Partnership Taps America’s Innovation Leaders

Santa Clara, CA -The Council on Competitiveness has convened the fourth in a series of important dialogues as part of the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership; a three-year effort in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to bolster American competitiveness through advanced clean energy manufacturing and increased energy productivity, and to address the dynamic changes affecting the national and global energy landscape.

Today’s dialogue was held in the heart of Silicon Valley at the headquarters of Applied Materials, the global leader in providing equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductors and flat panel displays.

“We are excited to be part of the AEMC Partnership as they address pressing challenges in advanced manufacturing and the deployment of clean-energy technologies,” said Mike Splinter, Executive Chairman of Applied Materials. “By bringing together public sector and industry leaders for this important dialogue, the Council on Competitiveness and EERE are demonstrating how increased collaboration in the innovation eco-system can boost U.S. competitiveness.”   

Throughout the AEMC Partnership, the Council and EERE have collaborated with leaders from industry, academia, national laboratories, non-profit organizations and the government to define key barriers, challenges and problems in the production of clean energy products and in the manufacturing sector’s efforts as a whole to increase energy productivity.

The Council and EERE are strategically marshaling the wealth of knowledge generated and collected from these key stakeholders to craft scalable, deployable, high-impact public-private partnership models, (PPPs). From these conversations to date, the Council and EERE have converged on two, potential PPP models aimed at bridging specific gaps in the innovation ecosystem.

Participants at the fourth AEMC Dialogue explored and evaluated two PPP models:

1)      A Facilitating the Transition of Prototypes to Deployable Products partnership that would accelerate the commercialization of advanced technologies ready to move past the pilot-line stage. By providing a bridge to innovators to cross the “scale-up valley of death,” this partnership would expand clean energy manufacturing in the U.S., open new pathways to access capital, and strengthen the innovation ecosystem as a whole; and

2)      A Clean Energy Materials Accelerator partnership that would accelerate the adoption of new, advanced materials critical to reducing energy consumption and increasing energy productivity in industry by creating new pathways to access materials characterization and qualification resources, establishing an advanced materials standards, and facilitating the development of standards.

“These two PPP models lay the groundwork to have teams of people and resources on both sides of the ‘valley of death’ to help our nation’s entrepreneurs reach their full potential,” said Deborah Wince-Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness.  

The four AEMC Partnership dialogues held in 2013 will culminate in the inaugural American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington D.C. on December 12th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Summit builds upon the findings of the 2013 progressive dialogues to unleash the potential of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance; and, to create the conditions in this country to promote energy efficiency, adopt renewable technologies, and encourage deeper investment in clean energy manufacturing.


The Council on Competitiveness is the only group of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to the future prosperity of all Americans and enhanced U.S. competitiveness in the global economy through the creation of high-value economic activity in the United States. The Council is a non-partisan and non-governmental organization.  For more information, see the Council’s website and a full list of publications at

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