Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster – Regional Innovation, Global Application

By 2025, the global cleantech marketplace will have an estimated value of $4.8 trillion. The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) works to capitalize on the transformative economic opportunity this global market presents. An initiative of business, government, academic, and nonprofit leaders, RTCC accelerates the Research Triangle region of North Carolina’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. The Research Triangle region is home to more than 350 cleantech companies active across a wide variety of technologies, with a particular focus on smart grids, smart water, and smart transportation. RTCC provides market intelligence and matchmaking support to SMEs interested in learning more about the assets of the Research Triangle region.



  • Smart Grid
    • Advanced metering
    • Monitoring & control
    • Renewable & distributed generation integration
    • EV charging infrastructure
    • Build environment energy management
  • Smart Water
    • Purification
    • Treatment
    • Monitoring & controls
    • Storage & distribution
    • Utilization
  • Smart Transportation
    • Batteries
    • Power electronics
    • Motors
    • Charging systems
    • Software
    • Autonomous vehicles research and deployment


  • Marketing & branding opportunities
  • Strategic business connectivity
  • Talent acquisition & workforce development
  • Provide visibility in the cleantech community and media
  • Partnerships with top-tier research & educational institutions
  • Access to world-class test-bed & demonstration facilities

Think of doing business in North Carolina? Why North Carolina?

The Research Triangle region is a rapidly-growing region, having experienced a 10.5% population increase during the past five years. With a $121.2 billion economy, North Carolina is a top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) attracting $10 billion in FDI since 2012. When compared to regions like Austin, Atlanta, Denver, Boston, and San Diego, the Research Triangle ranks 1st in the percentage of cleantech workers. From 2013-2015, the region also enjoyed more than $211 million in cleantech venture capital funding. The key asset of the Research Triangle region is the concentration of three Tier-1 research universities – Duke University, North Carolina State University (NCSU), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The region also hosts the US Environmental Protection Agency’s largest research lab. North Carolina also has a Renewables Portfolio Standard requiring utilities to obtain 12.5% of electricity from renewable sources by 2021. Currently, North Carolina ranks second in the United States in terms of the amount of solar installed with more than 3,287.5 MW of solar capacity. All of these factors put North Carolina at the forefront of the US energy transition and make it a great place to meet the who’s who of the US cleantech market.

How to Proceed?

If you are interested to exploring market opportunities, then just fill in the ICN Passport Application. You will receive shortly after a communication from the host cluster.

Also, for more information about this region and how they are implementing a sustainable and strong economy please click here or send an email to eowens@researchtriangle.org.

More information about ICN and the passport and the application can be found here.

This is another benefit of being a partner of International Cleantech Network.


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