N.C. A&T Bio-Adhesive Team Wins Grand Prize for Southeast Region

The N.C. A&T Bio-Adhesive team won grand prize for the southeast region’s Department of Energy ACC Clean Energy Challenge on April 9. The ACC Clean Energy Challenge is a national business plan competition designed to encourage students from universities throughout the southeastern United States to pitch clean energy proposals before a panel of judges comprised of energy industry representatives from companies such as ABB, Duke Energy and Siemens.

The N.C. A&T project, presented by student Daniel Oldham, proposes turning hog waste into an adhesive that can be used in building materials and road repair. Other schools making the final competition were Clemson University, Duke University and N.C. State. The semi-finalists teams were University of Virginia, University of Maryland, University of Florida, and Wake Forest University.

As the winning school, the N.C. A&T project receives $100,000 and the chance to compete in the National Clean Energy Business Plan finals in Washington, DC against Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Rice University, Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust and the University of Colorado in June.