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By Committee for Review of the Department of Energy's Indu, National Research Council

The U.S. division of power (DOE) has supported the economic applied sciences application (ITP) for greater than a decade. This software helps R&D into power potency applied sciences designed to diminish the power depth of the U.S. business zone. the focal point in on seven energy-intensive industries; aluminium, chemical compounds, wooded area items, glass, steel casting, mining, and metal; often called the Industries of the longer term (IOF). DOE requested the NRC for a overview of this software together with an overview of the ITP strategic plan, an assessment of the technical caliber of person subprogram plans, and the possible price of the multi-year software plan. This document offers the result of that assessment. It includes an evaluation of the ITP process, of ways powerful it truly is being carried out, and the possibility of accomplishing software ambitions. It additionally offers conclusions concerning the caliber of the subprograms and proposals approximately the right way to improve the subprograms and the general software.

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Compared with other components of the ITP government investment strategy, the committee observes that attention to education issues appears weak, isolated, and probably misplaced. A better approach might be to hand off this aspect of its efforts to the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, or the National Science Foundation, all of which have major educational missions. S. S. Department of Defense, and other relevant agencies. The committee finds that all of these activities are appropriate to enhancing the effectiveness of the ITP government investment.

Forming, in aluminum industry use, refers to downstream product-manufacturing processes, such as sheet forming. Forming, as such, is neither identified as a process step with top-priority R&D needs in the 2003 Aluminum Industry Roadmap, nor is this process identified as having a large opportunity for improvement by the bandwidth analysis. Process steps such as solidification and fabrication are, however, identified by the roadmap as having top-priority R&D needs, while the bandwidth analysis identifies rolling, extrusion, and shape (presumably shape casting) as having some opportunity for improvement.

The way that the ITP program is managed has changed as a result of the EERE and ITP reorganizations. ITP program managers stated in their presentations to the committee that the ITP is organizationally now more science-and-technology-based than industry-based; that the portfolio is managed by analysis rather than by the industry roadmaps alone; that there are fewer but larger projects; that there are strategic, multiyear, and annual operating plans with milestones rather than industry roadmap plans alone; that project management has been moved from headquarters to the field offices; that the regional offices will now be involved in outreach; that there is more coordination and collaboration with other EERE efforts; that travel will be used to accomplish the mission rather than just to attend events; and that the staff has been reduced by more than half.

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