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CLEAN TECHNOLOGY

NEW HORIZONS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Clean technology is leading a revolution—one that promises better, greener and more efficient ways of operating through the responsible use of natural resources. And as the clean tech industry has evolved, Indianapolis has progressed along with it.

In fact, Indiana ranks second in per capita as the best opportunity for jobs and investment in renewable energy components manufacturing. So whether you’re a business providing clean tech applications, or one seeking to incorporate them into your operations, you’ll find Indianapolis a community where sustainability is at the forefront of development.

THE INDIANAPOLIS REGION'S DIVERSE CLEAN TECH INDUSTRY
Bowen Engineering
Brevini Wind
ENth Energy
Midwest ISO
Cummins
Delphi
Allison Transmission
Bright Automotive
Caterpillar
Remy
EnerDel
Stellarwind Bio Energy
THE INDIANAPOLIS REGION. NEW HORIZONS FOR DEVELOPMENT.

RECHARGING OUR FUTURE

Clean technology affects almost every industry. It’s as broad as it is deep. In Indianapolis, we’re developing a focus on clean technology expertise in two key areas: energy and automotive.

ENERGY GENERATION

Indianapolis is home to a growing, number of manufacturing companies that produce components integral to alternative energy production, particularly wind energy. Many engineering firms are involved in incorporating clean tech into the construction and operations of buildings as well.

EFFICIENCY

Companies are taking advantage of another new energy development: IT applications for more efficient use of electricity. Energy auditors and monitors are helping businesses find ways to lower their energy usage and control costs. With large manufacturing facilities, multiple higher education campuses and several hospitals, there are many opportunities for energy-efficiency technology companies to help businesses operate smarter and use less energy.

INFRASTRUCTURE

From Project Plug-IN – one of the first national infrastructures for plug-in stations for hybrid vehicles – to building smart grids and other advancements, Indianapolis is starting to build a solid infrastructure that provides more readily available access to renewable energy.

AUTOMOTIVE HYBRIDS

A pioneer of the electric power train, Indiana’s industry now spans the entire electric/hybrid/plug-in vehicle production chain, with established and emerging companies focused on engines and electric motors, power electronics, energy storage, advanced chassis and overall systems integration.

RENEWABLE BATTERIES

Indiana companies have developed some of the most notable advancements in energy storage and battery technology systems, and today, our region is widely associated with the production of renewable batteries and technologies innovatively storing and mediating battery energy.

RENEWABLE FUELS

Alternative fuel production is a natural outgrowth of Indiana’s strong agricultural industry. As one of the largest corn and soybean states, Indiana has 20+ biofuel plants with a combined one billion gallons of capacity, including the world’s largest biodiesel plant.

THE POWER TO DELIVER

With one of the foremost training grounds in engineering and advanced manufacturing, the Indianapolis region has the critical mass of talent to sustain a clean technology initiative for long-term economic impact.

And our long heritage in manufacturing and IT means you can find the workforce you need to support your business, today and in the future.

IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Recipient of a $4.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the Crossroads Smart Grid Training Program, a partnership with Purdue University

Curriculum focused on working with utilities, regulatory agencies, developers, and manufacturers of smart grid equipment/technologies

Sustainable energy program (associate’s degree)
IUPUI (INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS)
School of Engineering and Technology with ties to Purdue University

Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy

Research in fuel cell and battery technologies; renewable hydrogen; biofuel production; hybrid, electric and plug-in vehicles
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
9th best engineering school in the nation

Energy Center at Discovery Park, with focus areas in advanced vehicle ground power; batteries and advanced electrochemical systems; bioenergy; green buildings; hydrogen systems; and solar, wind and water energy
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Energy Center with research and education programs in energy efficiency; safe nuclear waste storage; solar and other renewable energy
ROSE-HULMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Environmental engineering program

Electrical engineering program

POWERFUL RESOURCES FOR TECHNOLOGY

With a thriving economy and a variety of targeted programs, Indianapolis can provide many resources and incentives for the clean technology industry.

IPL

Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) established a pilot Rate REP (Renewable Energy Production) for wind, solar or biomass renewable energy production effective March 2010. The REP rate program, commonly called a "feed-in tariff," expects to install more than 100MW of renewable energy production in Indianapolis.

ENERGY SYSTEMS NETWORK (ESN)

A partnership of private firms, research institutions and public agencies, ESN is focused on bringing new energy technologies to market by leveraging Indiana’s strong manufacturing sector, R&D capabilities and advanced energy systems. Key programs include:

  • Hoosier Heavy Hybrid: Partnership to develop a fully integrated hybrid power train for trucks
  • Project Plug-In: Commercial scale demonstration of plug-in hybrid and smart-grid technology
  • Microgreen: Project to develop integrated power storage solutions

SUSTAININDY

Created by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, this program focuses on reducing the environmental impact of city operations and working with private partners to ensure that Indy moves towards being a more sustainable city.

THE SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR CENTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AT IUPUI

With an international reputation in renewable energy research, the center is developing a core expertise in fuel cell technology and in biofuel production.

CLEAN TECH

Renewable Energy Packet (PDF)