Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:15pm
University Center, 308
29 Trembley Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Opportunities for a More Productive and Circular Economy
Chief Engineer and Strategic Analysis Lead, Advanced Manufacturing Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Lehigh University’s Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE)
12:15 pm EST
November 12, 2019
University Center 308
There is an increasing need to assess and proactively manage energy and resource sustainability from a broad systems and life cycle perspective, and increasing interest for a more circular economy to capture the value of materials and optimize resource use. However, different circular economy approaches will depend on the system of interest, as energy production, delivery and use technologies intersect with resources, raw materials, commodities and finished products. In order to better understand the challenges, opportunities and limitations for a more circular and productive economy, EERE technology offices are pursuing approaches to better address waste, material and water issues. For example:
This presentation will review analyses, studies and technology development at DOE that are relevant to understanding and enabling a more productive and circular economy, and provide insights into the implications of chosen pathways.
Joe Cresko is the Chief Engineer and Strategic Analysis Lead in DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), where he leads AMO’s efforts to assess the life cycle and cross-sector impacts of advanced manufacturing technologies. Joe has also served at DOE as an Engineering Sciences Fellow for the Industrial Technologies Program, and a Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Prior to joining DOE, Joe was the Director of the Emerging Technology Applications Center in Bethlehem, PA, where he helped manufacturers to improve their energy efficiency and environmental footprint through industrial energy efficiency assessments and applied R&D. He is an expert in the application of electrotechnologies for materials processing and manufacturing innovations, including the use of microwave, radio-frequency, induction, UV and electron beam technologies. Joe has performed research, analysis and technology transfer for the aerospace, ceramics, polymer, composites, foundry and food manufacturing industries.