Alternative Energy & Cleantech

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Several Ann Arbor firms are developing and producing alternative battery technologies. A123 houses a research office in Ann Arbor that is developing lithium batteries for hybrid vehicles. Ultra Electronics, AMI is a growing company that manufactures fuel cell-based portable power devices for military applications.

The EPA National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions lab recently expanded into clean automotive technology and the testing of alternative fuels.

The University of Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute focuses on alternative energy technologies such as wind, solar, biofuels, nuclear and geothermal.

In 2010, the University of Michigan received $19.5M from the Department of Energy to establish the Center for Solar and Thermal Conversion in Complex Materials.