Program Description: The Rutgers University EcoComplex is a leading “Clean Energy Innovation Center” that focuses on sustainable biomass and waste-based clean energy technologies and was one of the first in the nation to serve as a successful, university-based clean energy business incubator. The Center utilizes a successful combination of applied research and expertise from University researchers, outreach, education and business development through incubation. The Center was established in 2001 and currently houses 14 start-up companies, a majority from the clean energy sector. The 32,000 square foot facility is located at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex in Columbus, NJ, has approximately 4,700 square feet of wet lab, dry lab, and tech scale-up space, nine offices, three conference rooms, three classrooms, and a large auditorium that holds up to 180 people. An additional 46,000 square feet of sustainable greenhouse production space and 10,000 square feet of technology scale -up space, is also available for new businesses to develop and scale up purpose-grown energy crops. Its location at a large active landfill enables the Center to also provide easy access to feedstocks and facilities. The EcoComplex has become a model for biomass and waste-based clean energy business incubation and clean energy cluster development. The EcoComplex not only provides affordable and unique lab, office and scale-up space, but also it partners with the incubating companies on projects and grant proposals for testing and verification of emerging clean energy technologies. These integrated efforts reduce risks, break-down barriers to success and facilitate the transition of new technologies into the clean energy market.
Technology Sectors Supported: Agriculture, Chemicals & Advanced Materials, Energy Efficiency, Power Generation, Transportation & Mobility, Waste, Water
Geography Served: State of New Jersey
Stage of Company Served: Early Stage - Idea/Proof of Concept, Prototyping, Testing/Certification
Program Tenure: 19 years
Requirements: They have to be a clean energy development. They need insurance to use labs and offices.
1200 Florence-Columbus Road