Our cluster members are changing the face of energy, water and transportation with their own technologies and joining forces to innovate together.

They’re a powerful combination of global cleantech giants, utility companies, mid-size powerhouses, specialized professional service firms and innovative startups, many launched using technologies developed in our research universities.

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Hoffman Building Technologies: Learning and Giving

Few on the medical staff of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital know or care much about what the facility’s utility bill is. Nor do patients. The mission of the 536-bed teaching hospital is saving lives, not energy. But working with the right experts, Moses Cone has been able to slash its energy usage and trim costs – all without patients or personnel ever noticing anything.

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RTCC Entrepreneur Members: Innovating at the Edge

Like a massive, 3D jigsaw puzzle, the rapidly evolving cleantech ecosystem comprises a complex web of technologies that are transforming our electric power grid, creating the next generation of clean, intelligent transportation options and enabling smarter, better-managed use of precious water resources.

In this puzzle, a single innovation may provide the piece needed to launch a new product line, new service or even a whole new industry.

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Burkhead Brand Group: Cleantech Marketing as ‘Connective Tissue’

As a publicly-traded corporation, Active Power has a responsibility to communicate with its investors as well as its customers. The Texas-based company [NASDAQ: ACPW] is a global leader in flywheel technologies that are reliable and efficient sources of energy for data centers, hospitals and other operations sensitive to even slight disruptions in electrical supply.  As such, Active Power must convey its value proposition in terms and tone readily understandable to both technical and non-technical audiences.

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RTCC Success Story -- O'Brien/Atkins Associates, PA

Few sights in downtown Raleigh stand as clearer symbols of the future of urban design as Green Square, a 250,000-square-foot complex of buildings housing the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Nature Research Center and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) headquarters.

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McKim & Creed - A Culture Apart

New technologies and solutions will help society maximize scarce natural resources. Business models and regulatory approaches are being reshaped, and that means a change in the collective mindset. McKim & Creed, a full-service engineering and surveying consultancy founded in 1978, believes technical experts can provide valuable policy leadership necessary in transforming thinking on cleantech issues.

Take water, for example. “As a society, we’re at the tip of the iceberg as far as our water infrastructure needs,” says Tim Baldwin, PE, senior vice president at McKim & Creed. “The general public is only just now starting to realize the magnitude of the scarcity issue.”

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Kilpatrick Townsend Law Firm: Paving the Way for Innovation

In mid-2012, when Georg Veit walked into a Charlotte conference center for a panel discussion on alternative-energy project financing, he had little idea he would come face-to-face with a pivotal resource to help his German company stake its ambitious claim in the U.S. solar market. Moderating the panel that day was Steve Levitas, a Raleigh environmental attorney with a broad base of expertise in the business and regulatory facets of solar development.

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ElectriCities: Readying Communities for the Utility Solutions of Tomorrow

Close relationships with municipalities from the Atlantic Ocean to the Western North Carolina mountains put ElectriCities in a unique position to facilitate transformative new utility solutions. Local governments have long relied on the organization for customer service and safety training, legal services, economic development support and legislative advocacy. But as emerging technologies spark dramatic changes in energy production and conservation, ElectriCities’ role is taking on even greater importance.

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NCEMC Pioneers Smart Grid Solutions

Unique among commodities, electricity cannot be stored. Since the time of Thomas Edison, utilities have had to carefully monitor variations in load to ensure adequate and affordable supply. But new technologies and analytical methods are now rapidly transforming the way energy providers are able to do this, as a partnership between Siemens and the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) is now proving.

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