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About the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) is one of the manufacturing institutes making up Manufacturing USA. Manufacturing USA was established as a collaborative hub that engages industry, academia, and national laboratories to work toward goals for domestic manufacturing innovation.

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IACMI began with a 5-year Funding Opportunity Announcement through the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. NREL was on the winning team to lead IACMI's wind turbine technology area. IACMI currently has five technology areas with centers in five states:

  • Michigan: Vehicles
  • Colorado: Wind turbines
  • Ohio: Compressed gas storage
  • Indiana: Design, modeling, and simulation
  • Tennessee: Composites materials and process.

IACMI comprises 140 members, with 45% representing small-medium enterprises, 32% representing large industry, 12% from academia, and the remainder representing states, national laboratories and associations.

IACMI has three five-year technical goals: 1) 25% lower carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) cost, 2) 50% reduction in CFRP embodied energy, and 3) 80% composite recyclability into useful products. IACMI projects are selected based on their likelihood to meet these IACMI goals. All IACMI projects must have a strong leadership and support from industry.

IACMI projects focus on projects that intend to commercialize new technologies in support of the goals.