$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Held at NC State

April 15, 2013

Ten semifinalist teams from across the ACC came to NC State on Tuesday, April 9 to compete in the $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge, sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Granular Systems, former Lulu eGames winner and member of the university’s Fast 15 program, was selected to represent NC State through an on campus competition held earlier this spring.  The team proved a force to be reckoned with and made it all the way to the Final Four round of competition.  The company is developing a patent-pending energy analysis system for industrial and manufacturing facilities that tracks equipment performance, helps optimize operations and helps lower energy usage.

The winning team from North Carolina A&T University, Bio-Adhesive Alliance, walked away with the $100,000 grand prize.  But all of the participants walked away with new connections and resources in the cleantech field.  Mark Johnson, Program Director for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) gave a keynote address, and Lee Ann Nance, Senior Vice President of the Research Triangle Region, moderated an expert panel on cleantech entrepreneurship that included representatives from SAS, PowerSecure International and Tethis.

NC State was proud to host the 2013 ACC Clean Energy Challenge in partnership with Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, and competition organizer, the University of Maryland.  To read more about the competition, please visit the US Department of Energy.