Delaware’s commitment to a comprehensive energy policy of efficiency, clean energy generation and renewable R&D is driving significant investment in the sector.
Next-generation energy companies like fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy and solar company Motech Industries, coupled with groundbreaking research at the University of Delaware, are leading the way for robust growth in the State’s energy industry.
Delaware is among the states leading the nation in solar energy:
The State is working on multiple fronts, supporting initiatives aimed at improving conventional energy efficiency while aggressively pursuing a clean energy policy to provide a strong job market, protect the environment and incentivize companies seeking to develop innovative energy-related products and services.
The State’s clean energy bills call for the installation of some 250 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic systems by 2025 to spur the creation of hundreds of secure, quality jobs and to establish Delaware as a national leader in the adoption of renewable energy. These bills also promote other sources of renewable energy, such as offshore wind infrastructure, to generate thousands of jobs in manufacturing, metal fabricating, electrical services and marine trades. Also, Delaware’s net metering law allows third-party solar financing and shared solar, supporting the distributed solar market.
Delaware’s strategic location provides easy access to manufacturing resources, consumers and business partners regionally, nationally and worldwide. The State has a pro-business environment, unrivalled research expertise and a talented workforce. Delaware’s responsive government understands the needs of business, offering tax incentives, infrastructure, development support, grants and other incentives for new and expanding businesses.
Local company Compact Membrane Systems has developed game-changing technology that could dramatically reduce the energy used at oil refineries to separate petroleum compounds. Membranes have long been pursued by the oil industry as a solution to the high cost and high energy required for compound separation, but until now, they have not measured up.
The CCEI was established in 2009 as an Energy Frontier Research Center by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The center, a partnership between the University of Delaware, nine academic institutions and two national laboratories, is developing technologies to convert biomass to biofuels and chemicals.
Newark-based LINNE industries has developed the PondHawk system, a low-maintenance, solar-powered aerator that works year-round to keep ponds algae-free. The company has already installed units at a number of golf courses and private residences in the region, and is exploring options to expand its market nationally and internationally.
The DRE Taskforce is a State initiative established by the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act to provide recommendations for establishing renewable energy trading mechanisms and other structures to support the growth of renewable energy in Delaware.