RALEIGH, N.C. — Three North Carolina universities made this Final Four and in the end, North Carolina A&T emerged victorious.
No, this wasn’t college basketball. N.C. A&T won the the second annual ACC Clean Energy Business Plan Challenge held Tuesday at North Carolina State University. The contest had schools pitching clean energy proposals before a panel of judges comprised of energy industry representatives from companies such as ABB, Duke Energy and Siemens. A total of 10 universities presented at this year’s event.
The N.C. A&T project, presented by student Daniel Oldham, proposes turning hog waste into an adhesive that can be used in building materials and road repair. The other schools making the final four were Clemson University, Duke University and N.C. State. As the winning school, the N.C. A&T project receives $100,000 and the chance to compete in the National Clean Energy Business Plan finals.
The competition was organized by the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, a program of the Research Triangle Research Partnership. The public-private partnership works to promote economic development in the Triangle region.