Clemson President James P. Clements

Clemson President James P. Clements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clemson University President James P. Clements is joining academic and industry leaders to explore ways to increase energy productivity as part of the Council on Competitiveness Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 Summit, under way in Washington, D.C.

Other speakers in the two-day summit include U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; U.S. Rep. Tom Reed of New York; Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware; Eric Spiegel, president of Siemens North America; and other leaders of industry, national labs and universities.

Clements is part of a panel discussion focusing on driving energy productivity and integration in buildings and transportation, bringing Clemson’s expertise and research at two innovation campuses into the national discussion.

He will brief the panel and audience on relevant work at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville and the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) in North Charleston, where faculty, students and industry partners collaborate on efforts to design more energy-efficient automobiles, improve manufacturing processes, test energy innovations on a simulated grid and unique wind-turbine drivetrain testing facilities, and educate the next generation workforce for automotive and energy industries.

“The ability to innovate is what’s going to drive energy productivity in America,” Clements said. “Working together, higher education, industry and government can create environments where innovation can thrive, such as those at CU-ICAR and CURI.”

The Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan leadership organization of corporate chief executive officers, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors committed to advancing U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.