Detroit, September 17, 2012 — NextEnergy won a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that will fully position NextEnergy as an Advanced Energy Innovation Center for southeast Michigan.
As an innovation center, NextEnergy will provide an applied research facility that bridges the gap between research and development and production of advanced energy technologies in a variety of fields.
"NextEnergy is very pleased to receive the Advanced Energy Innovation Center investment from the Economic Development Administration," said Jean Redfield, President and CEO, NextEnergy. "The investment will be used to accelerate the innovation of next generation electric vehicles, solid state lighting and energy efficiency technologies and applications through the programs and demonstration platforms here at NextEnergy. We are delighted to collaborate with innovative companies such as Nextek Power Systems, Ilumisys, A123 Systems, Clipper Creek and Rapid Electric Vehicles who have committed to leverage this investment."
Founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is headquartered in Detroit's Alternative Energy Renaissance Zone and serves to accelerate energy security, economic competitiveness and environmental responsibility through the growth of advanced-energy technologies, businesses and industries.