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919.782.4600 Raleigh • Wilmington • Columbia WHAT WE DO Industrial Construction Plant Installation Plant Relocation Plant Maintenance HOW WE DO IT Riggers/Machinery Movers Millwrights/Precision Alignment Industrial Piping Constructors Industrial Electrical Constructors Concrete Constructors Steel Fabricators & Erectors Crane Services For over 50 years Southern Industrial Constructors has helped build the industrial base that fueled the growth across the Southeast. wide-bandgap semiconductors, which make electronic components smaller, faster and more effi cient than the widely used silicon-based ones. WBGs are already used in light-emitting diodes — LEDs — and will fi nd their way into other machines, from appliances to satellites. According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy, WBGs can operate at higher temperatures, handle 10 times the voltage and eliminate up to 90% of the power losses in current semiconductors. WBG proponents say that savings could show up on the transmission grid and in manufacturing. The institute is receiving about $140 million, half of it from the Energy Department. "It really embodies what this university means, our think- and-do mentality," N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson says. "This is another example of the great work N.C. State does to revitalize manufacturing and bring the latest tech to bear on the energy sector of our country." There are more examples. ABB was the fi rst corporate partner at Centennial Campus — N.C. State's 1,000-acre research park in Raleigh — in 1991. It has since added its Smart Grid Center of Excellence, where utilities can test smart technologies. Nearby, Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. has its Envision Center, where customers watch smart- grid technologies and scenarios play out in a model community. "The good thing for us is we get to participate with all these companies in the space," says Wes Sylvester, North American sales manager for Cisco Systems' Internet of Things, which connects things such as the power grid with the Internet. "It will be very unlikely any time in the future that any one company will be implementing one solution all by themselves." With the universities and RTP bringing more clean-tech companies to the Triangle, growth feeds on itself. Schneider Electric SE, based in France, has offi ces in Raleigh and four other North Carolina cities. Scott Henne-

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