A critical component of the Clean Economy Manufacturing Center's (CEMC) work is helping individual manufacturers diversify and grow their operations by participating in clean energy supply chains. We offer customized services designed to help domestic companies evaluate their capabilities and potential for becoming suppliers to this sector of the energy economy.
Through our industry services, we can help a company determine its niche in the clean energy economy and target their activities to specific prospects. This process includes conducting capability assessments and strategic advisement to guide companies through opportunities that may be available in a particular industry sector. During 2011-2012, we provided services to 51 companies in 13 states.
CEMC has particular expertise relating to supply chain issues in the land-based wind, offshore-wind and solar energy industries. We also have the ability to identify procurement opportunities and connect potential suppliers to OEM’s in the advanced transportation sector, and we have a national network of manufacturing specialists that can help companies identify business opportunities in other clean energy sectors such as natural gas, biofuels, geothermal, etc.
This set of services for manufacturers is made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). There are MEP center locations in every state serving as trusted business advisors, focused on solving manufacturers’ challenges and identifying opportunities for growth. MEP offers its clients a wealth of unique and effective resources centered on five critical areas: technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, workforce and continuous improvement.