ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL OF MAINE

Nov 15th - Building Maine's Clean Tech Corridor

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011
  • 7:15 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland


Speaker's Power Point Presentations 
(click on presenter's name to download)

Jake Ward, the University of Maine’s Department of Industrial Cooperation
Tom Brubaker, Brunswick Landing's Renewable Energy Center
Jeff Thaler: Maine Wind and Ocean Energy Industry Initiative
Andrew Wilson: NECEC's Cleantech Innovations New England


Clean Tech Corridor panelists share a laugh: (left to right: Jake Ward, Tom Brubaker, Jeff Thaler, & Andrew Wilson)

On Nov 15th E2Tech rolled out a new initiative known as the Clean Tech Corridor and what this new initiative means for Maine and the future of the state's economy. (Clean Tech Corridor info).

Speakers:

  • Jake Ward: the University of Maine’s Department of Industrial Cooperation
  • Jeff Thaler: Maine Wind and Ocean Energy Industry Initiative (a project of E2Tech)
  • Tom Brubaker: Brunswick Landing's Renewable Energy Center (a partnership of E2Tech)
  • Andrew Wilson: New England Clean Energy Council's Cleantech Innovations New England (a partnership of E2Tech)
Moderator: Deb Neuman, Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic & Community Development
What is the Clean Tech Corridor?

The Corridor has a simple purpose: to connect regional businesses with Maine resources to form, sustain and grow the clean technology (clean tech) sector throughout the Northeast. The Corridor is intended for businesses which require, but cannot easily access high quality research and development services, facilities, clusters, and other opportunities that support the growth and maintenance of the clean tech industry.

Maine is uniquely positioned to play an important role in serving the clean tech sector by offering assets through its current business base which include: 

  • world class laboratories and research centers at the University of Maine;
  • a renewable energy business park being developed at Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station; 
  • an extensive supply chain of products and services catering to the ocean and wind power industry; and
  • New England Clean Energy Council's Cleantech Innovations New England which will provide funding and services to assist in the commercialization of promising clean tech innovation (e.g., providing pre-seed startups with demonstration sites, subsidized incubator space, R&D and technical assistance, and access to corporate, angel, and venture capital investors).

These are but a few of the current and burgeoning assets that can be found throughout the state. 

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What is Clean Tech?

Clean Tech is defined by a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and reduce or eliminate emissions and wastes. Clean tech firms seek to increase performance, productivity and efficiency by minimizing negative effects on the environment, and describe companies that generally deal in energy (renewables, bio-fuels, efficiency, storage), recycling and waste, the environment, transportation, agriculture, materials and manufacturing. The clean tech sector refers both to clean tech firms as well as to all those industries that support those firms including construction, legal, marketing and any other number of businesses which may play a role as service providers. 

Clean tech venture capital has bounced back in the recently concluded third quarter, according to Ernst & Young. The accounting firm said U.S. VC investment in clean tech companies increased 73 percent, to $1.1 billion. Regionally, while California was the top spot for clean tech investment ($583 million  in the 3rd quarter), Massachusetts was next at $170.4 million.  

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The clean tech corridor to launch       Oct 31, 2011

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