- Next Energy will partner with Automation Alley, Center for Automotive Research, and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to support value-chain analysis, industry transition solutions, and new product and technology development efforts, including a research and development network linking to the region’s academic institutions.
- Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! Agencies will partner with various regional academic institutions and the Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance to support education and training efforts.
- Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council will work with the region’s underserved populations, including minorities and those from low-income areas, to support supplier diversification efforts.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to work with such capable partners in Southeast Michigan to grow jobs related to these new energy technologies,” said Jeannine La Prad, president and CEO of CSW, a national nonprofit based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that focuses on creating good jobs and thriving communities. Funding will help the Michigan AESS industry grow the supply chain around advanced energy storage systems, with a focus on diversifying existing firms and helping grow new ones to meet the needs of the rapidly shifting automotive industry. It also will help train engineers and technicians who must be prepared to help drive innovation, development, and production in this critical field.
“We are honored to have been among those chosen for this award,” said NextEnergy President and CEO Ronald J. Gardhouse. “This funding provides critical support to NextEnergy in our role as the alternative-energy Innovation Hub for Detroit and the State of Michigan.”
Founded in 2002 as a nonprofit organization in Detroit, NextEnergy is driving innovative energy technologies through collaboration.