Indiana's progressive, pro-business environment, innovative workforce, and unmatched technological and manufacturing expertise make the state a center for research, development and production in the energy industry.
Indiana is called the "Crossroads of America" for good reason. We have more intersecting interstates than any other state, three international airports, a competitive rail system, and three marine ports on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River.
- Indiana leads the way in a variety of other alternative energy fields.
- Indiana is home to the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River and was ranked by the American Wind Energy Association as the fastest-growing state for wind energy development in the nation in 2008.
- Innovative wind power companies like Horizon Wind Energy, BP America, Dominion, Fairfield Manufacturing Co., ATI Casting Service, and Brevini Wind USA have chosen to do business in Indiana. These companies, and many others, find the talent and resources they need for success in Indiana.
- Located in the heart of the Midwest, Indiana has proven capability in metal fabricating, an abundant supply of reliable low-cost power, and engineering expertise for wind power development.
- Indiana's biofuel plants now total more than 850 million gallons of production capacity.
- The world's first full-scale clean coal power plant is currently under construction in Knox County.
- The nation's largest geothermal heating and cooling system is being built in Muncie.
Research and Development
Indiana is a leading state in the research and development of next-generation batteries and electric drive vehicles.
- Indianacompanies like Delco Remy and, later, Delphi have been global leaders in the production of battery systems for advanced technology vehicles and led the efforts around the development of the battery system.
- Indiana is home to a number of established and emerging battery technology companies, including Delphi Electronic & Safety, the only U.S. manufacturer of hybrid power converters, controllers and battery packs, and EnerDel, the only domestic lithium-ion battery company currently manufacturing in the United States.
- Indiana is a national hub for battery systems development and testing for the defense and national security industry, with unique assets like the U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, which has forged strong partnerships around energy storage technologies with several top defense contractors across Indiana including Raytheon, SAIC, ITT, General Dynamics, and others.
- Indiana's world-class research universities, including Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and the University of Notre Dame, have formed an active research and development partnership around next-generation battery technology and are working with a network of industry partners to accelerate technology transfer.
Indiana is aggressively involved in energy project innovations.
In 2008, Indiana launched the Energy Systems Network in order to fully leverage these assets and accelerate the development of advanced battery and other energy technology solutions. The network has already forged a number of joint partnerships involving Fortune 500 companies, innovative Indiana start-ups, and leading research institutions. Network member organizations include: Duke Energy, Cummins, Delphi, Allison Transmission, Remy, IBM, SAIC, Rolls Royce, Raytheon, Indianapolis Power & Light, Brevini, I-Power, EnerDel, AltiarNano, Bright Automotive, Rocky Mountain Institute, Midwest ISO, NSWC Crane, Purdue University, Indiana University, The University of Notre Dame, and Ivy Tech Community College.
Indiana is home to the Energy Center at Purdue Discovery Park, which is exploring innovative new wind-turbine technology that offers significant advantages over conventional designs as well as an Energy Frontier Research Center, which will focus on finding more efficient and less expensive methods to produce biofuels.