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ARPA-E: Funding and Support Available for Energy Innovation

A little-known but highly effective federal agency is helping companies develop energy technologies not yet ready for venture investment.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s version of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency credited with developing the Internet and GPS. While DARPA promotes the development of new technologies for the military, ARPA-E invests in disruptive ideas to create America’s future energy technologies.

January 15, 2015 |
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Keys to Smart Grid Success? Integration, Public Policy

While technological advances and consumer demands accelerate the pace of innovation in electric power generation, distribution and consumption, it is grid integration and public policies that ultimately will determine how rapidly and well those advances are deployed.

This was the consensus expressed by energy experts convened at the first-ever Energy Thought Summit at Research Triangle in Raleigh Nov. 12 to examine the complexities facing an electric power industry being turned on its head by rapid change.

December 2, 2014 |
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How a community can create a successful cleantech cluster

At SXSW Eco in Austin, a panel of experts discussed how to build and sustain a cleantech cluster of public and private partnerships to progress renewable energy.

"Cleantech cluster" is not the most innovative term, and even the people who have made careers out of it don't particularly care for it. But as buzzwords go, this one is starting to catch fire.

October 8, 2014 |
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Data Matters - Data Science Summer Workshop Series

Sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the "Data Matters: Data Science Summer Workshop Series" is a week-long series of classes for researchers, data analysts, and other individuals who wish to increase their skills in data studies and integrate data science methods into their research designs and skill sets. Scholars, analysts, and researchers from all disciplines and industries are welcome.

June 27, 2014 |
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Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster: IT'S A REVOLUTION

Building Smart Cities through Smart Energy, Transportation and Water

Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and some of the area’s cleantech innovators to talk about how the Research Triangle Region is leading the smart city revolution!

June 24, 2014 |
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State of Research Triangle Region Event Highlights Regional Economic Growth

Whether facilitating world-leading talent or drawing billions of dollars in research funding, higher education institutions have been at the heart of the Research Triangle Region’s economic success, business leaders told a gathering of over 900 at today’s State of the Research Triangle Region breakfast in Durham. The annual event highlighted accomplishments for the region during the past 12 months, including corporate relocations and expansions, the addition of new hard assets and progress made toward the region’s five-year strategic plan.

May 22, 2014 |
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Solid Waste and Smart Cities

It’s true: the buzzwords that come with talk of “smart cities”–smart economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and governance–don’t include the word “trash.” It’s also true that solid waste management has not had a prominent place in conversations about how to build a smart city.

May 12, 2014 |
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Utility Analytics Summit 2014

Utilities today face challenges that were not part of the equation for most of the industry’s 100-year history. With the realization of the smart grid — and its two-way communications networks and millions of intelligent devices — utility staffers are at the forefront of not only how to manage the influx of data, but how to leverage it for business improvement across many different functions.

April 12, 2014 |
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Workplace Charging for Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Do you have employees wanting to charge their electric vehicles at work or are you an employee wanting to charge at work? Does your company have a policy about PEVs? Learn what companies are doing to get ready for PEVs at their place of business and test drive the latest PEVs on the market..

April 2, 2014 |