The Center currently has three major technological thrust areas, including clean transportation, clean power and efficiency and renewable energy.


Alternative fuels/clean transportation

The Clean Transportation team helps to diversify fuel supplies and support cleaner, more vibrant local and state economies through a wide range of technologies including:

  • Biofuels
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
  • Natural Gas Vehicles (CNG and LNG)
  • Propane Vehicles
  • Heavy Duty Vehicles
  • Diesel Retrofit Technologies
  • Visit Clean Transportation for resources and funding opportunities.


    Clean power and energy efficiency

    In North Carolina, industry comprises about one-third of the state’s energy usage. Implementing cleaner energy programs and improving energy efficiency can bring about cleaner air, save money on electricity, reduce carbon emissions, bring jobs, and support economic development. The Center hosts initiatives to promote more efficient Combined Heat and Power Cogeneration. The center also offers energy efficiency assessment services to industrial facilities across the Southeast.


    Renewable energy

    In North Carolina, renewable energy presents an opportunity to increase energy security, create jobs, and curtail harmful air emissions. Through the N.C. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards Act passed in 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to require that energy needs be met in some part by solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable technologies. Some of the programs that the Center has worked on previously include: promoting research in canola oil for biofuels, supporting biomass energy generation, and providing solar PV feasibility assessments.