If Northeast Ohio does not succeed in building a sustainable, thriving advanced energy cluster, it won’t be for lack of trying.
If the region does succeed, plenty of people, projects and partners (yes, another Three Ps) will deserve credit. An exhaustive list could go on for pages, but here are four Northeast Ohio groups to watch:
- Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University, whose mission is to enable the transition to advanced sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization, through coordinated research, development and education
- Great Lakes Wind Network, which is an international supply chain advisory group and network of manufacturers whose mission is to increase the domestic content of North America’s wind turbines
- NASA Glenn Research Center, which is evaluating several demonstration projects, to test, evaluate and advance institution applications of wind turbines, fuel cells, and photovoltaics
- NorTech Energy Enterprise, which is leading a collaborative regional effort to drive commercial activity in advanced energy
Of course, other regions, states and countries have similar ideas – and every area has its advantages to promote and its disadvantages to overcome. The difference between being a big winner and a disappointed contender may be small. The big idea is in place; now, like everything else, it comes down to execution on a day-to-day, one-on-one basis.