COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, a business plan competition supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encouraging students from universities in the southeastern United States to develop business plans for new clean energy companies, today announces its Elite Eight Plus Two, eight winners from ACC schools and two winners from the at-large non-ACC pool of entrants.
The Elite Eight Plus Two will compete first to advance to the Final Four and then for a $100,000 grand prize at the $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge Finals, held at North Carolina State University on April 9, 2013. The winner also will move on to compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, D.C., in summer 2013.
The ACC Elite Eight Plus Two, listed after the technologies they are developing, include:
- Clemson University: Brewcovery - Developing bio-separations and bio-digestion processes to recover and refine value-added co-products from the bio-based food industry and brewery waste.
- Duke University: Refrakt - Developing portable membrane distillation technology for industrial operations to provide wastewater treatment and reuse solutions.
- Georgia Institute of Technology: Sidewinder Thermal Management - Developing a technology to recycle heat from home appliances and convert it to electricity using thermoelectric heat exchangers.
- North Carolina A&T University: Bioadhesive Alliance - Developing a bio-based adhesive that is green, low-cost and durable, and can be used as a substitute to petroleum-based asphalt binder.
- North Carolina State University: Granular Systems -Developing a patent-pending energy analysis system for industrial and manufacturing facilities that tracks equipment performance, helps optimize operations and helps lower energy usage.
- University of Maryland: Advanced Heliostats - Developing advanced, lower cost heliostats for concentrated solar power developers.
- University of Miami: UM Waste to Energy Project -Developing technologies to use food waste to produce biogas, fertilizers, electricity, heat and micro algae in a carbon-neutral and sustainable way, while reducing costs for waste removal and fertilizers for landscaping.
- University of South Florida: Trash 2 Cash-Energy - Developing landfill gas-to-liquid technologies for fuel generation.
- University of Virginia: Biofuel Ecosystems - Developing technologies for cost-effective algae fuel production.
- Wake Forest University: CarboCatalyst - Developing technologies to convert low-grade vegetable and animal oils into biofuels.