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College Students Could Win $100,000 in Clean Energy Challenge

February 14, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

The ACC Clean Energy Challenge, dedicated to helping students develop and commercialize new clean energy technologies, is accepting applications for the 2013 contest.

Open to students throughout the Southeastern United States in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the ACC Clean Energy Challenge features a $100,000 grand prize, with the winner advancing and representing the southeast region in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, DC, in summer 2013.

The ACC Clean Energy Challenge invites participation by student teams developing commercially promising renewable energies, energy efficiency improvements, and advanced fuels/vehicles. Teams must be comprised of at least 50 percent student members. Initial entries, consisting of an executive summary and video pitch, are due March 1, 2013.

Selected semi-finalists will be invited to compete in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge Finals Competition, held April 8-9, at North Carolina State University. The ACC Clean Energy Challenge Finals Competition is co-hosted by North Carolina State University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.

In last year’s inaugural competition at the University of Maryland, Mesdi Systems, a company founded by students from the University of Central Florida who developed precision electrospray modules to accelerate and improve the production of lithium-ion battery components, won the $100,000 grand prize.

The University of Maryland team, SafeLiCell, which is developing a noncombustible, flexible, polymer electrolyte material called Lithium Flex that could replace the highly flammable liquid electrolyte and bulky battery packaging found in most lithium-ion batteries, garnered second place.

Additional regional winners included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Northeast Region; the California Institute of Technology in the Western Region; Rice University in the Western Southwest Region; Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust in the Eastern Midwest Region; and the University of Colorado in the Western Midwest Region.



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