Pictured Left to Right: Sanjeev Mukerjee, Professor at Northeastern University; Marina Yakovleva, Global Technical Programs Manager at FMC Lithium; Ramesh “Rudy” Shankar, Director of Energy Technology Innovation EPIC UNC Charlotte.
On Friday, November 14th, SuperGreen Solutions joined many of North Carolina’s business, education, and community leaders at the 2014 Energy Summit. They all came to Charlotte with a common goal of determining how to meet expanding energy needs and bring more jobs to the NC and the Charlotte area.
The summit included a number of panels on energy storage, preservation, and changing the country’s infrastructure to meet changing energy needs.
Charlotte has been emphasizing the energy sector for about five years and the changes are obvious.
Rudy Shankar, Director or Energy Technology Innovation at UNCC, stated, “NC has become second to CA in solar investment” and “NC has two of the largest Lithium battery technology suppliers in the world, representing over 50% of the market,” added Marina Yakovleva, Gobal Technical Programs Manager at FMC Lithium.
According to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Charlotte region has about 25,000 energy-related jobs, 5,000 of which came to our area since 2009.
President of the Chamber, Bob Morgan, talked about the main reasons these companies are choosing Charlotte. “They talk about this unique band of talent if you think of Virginia Tech to the north, Georgia Tech, NC State, Clemson, UNC Charlotte…we either have the talent here or it’s pretty easy to recruit people from those good schools.”