Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Raleigh-based GridBridge, developer and enabler of breakthrough power delivery systems, has joined the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC), the initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy. GridBridge, the first Entrepreneur member to join the Cluster, was also one of the only start-ups in the region selected for the Department of Energy’s recently established Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
“We are proud to have the leadership of GridBridge join the Cluster. They are an encouraging story that demonstrates the power of the regional cleantech ecosystem,” said RTCC Chairman Ed White. The company has developed a novel technology to aid utility companies as a rapidly growing range of new energy demands from customers impacts the electric grid.Read more
Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) companies plan a full-court press Tuesday serving as judges and expert panelists for the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual ACC Clean Energy Business Plan Challenge at N.C. State University. Top executives from ABB, Duke Energy, Power Analytics Corp., Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens will judge business plan presentations made by teams from 10 competing Atlantic Coast Conference schools. The winning team will receive $100,000 to seed its venture and the chance to compete in the National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals.
“These student entrepreneurs and their universities are our future,” said Kevin O’Hara, vice president of smart grid operations for Siemens and RTCC founding board member, one of the cluster executives volunteering as judge. “They are key drivers of innovation in new energy and resource technologies. So, it’s exciting to play a role in launching their ideas and ventures.”Read more