UNC Charlotte’s EPIC, partners pick up $1M grant for clean energy innovation

CHARLOTTE — UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production & Infrastructure Center is the lead agency for a $1 million development grant to promote a clean energy economy in the Carolinas. That award through the National Science Foundation program could lead to a $160 million grant.

EPIC director Mike Mazzola is the lead principal investigator for the grant project. EPIC has partnered with the N.C. Department of Commerce, the S.C. Research Authority, E4 Carolinas and six universities across both states on an initiative designed to support the economy and growth of the Carolinas through clean energy technology.

“The Charlotte metropolitan area is the glue that ties together a two-state region teeming with renewable energy resources, especially offshore wind,” Mazzola said. “The innovation flowing from North and South Carolina industry and research enterprises, such as our world-class universities, will allow ‘made in the Carolinas’ to support increased social mobility and generate more direct financial investment into our region.”

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