Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 7, 2010

University ranks as a top clean technology leader

U-M is included on a list of the top universities that are expected to lead the way in development of clean technology. U-M ranked fifth on the “Top 10 cleantech universities in the U.S. for 2010.”

Read more about the cleantech ranking.

The ranking by The Cleantech Group LLC cites the work of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the MPowered student organization, in particular.

Shawn Lesser of Sustainable World Capital writes: “The student-led Wolverine Venture Fund and the Frankel Commercialization Fund managed by the Zell Lurie Institute made recent investments in Environmental Operating Systems, and Accio Energy. The university’s TechArb program is poised to leverage a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem to stake out a leadership position in the emerging green economy. Notable cleantech spinouts include: T/J Technologies, Sensicore, Sakti3, and Flexsys Wind Energy. “

The Cleantech Group LLC serves as a hub to connect those with ideas for clean — not green — technology with investors. According to the organization’s Web site, it seeks to address issues of “climate change, scarcity of food, water and other commodities, and concerns about energy independence” by encouraging investment in clean technologies.