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Benchmark Study of Global Clean Energy Manufacturing

Through a first-of-its-kind benchmark study, the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) has isolated and quantified the economic impacts of the clean energy manufacturing sectors.

Flowchart image labeled 'Value Chain for Clean Energy Technologies' and underneath it within an arrow, pointing to the right it says: 'Development,' 'Manufacturing' (highlighted in green), 'Installation/Construction,' 'System Integration,' and 'Operation and Maintenance.' From 'Manufacturing,' two dashed lines point to another arrow labeled, 'Manufacturing Supply Chain Links.' Within the arrow, pointing to the right, it says: 'Raw Materials,' Processed Materials,' 'Sub-Components,' and 'Clean Energy Technology End Product.'

The study examined four clean energy technologies: wind turbine components, crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, light-duty vehicle lithium ion battery cells, and LED packages for lighting and other consumer products. It also incorporated the economies representing the largest global manufacturing centers of these technologies:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China (including Taiwan)
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States.

The results show the manufacturing of these and other clean energy technologies is a global enterprise, which constantly changes based on market forces and technology advances across the manufacturing supply chain.


Manufacturers and policymakers can use this benchmark study as a reference point against which they can compare over time the unfolding clean energy revolution.


For more information about the study, including the benchmarks and findings, see CEMAC's Benchmarks of Global Clean Energy Manufacturing.


Learn more about NREL's manufacturing analysis capabilities.