Rep. Israel, Department of Energy Announce Milestone Clean Energy Partnership with Long Island Manufacturing Facility
Plainview, NY—Rep. Israel joined U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan and local stakeholders for a signing ceremony announcing a collaborative arrangement in which The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing (IACMI) and the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) in Plainview will work together to develop advanced composite materials, used in aerospace and car manufacturing, and bring them to market. The agreement also designates CPC as a New York and Northeast hub for product development, research, workforce training, and STEM education for regional manufacturers looking to enhance their advanced composite development capabilities.
“I am proud to work with the Department of Energy and the Composite Prototyping Center to help promote the development of highly efficient, innovative and cost-effective processes that will help American manufacturers build smarter, more durable products,” said Rep. Steve Israel. “This collaboration will put Long Island and New York at the forefront of bringing advanced composite materials to market and forging a clean-energy economy for hardworking American families.”
“CPC is a leading resource for composite prototype production across a number of key industry sectors,” said Leonard Poveromo, Executive Director of CPC. “Our Long Island manufacturing facility is equipped with state-of-the-art systems to support composite production needs. This pact marks a tremendous opportunity to join the IACMI consortium and combine our efforts in areas of mutual interest like research, employee training, STEM education and economic growth.”
Advanced composite materials, such as carbon fiber, are becoming increasingly popular to developers due to their light weight and high strength properties. These materials, with broad applications in aerospace and automotive industries, have been used to replace steel and aluminum parts to decrease weight and increase fuel efficiency.
Today’s signing ceremony solidifies a three year agreement between CPC and the IACMI that stemmed from the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Composite Materials and Structures competition in June 2014. The competition, announced by President Obama in February 2014 and funded by the Department of Energy, was developed to place the United States at the forefront of the advanced composites sector by making gains in advanced manufacturing and marketing. After CPC announced their bid, Rep. Israel spearheaded a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz in support of the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) and the Composite Prototyping Center’s (CPC) application.
Unfortunately, CPC’s application was not successful. However, the winning team, IACMI, asked that the CPC join forces and develop a Northeast hub that will create both a satellite location for IACMI and bring more funding and resources to advance training, education and production of composite material manufacturing on Long Island.