The 2013 Energy Reduction Challenge Grant competition is open.
Click here to download the two-part proposal application. (attached to this note.)
- July 1, 2013 – Competition Opens
- July 12, 2013 – 9 am MST – Teleconference to answer questions
- August 5, 2013 @ 12 pm MST – Proposals Due
- Submit proposals via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Address questions to email@example.com
About the Southern & Central Arizona Aerospace & Defense Region 2013 Energy Reduction Grant:
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the recipient of an Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grant. This three-year, multi-federal agency grant enables the ACA to develop programs to support and grow southern and central Arizona’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry and its supply chain.
In order to move emerging technologies toward commercialization, the ACA will conduct an annual Energy Reduction Challenge Grant competition to identify novel six sigma and lean process improvement approaches and “bolt-on” retrofit/upgrade technologies that can be implemented on a pilot basis with an industry partner or partners within six months of the award notification.
This grant challenge will foster stronger relationships among small to medium-sized Manufacturing Enterprises (SMEs) and third-party solution providers to develop new tools and technologies to reduce energy consumption and relate those energy consumption improvements to bottom line savings for the A&D machine tool industry.
Specifically, this regional initiative will seek to help companies in a six-county region (Maricopa, Yuma, Pinal, Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz) create a sustained effort to strengthen and differentiate its existing base of A&D companies and suppliers, grow a more diverse base of companies, position the cluster to compete more effectively in global markets, develop and commercialize new technologies, broaden participation in the cluster to include more disadvantaged firms, and deepen the region’s talent pool to support additional growth.
Many A&D machining processes utilize older generation 1980s and 1990s-era CNC machine tool technologies that can result an inefficient use of resources – energy, time and materials – compared to the latest state-of-the-art CNC machines. The ACA and the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office have teamed to provide the tooling and machining industry with technical assistance and solutions to improve energy efficiency of these older generation machine tools.
By participating in this grant challenge SMEs will benefit by:
- Providing valuable insight into new tools and practices to help them understand and quantify where their biggest energy inefficiencies occur and relate these to bottom line costs,
- Helping develop new technologies that improve the energy efficiency and/or productivity of their manufacturing operations, and
- Leveraging the pilots to help identify and drive improvements that result in bottom line savings to their businesses. Third party solution providers will also benefit by receiving funding to develop new innovative tools and technologies that will allow them to expand their service offerings into new areas that can result in revenue growth.
Companies may respond to multiple scopes of work; however, each proposal must address a single scope of work:
- Real-time facilitated Kaizen events aimed at engaging shop floor employees to help identify integrated production line flow and energy use improvement opportunities using data driven tools and methods supplied by a training partner that link proposed improvement ideas to bottom line financial savings.
- Maximum per award $30,000
- Completion: 3 months
- Development of next-gen six sigma and lean tools and training material for companies familiar with lean and six sigma to independently identify energy improvement opportunities by linking sources of manufacturing waste, variation, and bottlenecks that impede flow to greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage.
- Maximum per award $50,000
- Completion: 4 months
- Development of “bolt-on” sensing and control technologies and/or software-enabled interfaces for both older generation 1980’s and 1990’s era machine tools that make the machines “smarter” and easier to set-up, program, and monitor.
- Maximum per award $75,000
- Completion: 6 months
More information on the application of lean and six sigma approaches to achieve process excellence through energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions can be found at EPA’s Lean Energy and Climate Toolkit.
Multiple competitive awards of up to $75,000 each will be made annually. This year, $223,000 will be awarded in the competition. Over the three-year period, it is anticipated that Energy Reduction Challenge Grants totaling $742,000 will be awarded.
Solution Providers – Consultants, training firms, engineering and technology companies, and educational institutions:
- Enhance and grow your services, products and research by developing new methodologies, processes and technologies for energy use improvements in manufacturing.
- Awardees will receive seed money to develop and implement proof of concept prototype in pilot sites.
- Novel technologies may result in follow-on projects and commercialization assistance i.e. – AZ Fast Grants and/or SBIR/STTR opportunities, etc.
If you are an independent, third-party solution provider or consultant with expertise in any of these areas and would like to inquire about this Energy Reduction Challenge Grant, email Bennett Curry.
Tooling & Machine Shops:
- This project is beyond changing the light bulbs. We are funding assistance to help you identify production line flow/energy use improvements, as well as new sensing and control technologies/software that help make older machines “smarter” and easier to set-up, program and monitor.
- You can help influence the development of next-generation tools that help solve the most pressing problems along with help from the third party solution providers in linking the proposed improvements to bottom line savings
- Participating as a pilot site means that you essentially receive pro-bono consulting assistance.
How can I find a partner for the Energy Reduction Challenge Grant?
Click here to view a partial list of the estimated 250 tooling and machine shops in Arizona.
Click here to view a partial list of solution providers – i.e. lean and six sigma manufacturing experts and technology innovators.
If you are a small to medium sized manufacturing enterprise (SME) in Arizona that would like to inquire about this Energy Reduction Challenge Grant, please email Bennett Curry.