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Benchmarking the Growth of Global Clean Energy Manufacturing

01/19/2017 10:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.
The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is pleased to announce the release of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center report, Benchmarks of Global Clean Energy Manufacturing.

We recognized that a challenge for many decision makers, especially in smaller to medium-sized businesses, has been to obtain comprehensive information on the trade and economic contribution of manufactured goods in the global clean energy economy. 

To make that information more accessible, we commissioned this first-ever annual assessment of the state of global clean energy manufacturing. This report details trade and economic benchmarks for the global manufacture of four essential clean energy technologies: wind turbine components, crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, vehicle lithium ion battery cells, and light-emitting diode (LED) packages.

The data shows several very positive findings for the U.S. role in global clean energy manufacturing:

  • The United States is one of the top five manufacturing economies globally.
  • Of the 12 economies evaluated, the United States retains the highest manufacturing value added, which means that  money spent on clean energy products in the United States tends to stay in the United States, benefitting domestic manufacturing plants and workers.
  • The United States has the highest demand for clean energy technologies among the 12 key economies, which is promising for domestic production growth because consumer proximity can be a major factor when deciding where to locate manufacturing, especially for technologies that are difficult and costly to transport such as wind turbine components.
  • The United States has significant manufacturing output in multiple technologies.

These findings show that the U.S. economy is in a position to continue to benefit domestically from clean energy manufacturing. Continued progress in these technologies and in advanced manufacturing processes will ensure that the U.S. can maintain and strengthen its position in clean energy manufacturing in the years to come.  ​​

Find out more information here. Read the full report here​.


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