Clean Technology & Environmental Innovation Hub
Delaware has positioned itself to become a hub for clean technology and environmental innovation in the decades ahead, particularly in the areas of natural gas technology and solar energy. The state’s reputation for cutting-edge research and invention, combined with a world-class workforce, make Delaware a prime location for companies that are looking to create the next generation of fuel sources or reduce their carbon footprints.
Every day, companies in the state are creating environmentally friendly technologies, including advances from companies like Delaware-headquartered DuPont, whose EcoConcept painting system for the auto manufacturing industry has dramatically reduced energy consumption and solvent emissions.
Delaware is also lowering businesses’ costs and reducing their impact on the environment by investing in natural gas, a more cost-effective fuel source, including a new gas-fired Calpine Corporation power plant that will serve the Dover region.
Green and Material Sciences Companies with Operations in Delaware:
- Bloom Energy, a fuel cell technology company, opened a new manufacturing facility on the site of the former Chrysler plant in Newark in 2013, producing “Bloom Boxes” that create electrical power from natural gas through an electrochemical reaction versus burning the gas.
- Air Liquide is a world leader in producing air gases for industry, health and the environment. As part of Air Liquide’s ongoing research and development, the Delaware Research and Technology Center (DRTC) supports 7 Core Global Labs across multiple research fields: process engineering, material science, analytical science, life science, combustion, fine chemicals synthesis and applied mathematics.
Resources for Environmental Science Companies
The University of Delaware campus has several centers and institutes dedicated to renewable energy research and technology innovation, including:
- The UD Institute of Energy Conversion , designated by the U.S. Department of Energy as a national center of excellence in photovoltaic research and education, has one of the world’s largest thin-film solar cell laboratories.
- The UD Energy Institute is dedicated to applying the university’s expertise in emerging energy technologies and research to challenges in energy sufficiency and sustainability.
- The UD Center for Energy and Environmental Policy is a leading institution for graduate education, research and advocacy in energy and environmental policy.
- The Clean Energy Technology Device Manufacturers’ Tax Credit allows companies that produce solar power devices, fuel cells, wind power devices or geothermal power devices to qualify for tax credits.
- The Brownfield Assistance Program provides economic benefits to businesses looking to redevelop environmentally distressed sites within the state.