Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) managing director Lee Anne Nance told a global cleantech industry audience in Lyon, France, Dec. 4 that significant economic opportunity exists for companies that locate in and partner with the region’s cleantech community.
“Global utility companies alone expect to spend $1.5 trillion within five years to update smart grid infrastructure,” said Nance, who is also executive vice president of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, which formed and manages the RTCC.
“Companies in our cluster want the utility industry and others to call on them to make those upgrades and lead industry innovations,” Nance said. “Our job, as the lead economic development agency for our region, is to help make sure that happens. Fortunately, we are having great success.”
Nance was invited to deliver keynote remarks at the Global Markets Forum of POLLUTEC 2014, the largest international exhibition of environmental and energy equipment, technologies and services. She also joined a panel with three other cluster representatives (one from Milwaukee and two from France) who debated the benefits of their cluster models.
Nance took the opportunity while in Lyon to market the region to cleantech companies seeking opportunities for relocation and expansion. She also met with representatives from two French clusters – Tenerrdis from the Rhône-Alpes region and Team Cote D’Azur from Nice – to discuss future collaborations and meet some of their member companies. The clusters plan to bring a delegation of company prospects to the Research Triangle Region in April.
Also marketing the state’s cleantech cluster at POLLUTEC were four N.C. companies who exhibited at the event at the invitation of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, which leads business recruitment for the state, and Rick Hill, the N.C. partnership’s international business development manager.
Three of the exhibiting companies are from the Research Triangle Region: Apex instruments, Fuquay Varina; Green Global Technologies, Morrisville; and Waste to Green, Henderson. The fourth, Roll-Tech Molding Products, is from Hickory.
Apex Instruments manufactures equipment for sampling emissions from industrial chimneys and smoke stacks. Green Global Technologies delivers both simple and complex water and wastewater systems. Waste to Green provides e-waste and commercial recycling services. Roll-Tech Molding Products offers wheel and caster products for industry.
About the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry board members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Itron Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens and its members. RTRP leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina.