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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The future of the United States’ commercial and industrial competitiveness on a global scale rests with innovation, said an official from the Department of Energy, and among the key areas within that sphere is energy storage.
“We’re never going to have the cheapest labor because of our skilled workforce. We’ll always have strong environmental protections,” said Alex Fitzsimmons, deputy assistant secretary in the agency’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “But the thing we can win on is technological innovation. We have to innovate faster than they can copy.”
As the keynote speaker at Brite Energy Innovators’ Ohio Next Energy Summit, Fitzsimmons said incubators like the one in downtown Warren are crucial to developing the companies and communities that will drive that innovation. Beyond just giving companies a space to develop and test their technologies and connect the entrepreneurs with funding sources, Brite also works with them to commercialize their products.
Fitzsimmons’ office oversees a portfolio of $1.1 billion in projects that are directed at improving manufacturing competitiveness, improving the energy efficiency of buildings and improving efficiency in batteries.
“We have to be able to do all the early-stage research and development, but we also …
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