Global energy leaders see innovation at Mill 19 – News

A second demonstration will be provided by the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, which was founded at Carnegie Mellon and now operates as an independent nonprofit organization helping companies adopt emerging robotic solutions for manufacturing, including that of clean energy technology. The ARM Institute will show tour participants how a robotic arm can be used to quickly and efficiently inspect complex turbine blades for defects.

“Automated defect inspection has yielded impressive results,” said Chris Adams, the institute’s senior program director. “Using robots for this mundane task saves time and money while increasing inspection accuracy and speed. This brings safe products to market faster.”

A third demonstration will be provided by Azadeh Sawyer of CMU’s School of Architecture, whose research focuses on how green design can also be comfortable and aesthetic for building occupants. Using virtual reality, Sawyer and his team can rapidly prototype thousands of potential building models and explore each from the occupant’s perspective while evaluating its energy efficiency.

“We look at different design options and see how they instantly affect power demand, daylight or shadows,” Sawyer said. “It’s how we make sure our spaces aren’t depressing and lifeless. Instead, they’re human-centric.”

Staff from Catalyst Connection, which provides consulting and training services to small manufacturers, will also be on hand to discuss the organization’s role in supporting manufacturers in the region. The tour was organized by a team of individuals and organizations, including Carnegie Mellon’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

Mill 19 is one of several sites in southwestern Pennsylvania that will get an extra boost thanks to a $62.7 million grant announced Sept. 2 as part of the regional Build Back Better Challenge. The funding will support several regional projects focusing on robotics, artificial intelligence and automation, including the formation of a robotic manufacturing center at Mill 19.

The 2022 Global Clean Energy Action Forum is a joint convening of the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial Meeting and the 7th Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting. Governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, innovators, civil society and early career researchers and policy makers will come together at this three-day event which will include thematic roundtables with ministers of energy and science from 31 countries; CEOs and experts; as well as technology demonstrations and other activities. The event brings together energy leaders from around the world to turn clean energy ambition into action and accelerate the transition to a more secure energy future.