Philadelphia: Manufacturing Innovation, Energy Conservation

By September 27, 2010Energy, Innovation

Manufacturers in the United States are global leaders when it comes to energy efficiency and conservation, even as industry calls for additional development of domestic energy supplies.  They’re the flip sides of energy security.

From Glass Magazine, “PPG to help inaugurate Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster“:

PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, will participate in a ceremony Sept. 27 to celebrate the awarding of $129 million in federal funds to create the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster, a 5-year initiative designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the U.S., according to a Sept. 23 release.

PPG is one of five industry partners in the project, which includes 11 academic institutions, two U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, and several regional economic development agencies and community colleges. PPG will offer expertise in a host of energy-efficient building technologies for both new construction and retrofit applications with a focus on innovations for the building envelope.

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster’s brochure is available here as a .pdf. Excerpt:

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) is a consortium of academic institutions, federal laboratories, global industry partners, regional economic development agencies and other stakeholders that joined forces to secure up to $130 million in federal grants from the Department of Energy. The funding will foster national energy independence and create quality jobs for the region. The GPIC’s efforts are intended to establish The Navy Yard, Philadelphia and the region as the national center for energy efficient research, education, policy and commercialization. Key personnel of the GPIC will be headquartered at The Navy Yard in a retrofitted building that will become a living  laboratory for energy efficient building design.

The GPIC’s plan for energy efficient buildings is the culmination of more than a decade of dedicated team effort. All told, more than 90 organizations have made commitments to the GPIC; a collaboration among research, education, industry and development to create and showcase energy efficiency strategies and best practices for building design.

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