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Seeking teams for $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge

Clemson University teams are being sought for the $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge, supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Teams must submit a business plan with commercialization potential in the clean energy space, including projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements and advanced fuels/vehicles.

Faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and industry personnel can participate on a team.

The winning Clemson University team will advance to the final round April 8-9 at North Carolina State University (NCSU).

The overall winner of the ACC Clean Energy competition will receive a $100,000 prize and compete this summer in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan finals in Washington, D.C.

Key deadlines:

  • March 1 – Executive summary and video pitch due
  • March 15 – Winning Clemson team announced
  • April 8-9 – Southeastern competition at NCSU

Visit for more information about rules, deadlines, etc. and to enter your team. Should you decide to enter your team, or if you have questions, contact Douglas Hirt at or 656-0822.