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Growing Clean Energy

Consortium receives grant to support clean technology commercialization in Illinois

September 15, 2010 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University is among the leading institutions that make up an Illinois consortium, led by the Clean Energy Trust, that received a $1,050,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to support the creation of a robust ecosystem for clean energy innovation in Illinois.

The Illinois Cleantech Ecosystem Consortium (ICE) was among the five winners -- from 50 applicants -- of the awards to support moving energy technologies from the university to the market. ICE is the only group from the Midwest to win the award.

The awards were announced today by the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division.

ICE is building an ecosystem to support the commercialization of clean energy technologies from universities and labs. The consortium will launch a number of initiatives designed to evaluate and launch new clean energy businesses derived from university research.

“We are glad to be part of this Chicago coalition of energy leaders,” said Joseph (Jay) Walsh, vice president for research at Northwestern. “The grant supports our mission to grow clean energy -- from attracting new businesses and capital to bringing together thought leaders who understand how critical clean energy is to the region as well as the nation.”

The Illinois Cleantech Ecosystem includes Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Argonne National Laboratory.

The long-term objective of the consortium is to expedite the development of an international clean technology center of excellence in Illinois. Ample infrastructure to do so already is in place in the Chicagoland area. Through its members, ICE has strong research capabilities situated near the business community. Illinois has major manufacturing capabilities, strong wind and biomass resources and is situated at the center of the nation’s transportation hub and electrical grid.

Northwestern’s involvement in the Illinois Cleantech Ecosystem is supported by the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). ISEN is dedicated to growing research, education and outreach in areas of sustainability and energy at Northwestern with particular emphasis on green transportation, solar energy, carbon cycle research and policy, economics and marketing. 
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