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Materials Flow through Industry Supply Chain Modeling Tool

NREL developed the Materials Flow through Industry (MFI) modeling tool to track the material and energy demands from the manufacturing supply chain.

Photo of a man in a laboratory watching the end spool on a web line used for manufacturing.

The MFI tool is a cradle-to-gate, linear network model of the U.S. industrial sector. It can model a wide range of manufacturing scenarios, including changes in production technology and increases in industrial energy efficiency. It also performs supply chain scale analyses to quantify the impacts and benefits of next-generation technologies and materials at that scale.

The MFI tool was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office's Strategic Analysis team.

Impact

Next-generation technologies may be more energy and emissions intensive than current technology. However, they have the potential for reduced material and energy consumption in upstream or downstream processing stages. Use of the MFI tool will help manufacturers evaluate this potential, leading them to fully understand the benefits and consequences of technology deployment.

Publication

For more information about the MFI tool, read Evaluating opportunities to improve material and energy impacts in commodity supply chains.

Capabilities

Learn more about NREL's manufacturing analysis capabilities.