Michigan Tech Partners in Department of Energy Research Institute

REMADE could help develop new aluminum alloys to recycle beverage cans into 3-D printer filament.

Michigan Technological University is one of 85 partners in a US Department of Energy-funded $70 million energy-saving project called the REMADE (Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions) Institute. 

The project’s goal is to drive down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste. Ultimately REMADE hopes to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027.

The REMADE Institute will be led by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability in Rochester, New York. It is the fifth Department of Energy institute in a multiagency network called Manufacturing USA or the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Michigan Tech’s Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) is coordinating the involvement of Michigan Tech faculty and staff in this multidisciplinary research initiative. Research projects will focus on improving the ways that materials like plastics, metals, woody fibers and e-waste can be recycled and re-utilized in current or new product systems. 

SFI staff will also help industry partners evaluate the sustainability impacts of these new technology improvements, to ensure that US manufacturing industries are focused on making changes that are good for people and good for the planet, as well as offering economic advantages to the businesses making these improvements. 

"The DOE REMADE institute will be a great opportunity for Michigan Tech to be involved in important new developments across the manufacturing industry,” says SFI Operations Manager Robert Handler. “We look forward to developing projects with Michigan Tech faculty and industry partners to support the overall REMADE focus on more sustainable manufacturing systems."


Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.