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How Power Companies are Supporting the Transition to Electric Vehicles

As consumers continue to adopt electric vehicles (EVs), power companies play a crucial role in supporting this shift. Power companies can support their customers by offering specific EV-focused rates, programs, and advisory services. I recently had the opportunity to interview … Read more

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Energy-Saving Paint Production Based on Nontoxic Colorless Materials

In the ever-evolving world of science and innovation, researchers around the globe are continually seeking inspiration from nature to develop groundbreaking technologies. One such fascinating endeavor involves biomimicry in the paint production process. Recently, we had the privilege of sitting … Read more

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The Role of Aquaculture in Sustainable Food and Beyond

At UNC’s 2024 Cleantech Summit, there will be an aquaculture panel focused on innovations in that field and how new technologies are leading to a promising future for sustainable seafood. Food sourced from bodies of water, or “blue foods,” are … Read more

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Emerging Technology: Navigating the Frontiers of Synthetic Biology

The importance of synthetic biology will be explored at the 10th annual UNC Cleantech Summit on March 21 – 22, 2024 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Synthetic biology is a transformative platform technology in biology, orchestrating the engineering and design … Read more

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A Circular Solar Economy: Women Leading the Way

The solar energy revolution, a sweeping force across America for years, is now gaining momentum at an unprecedented pace. President Joe Biden in 2022 made several significant White House goals regarding expanding domestic solar manufacturing to reach 22.5 gigawatts of … Read more

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Navigating the Landscape of Energy Storage Markets with Dmitri Moundous

To facilitate the transition towards a zero-carbon future with increased reliance on renewable energy sources, the adoption of energy storage is imperative. Its cost-competitive nature and its capability to balance grid requirements as a dispatchable resource make it a key … Read more

Chris Castro

Cleantech Game Changer: Chris Castro, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy

Where you bank matters, because who you let invest your capital can determine our collective future. Chris Castro has dedicated his entire career to advancing sustainability and clean technology. From founding IDEAS For Us, a student organization turned global NGO … Read more

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Opportunities and Challenges for Offshore Wind Development in NC

The UNC Cleantech Summit is an annual event that brings together experts and stakeholders from the clean technology and sustainability sectors to discuss the latest trends and innovations in these fields. As part of this year’s summit, I had the … Read more

Uncertainties in the Blue Carbon Space: A Conversation with Antonio Rodriguez

As blue carbon and other nature-based solutions become more and more prevalent in sustainability conversations, many are raising questions about the efficacy and value of these carbon offsetting projects. After attending invigorating panels on established and nascent blue carbon solutions … Read more


Empower Cleantech in NC with Anna J Siefken

The 2023 UNC Cleantech Summit included several tracks, including one called “Building Foundations for Cleantech in the Mid-Atlantic.” North Carolina has many resources that can propel the region into a nationally recognized powerhouse for cleantech, but what does that path … Read more