We work with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities.
What We Do
Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Since its inception, NextEnergy has worked with more than 400 companies, universities, federal agencies, and philanthropic organizations to drive more than $1.5 billion in advanced energy and mobility technology investments.
Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district with access to a microgrid, smart home, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an alternative fuels platform, we demonstrate and pilot technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences. This process helps us to quickly scale and deploy solutions by accelerating commercialization with a specific focus on smart mobility and smart grid.
Our depth of experience, technical knowledge and established network of partners have enabled us to develop effective programs and pilots and facilitate new relationships to help our clients achieve their commercialization goals.
- The Microgrid Pavilion is one of the first microgrid research pavilions in the nation, capable of mimicking any grid scenario in the world for testing and validating advanced energy and transportation technology solutions.
- NextEnergy’s smart home is a 400 square foot “living lab” that is part smart home, part distributed generation and part direct current (DC) and accessed by many different industry partners to test and demonstrate their IoT technologies.
- The campus’ Electric Vehicle Infrastructure includes 10 electric vehicle charging stations (bi-directional, wireless, fast, etc.), and supports RD&D of next generation infrastructure, including vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, vehicle-to-building and wireless charging.
- The Alternative Fuels Platform provides infrastructure to support the fueling and testing of hydrogen and biofuel vehicles, as well as alternative fuel dispensing technologies and storage systems.
- The Center’s Connected Building Technology capabilities integrate building-automation, Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), and home-automation into our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for testing purposes.
- The Center is a USDOT-affiliated testbed for connected vehicles and includes DSRC capability.
- The campus includes over 75 parking spots for connected and automated vehicles testing and demonstrations.
- Many Advanced Lighting Technologies, including indoor and outdoor LED fixtures, off-grid fixtures, advanced lighting control systems, daylighting control systems and daylight emulators, are being demonstrated and commercialized at the Center, and may be integrated into other RD&D programs.