The Energy Technology Series is produced quarterly in collaboration with and held at the UNC Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). The Energy Technology Series features Carolina energy companies producing nationally or globablly impactful technologies. The series features a free 4:30 pm seminar open to energy technologist, researchers, faculty, staff and students. A 6:30 pm invitation-only dinner is produced for 24 senior energy executives to be briefed on the featured technology and become better acquainted with other executives developing and commercializing energy technology.

Check the E4 Carolinas Events page to learn of the upcoming Energy Technology Series seminars.

Technologies featured previously include:

3rd Quarter 2019

Siemens‘ new HL-class, the next generation of larger air-cooled gas turbines, can attain industry-leading combined-cycle operating efficiency of nearly 65%. These turbines are also designed to plug-in to Siemens digital offering via connectivity to MindSphere, the company’s open, cloud-based operating system for the Internet of Things. The HL-class produces 25% more power output, doubles maintenance frequency and has the operating flexibility to load-follow renewable energy production.

2nd Quarter 2019

The Cellwatch Frontier system is a proven solution for rail, telecom and power utilities. The technology is designed for remote battery monitoring and is often used by North American power companies to assist in meeting NERC 005-06 compliance requirements. This battery monitoring technology is used today where mission critical power protection is essential and and is field proven in over 2,000 locations worldwide.

1st Quarter 2019

Tokai Carbon is one of the worlds leading carbon and graphite manufacturing companies with over 100 years of technical expertise.  One of their most important products is a graphite electrode, which is an essential component in the recycling of scrap steel in an electric arc furnace. The unique properties of graphite enable its use for many other growing markets as well, including silicon semi-conductors, solar cell manufacturing, and the booming Lithium Ion Battery market.  Tokai Carbon has manufacturing plants in the US, Germany and Japan.

4th Quarter 2018

Ingersoll Rand heats, cools and automates homes and buildings; enhances commercial and industrial productivity; keep transported food and perishables safe and fresh; and delivers fun, efficient and reliable transportation solutions. Diversity, engagement and teamwork drive Ingersoll Rand innovation and fuel its passion for exceeding customer expectations. Together with principled leadership and ethical business practices, our high-engagement culture delivers enduring results that lead to a sustainable world.

3rd Quarter 2018

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Albemarle is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. Albemarle is the industry leader in lithium and lithium derivatives, one of the highest growth markets in the specialty chemicals industry. Its unique natural resource position, derivatization capabilities and technology leadership allow Albemarle to execute an aggressive growth strategy for this business.
2nd Quarter 2018ABB Logo ABB offers industry-leading grid solutions with its breadth of systems expertise, equipment, software, and communications technologies. ABB smart grid solutions drive investment returns by integrating operational technologies (OT), such as the equipment and systems controlling the grid, with communications and the information technologies (IT) used by utilities for enterprise level applications. ABB smart grid solutions: Interconnecting four critical utility business areas − Distribution grid management − Utility analytics − Transmission grid management − Distributed energy resources.
1st Quarter 2018Strategic Power Systems Logo Based in Charlotte, NC, Strategic Power Systems, Inc. (SPS) supports the Energy market as a whole, and are experts in the field of data collection, validation, analysis, and benchmarking.  SPS ensures the reliability and maintainability of capital intensive power generation equipment. SPS’s flagship product, ORAP® (the Operational Reliability Analysis Program), provides an information architecture for global power plants – a unique database of historical and current operating performance on assets all over the world.
4th Quarter 2017Parker logo Based in Charlotte, NC, the Parker Hannifin Energy Grid Tie Division designs and manufactures quality electric power conversion systems and offers global sales and support channels. With installations in power plants, solar fields, wind farms, and substations around the world, Parker EGT offers application knowledge and real world experience to its customers.
3rd Quarter 2017Bosch Logo The Bosch Building Grid Technologies group is focused on deploying direct current (DC) microgrid systems that connect on-site distributed generation sources to major energy loads in a commercial or industrial building. The Bosch DC Microgrid enables a simpler way to achieve zero net energy requirements in commercial buildings while simultaneously providing resiliency and grid benefit by substantially reducing the power variability induced by PV on the grid.
2nd Quarter 2017Atom Power Logo Atom Power, Inc. was founded in 2014 for the purposes of democratizing commercial and industrial power distribution while trying to save lives.  The method to achieve these goals was and currently is, through the development of solid-state switching technology.  It is our mission to make power safe, controllable, visible, and simple.  We are a hardware and software company, integrating both together into seamless, end-to-end power distribution products.  View PowerPoint Presentation
2nd Quarter 2017International Thermodyne Logo International Thermodyne’s goal is to change the way the world perceives, captures and uses energy.  It believes that ITD can power the world by creating unique devices that harvest energy from sources previously considered inert and converting that energy into electricity. This might mean objects as mundane as chairs, carpeting, walls, clothing, blankets, construction material or even your skin.  The ITD team is here to help make that world a reality.  View PowerPoint Presentation
1st Quarter 2017babcock-and-wilcox-logo designs, builds and provides many of the critical components for waste to energy plants, having supplied more than 500 waste to energy plants worldwide. With its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Volund (Denmark), Babcock & Wilcox has an extensive European project list with new projects underway in the United Kingdom and Sweden. B&W Volund’s waste-to-energy plants obtain a total recovery of 99 percent. B&W’s Palm Beach project was one of the largest constructed in the world.  View PowerPoint Presentation
4th Quarter 2016fslogo_rgb_display_med is the largest integrated solar power company in the United States and has more than 13.5 gigawatts sold worldwide. It believes that clean affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the worldwide energy mix. It has helped diversify the global power generation portfolio, reduced the risk of fuel-price volatility and delivered a levelized cost of electricity competitive with power produced by burning fossil fuels.
3rd Quarter 2016 Carlyle Cogentrix Banner While many power generating assets are being shuttered or sold the Carlyle Group, supported by its Cogentrix Energy Power Management, is acquiring generating assets and recently raised a $1.5 billion fund to continue doing so. Carlyle invests in power generation and related assets, primarily in North America and leverages Carlyle’s power platform, Cogentrix, acquired from Goldman Sachs in December 2012, to create more value from those assets.
2nd Quarter 2016 SAS logo pms 285S mark black SAS JPEG Energy and utility companies today must integrate alternative energies, expand real time awareness, and understand individual customer relationships, while continuing to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to everyone when and where they want it. Successful companies will compete, optimize, engage and succeed on all these fronts, while anticipating continual change. SAS, a world leader founded and headquartered in the Carolinas, equips companies with software and analytics to succeed.
1st Quarter 2016 nuscale NuScale Power is developing a skind of nuclear plant; a safer, smaller, scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology, designed with natural safety features. Fluor Corporation is the majority investor in NuScale. As the sole winner of the U.S. Department of energy’s program to develop a nuclear small modular reactor, NuScale’s design takes away the issues presented by the cost of installing large capacity
4th Quarter 2015 lime-energy is a leading national provider of energy efficiency for small business customers, Lime Energy designs and implements direct install programs for our utility clients which consistently exceed program savings goals.  Lime Energy’s integrated service programs provide utilities with reliable energy efficiency resources and high levels of customer satisfaction.
 4th Quarter 2015 opower Opower combines a cloud-based platform, big data, and behavioral science to help utilities around the world reduce energy consumption and improve their customer relationships. This helps consumers lower their energy use and costs, and significantly reduces carbon emissions. Opower is transforming the way the world approaches household energy conservation.
3rd Quarter 2015 logo-alevo-tagline is a Swiss-based group of companies founded in 2009. Through its 9 subsidiaries, Alevo has established operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Alevo is building a vertically integrated manufacturing and deployment organization, creating a global energy storage business to work with the world’s largest energy companies.
 2nd Quarter 2015barberwind Has designed a 800kW turbine to serve the mid-size wind market. It has been engineered to perfectly fit the needs of industrial parks and data centers, small communities, farms and ranches, water treatment plants, island nations, amusement parks, sports arenas, and other commercial complexes that require a greener, more cost effective means of supplying electricity.
1st Quarter 2015net-power the developer of a new, emissions-free, natural gas power generation system, using a novel supercritical CO power cycle. The technology will match or lower the current cost of electricity from natural gas while also inherently capturing all carbon dioxide and other air emissions. The company is currently building a 50MW in collaboration with Exelon, CB&I and Toshiba.