clean·​tech | \ˈklēn-ˌtek \

Definition of cleantech 

: 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

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Fremont has tried to attract cleantech and biotech firms as well as hardware and software tech companies to the roughly 850-acre area in its south end, where thousands of housing units and more retail are planned. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Charged up in Fremont over speedy food deliveries on bikes," 21 Apr. 2017 Not only has cleantech patenting slowed down, but there are indications that the early-stage financing system critical to helping innovative new energy companies grow is not working well either. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Puget Sound lagging VC among clean-tech clusters," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of cleantech

1985, in the meaning defined above

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