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Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Members Take Center Stage at N.C. Cleantech Summit


Research Triangle Region, N.C. – More than a dozen Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) executives will be featured speakers at the second annual 2015 NC Clean Tech Summit Feb. 19-20 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterThe RTCC is a major sponsor and advisor of the event, which will focus on three themes: The Military and Renewable Energy, Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities, and The Future of Electricity in the Southeastern United States.

The summit will convene professionals in business, policy and academia from across the state for two days of problem-solving and planning to foster leadership and growth in the state’s cleantech industry. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise host the summit.

RTCC Managing Director Lee Anne Nance will moderate a key panel focused on creating a stronger innovation ecosystem.

RTCC Program Assistant Emmit Owens will moderate a panel for UNC students focused on careers in cleantech and renewable energy. Panelists include RTCC members Michael Waters, Duke Energy, and Charlie Nobles, Sensus USA Inc., as well as executives from six other organizations.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), which created and manages the RTCC, will sponsor an executive breakfast for companies and UNC administrators and researchers. RTRP president and CEO Charles A. Hayes will speak.

Ten other RTCC members will discuss a range of topics:John Camilleri, Green Energy Corp., cleantech entrepreneurship.

  • Tim Baldwin, McKim and Creed, and Bobbi Harris, Smart Water, Smart City, and Tom Sparks, Onsite Water Management, smart water management.
  • Jeff Barghout, Nexus EMC, merging transportation technologies.
  • Tim Fairchild, SAS Global Energy Practice and Gary Rackliffe, ABB, the future of the electricity grid.
  • Joe Forbes, Power Analytics and Causam Energy, the implications of technology and innovation for the future of energy,
  • Chad Harrell, Lend Lease, the military as a driver of renewable energy.
  • Matt Zafuto, Apogeo Group LLC, ensuring the resiliency of cities.

Learn more and register at ie.unc.edu/cleantech.

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. For more information, please visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org or follow on Twitter @tricleantech.