Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster News
November 6, 2017
Welcome New Members!
 In This Issue:
  • Cleantech Point of View
  • Upcoming RTCC Events
  • RTCC in Action 
  • Member News
  • Industry News & Trends
  • Who's Hiring
  • Industry Partner Events 
North Carolina's Cleantech Industry is Growing Fast
By Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson,
Clean technology companies (also known as “cleantech”) have become such significant economic drivers in North Carolina that the industry added 8,000 full-time jobs across the state last year. In fact, the rate of hiring for cleantech, which includes everything from renewables such as solar to efficient energy-grid upgrades, grew 31 percent between 2015 and 2016.
Triangle Tech Could Help Rebuild Puerto Rico
By Matt Abele, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
It’s been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated much of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and things still don’t appear to be getting much better. U.S. citizens across the island still do not have access to some of life’s most basic necessities: food, clean water and power. By some estimates, nearly 90 percent of the island is still in the dark with little more than a glimmer of hope that power will be restored any time in the near future. How is this possible and what will it take to prevent a crisis like this from occurring again?
Disruption Ahead
By Stephen Wood, Itron
Thomas Edison would have no trouble recognizing most of the component parts in any electrical generation and distribution network today. The technology that made the electrical utility cutting edge in the late 1800s is still an optimal solution. But, that is changing quickly. Electrical utilities are on the cusp of a disruptive redesign. When this is done, what emerges will have more in common with the Jetsons than with filament light bulbs.
Event Partners:
DistribuTECH 2018 North Carolina Delegation
Join the North Carolina DistribuTECH delegation and enjoy significant savings off the full conference and exhibit booth price, elevated marketing and branding, and strategic connections with other delegates and cleantech companies.

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is an official supporting partner of DistribuTECH 2018 and will market the North Carolina energy economy in partnership with E4 Carolinas and the Economic Development Partnership of NC.

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
900 E Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Date: January 23-25, 2018
RTCC Highlights
Smart Cities Week
From October 3-5, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster traveled to Washington, DC to represent North Carolina on an international stage with smart cities peers from all across the world. Many Triangle cleantech companies were represented at the Smart Cities Week conference!
SMART Series: Innovating the Next Wave of Manufacturing
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster partnered with PowerAmerica to host an event focused on the latest innovations in manufacturing and how North Carolina is driving this industry forward. Panelists included the NC Dept of Environmental Quality,, Freudenberg Performance Materials, and Wolfspeed. Speaker presentations can be found here .
Opportunity Chatham: Chatham Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting
RTCC Executive Director, Susan Sanford, along with RTRP's Executive Director Ryan Combs participated on an economic development panel highlighting the cleantech assets of the Triangle region. This year's Chatham Economic Development Corporation's Annual Meeting attracted nearly 300 stakeholders from across the region.
Reinventing the Grid: Regional & National Trends
On October 20, RTCC partnered with the Duke University Energy Initiative to host Duke Energy and Greentech Media on campus at Duke University to talk about Grid Modernization on a national and regional level. Julian Spector from Greentech Media highlighted energy storage efforts taking place across the country and North Carolina. Bobby Simpson of Duke Energy outlined the comprehensive grid modernization plan for North Carolina that includes energy storage and grid resiliency.
NC Chamber: Energy & Environmental Management Conference
Susan Sanford from RTCC moderated a panel of state business leaders who were highlighting their company's sustainability efforts. The panel included Eric Dupont, Executive Vice President of PowerSecure to talk about the company's cleantech offerings.
New North Carolina Energy Legislation & Its Business Implications
On November 1st, RTCC partnered with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and G&S Business Communications to host an event highlighting the key provisions of HB 589 and what it means for cleantech companies in North Carolina. The panel featured Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Duke Energy, ABB, and Chatham Economic Development Corporation. Presentations can be found here .
SMART Series: Data Analytics
Given that the Research Triangle region is often regarded as the 'Analytics Capital of the World,' it only makes sense that RTCC hosted an event highlighting our regional assets. The panel included UNC Chapel Hill, OpenDataSoft, the City/County of Durham, SAS, and the NC Electric Cooperatives. Presentations can be found here .
Wake County New & Expanding Metrics Since Oct 2016 - Wake County Economic Development
#TriangleTuesdays Virtual Career Fair
Each week  Work in the Triangle hosts a virtual career fair on Twitter using the hashtag #TriangleTuesdays. Work in the Triangle is an initiative designed to showcase the Triangle as one of the top destinations for talented professionals. Have a job that’s hard to fill? Send your jobs to and they will post them on Triangle Tuesdays via their handle @worktrianglenc or tweet out the jobs from your handle and we will retweet them! 
Duke University Energy Week
Hosting Organization:  Duke MBA Energy Club
When:  November 5-10, 2017
Where: Duke University
NCBPA's Fourth Quarter Meeting
Hosting Organization:  NC Building Performance Association
When:  November 8, 2017
Where: Wilmington Convention Center
Wilmington, NC
2017 Call for Projects: Submission Deadline for Concept Paper
Hosting Organization:  PowerAmerica
When:  November 10, 2017
2017 Clean Energy Finance Conference
Hosting Organization:  NC Sustainable Energy Association
When:  November 15, 2017
Where: Hope Valley Country Club
3803 Dover Road
Durham, NC 27707 
SAS Public Safety Summit
Hosting Organization:  SAS
When:  November 15, 2017
Where: SAS Executive Briefing Center, Cary, NC
SAS Energy Forum 2017
Hosting Organization:  SAS
When:  November 16, 2017
Where: Madrid, Spain
Transforming South Carolina's Energy Grid
Hosting Organization:  E4 Carolinas
When:  November 28, 2017
Where: Greenville Water Company
Greenville, SC 29601
Hosting Organization:  The New York Times
When:  November 29-30, 2017
Where: Greenville Water Company
Greenville, SC 29601
Webinar: Beyond the Bulb: How Smart Outdoor Lighting Drives Smarter Grids and Cities
Hosting Organization:  Smart Cities Council & Sensus
When:  December 5, 2017
Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition
Hosting Organization:  Smart Grid Observer
When:  January 17-18, 2018
Where: Chicago, IL
2018 State Energy Conference
Hosting Organization:  NC Clean Energy Technology Center/NCSU
When:  April 17-18, 2018
Where: McKimmon Conference Center
Raleigh, NC