Active Projects Supported by the Cluster
- City of Chicago/State of Illinois Regional Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
- ComEd – AMI Rollout
- ICC IL Statewide Smart Grid Collaborative
- IIT perfect Power
- IIT Wind Energy Consortium
- TCIPG at ITI at UIUC
- ComEd Smart Grid Test Bed
- Ameren Smart Grid Test Bed
- Oak Park Smart City USA Demonstration Project
- Shedd Aquarium Energy Master Plan
- Argonne Laboratory Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
Innovation Acceleration Platform
The Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster supports the innovation, investment, expansion and development of Smart Grid technology in three key ways:
The Innovation Ecosystem
Innovation EcosysterIllinois is a vibrant economic cluster for driving the smart grid economy forward. Illinois utilities are investing $3.2 billion in the state’s electric grid, providing a unique opportunity to expand smart grid economic activity. Active participants include corporations, utilities, research institutions, federal labs, and startups. The Illinois Smart Grid Cluster is bringing these participants together through events that showcase innovative technology, connect entrepreneurs to big business, and support new companies.
Small businesses and startups can join the Illinois Smart Grid Cluster Accelerator for direct business and technical support. Accelerator companies have access to suite of services including financial support, business plan development, and sales strategies. We help companies identify federal funding opportunities, and offer a prepackaged turnkey back office to help get young companies up and running faster. Accelerate here.
Launching New Ventures
Investment ready companies can gain access to a network of experienced mentors that embody the smart grid supply chain, network with angel and venture investors, and test new technology on the live grid proving grounds run by Illinois Utilities and Universities. Companies can also apply for direct investment of up to $1.5M. Launch here.