NC State University already has a strong research portfolio focused on the development of sustainable energy technologies, systems, and policies. Here are some examples:
The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems (FREEDM) Center is an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) focused on the development of smart grid technologies. The goal of FREEDM is to develop technologies and systems that enable the plug-and-play of distributed renewable energy and storage devices.
The goal of PowerAmerica is to revolutionize the manufacturing of wide band gap power electronics, which can be used to promote more efficient generation and distribution of electricity.
The Industrial Assessment Center at NC State provides energy conservation and cost reduction assessments to small- and medium-sized manufacturers, and also educates the generation of energy managers.
The Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy (CEnREP) fosters forward-thinking environmental policy for North Carolina and the nation by providing leadership in research and outreach programs that integrate economics into environmental decision-making and management of our natural resources.
The NC Clean Technology Center works closely with the clean energy industry, policy makers, utilities, and consumers on energy-related issues across the North Carolina and the country. For example, the Center runs the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), which is regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.