HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University is one of 85 partners in a US Department of Energy-funded $70 million energy-saving project called the REMADE (Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions) Institute.
The project’s goal is to drive down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste. Ultimately REMADE hopes to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027.
The REMADE Institute will be led by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability in Rochester, N.Y. It is the fifth Department of Energy institute in a multiagency network called Manufacturing USA or the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
Michigan Tech’s Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) is coordinating the involvement of Michigan Tech faculty and staff in this multidisciplinary research initiative. Research projects will focus on improving the ways that materials like plastics, metals, woody fibers and e-waste can be recycled and reused in current or new product systems.
SFI staff will also help industry partners evaluate the sustainability impacts of these new technology improvements, to ensure that United States manufacturers are focused on making changes that are good for people and good for the planet, as well as offering economic advantages to the businesses making these improvements.
SFI Operations Manager Robert Handler said the federal effort “will be a great opportunity for Michigan Tech to be involved in important new developments across the manufacturing industry. We look forward to developing projects with Michigan Tech faculty and industry partners to support the overall REMADE focus on more sustainable manufacturing systems.”