrate building blocks for automation components in manufacturing. Indiana University will focus on creating a framework to manage energy in industrial settings using consumption, manufacturing and cybersecurity data.

Purdue University will also contribute to the effort by constructing a data hub that will integrate, assess and index production data streams. 

Texas Tech University will develop a framework for identifying baselines to automate and secure the chemical conversion process, while UC will collaborate with Omnigence to establish semiconductor supply chain security methods.