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U Washington’s energy research and technology center to link scientists with industry

By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

The University of Washington and its Clean Energy Institute took a step toward the coming launch of its Center for Advanced Materials and Clean Energy Technologies, or CAMCET, by naming Kevin Klustner as the inaugural executive director. When complete, CAMCET will be a 340,000-square-foot building that will bring together UW scientists and engineers with industry, civic and nonprofit partners to accelerate clean energy solutions.

The building will house space for research, learning and cleantech prototyping, testing and validation. It will also offer space for outside organizations aligned with the UW’s clean energy innovation mission.

CAMCET is the first building in a massive development planned for the UW West Campus, featuring 3 million square-feet of space designed to foster a thriving collaboration ecosystem for the university and its partners.

“UW and its Clean Energy Institute have helped establish Washington as a leader in clean energy innovation and the CAMCET building will catapult Washington to even greater heights,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “With this center, our students will get the best education and prepare for jobs of the future, while our cleantech companies will grow and create good jobs for our economy.”

“UW is a powerhouse in advanced materials and clean energy research and development,” said Klustner. “CAMCET will connect these UW researchers with local and global industry and nonprofit partners to bring critical clean technologies to the world. CAMCET, and West Campus at large, represents a new model for buildings on campus that will greatly benefit our students, faculty, and region and I’m proud to help lead this effort.”

Added Daniel Schwartz, UW CEI Director and Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering. “External partners that join UW in CAMCET will have access to a fantastic talent pool and the instruments and technology testbeds needed to advance their ventures. With CAMCET, UW will chart an exciting course for how we educate future clean energy leaders and build a community dedicated to getting clean energy technologies to market faster to combat climate change.”

Subject to UW Regents’ approval, UW will seek a developer for CAMCET in 2019, with construction currently slated to begin in fall 2020.

Source: UW News

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