clean·​tech ˈklēn-ˌtek How to pronounce cleantech (audio)
: technology that places an emphasis on environmentally friendly products, services, or practices
At the same time, they hope to keep Europe competitive in the global sector known as cleantech, an area that includes everything from electric cars … to high-capacity batteries and technologies to harvest energy from new sources like waves and tides.Beth Gardiner

Examples of cleantech in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the need for clean energy, investors expect companies campaigning for more reliable power to fuel growth in cleantech. Steve Taplin, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 The commitments this year in semiconductor and cleantech are almost double the commitments made in the same sectors all of last year and get this number: that’s almost 20 times the amount of investment in 2019. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2023 More recently, United States companies have raised double the climatetech investment of Canadian cleantech companies in the past ten years. Ankit Mishra, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The law is a part of the administration's agenda to expand domestic manufacturing and encourage the use of cleantech to fight climate change. Theara Coleman, The Week, 11 Jan. 2023 This company backed by European cleantech investor EIT InnoEnergy has recently moved quickly from operating behind the scenes to taking centerstage. Jennifer Jacobs Dungs, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Made by local cleantech developer Beam Global, each unit operates independently of the electric grid. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 Not only is climate change right at the top of the corporate and political agenda but investor cash is pouring into companies in the cleantech and impact space. Trevor Clawson, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Contrast this to the 2000s when notable venture firms were publicly criticized for their large cleantech bets that didn’t ultimately pay off. Mark Hall, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'cleantech.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleantech was in 1985

Dictionary Entries Near cleantech

Cite this Entry

“Cleantech.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!