Welcome to NICCE, the National Institute for the Commercialization of Clean Energy. NICCE is
a clean and renewable energy commercialization company focused on providing specialized business incubation and support services to developing clean energy companies and the incubators that house them. We connect local communities with entrepreneurs to create green collar jobs around the country. Our latest incubator partnership is with the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, Fort Collins, Colorado.
National Capital Clean Energy Incubator
The National Capital Clean Energy Incubator is a next generation incubator defined by high level business services that expand beyond basic business plan and fiscal reviews. It is also more that an incubator with inexpensive space and shared infrastructure, a fairly outdated model in our view. In a global economy, companies and clients deserve world class services and infrastructure and therefore, our incubator members are selected using stringent metrics. The National Capital Clean Energy Incubator has been designed to 1) validate technology, 2) match technology to customers, 3) capitalize companies with technology and bring the technology to market through a highly sophisticated proven process. We also play a role in helping companies find suitable site locations for business development, expansion and or manufacturing and we help them negotiate the terms. Our new facility is expected to be 100,000 sq/ft of high tech and high security space and with the right incentives, we plan to locate it in Washington, DC metropolitan region outside the nation's Capitol. The estimated number of jobs this incubator will create is projected at 400. The pictured simulator is one of many high tech pieces of equipment our clients have access to and considering we work with some of the nation's leading partners, there is little we can't offer to our partners and clients.
Virginia Technology Commission
Since 1994, Dr. Inge has worked with various regional and local groups to create a "buzz" about technology. Technology policies that lead to funding enable outcomes like the ones listed below. The Virginia Technology Commission (VTC) is a non governmental group with its goal of unifying and developing technology leadership around technology projects in Virginia. In collaboration with the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), VTC is leading efforts designed to attract and retain technology businesses, people, and entrepreneurs who support and enhance the state's economic, educational, technological, and scientific endeavors. The activities of VTC have supported significant public and private investments in technology over the last few years, especially in the southern regions of Virginia. Dr. Inge is the Chairwoman of the VTC.
VTC's Outcomes Include
*Deployed the largest videoconferencing network in the nation for the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC). The SVRTC is a 22 county state funded regional network that today distributes online content and shared technical resources among its members. Bill Wilson was the senior network engineer that aided in this effort. Today, Longwood University is leading these efforts.
*Installed Virginia's first university TelePresence system for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and created a business model for its use. This included connecting to the National Lambda Rail, the nation's leading research network. Every major university is on this network. Model also includes connecting to Internet2.
*Installed Virginia's newest state-of-the-art 3D visualization system.
*Created Virginia's first regional clean energy incubator in Halifax County (Riverstone pictured here) as a prototype for the National Capitol Clean Energy Incubator, now under development. Established the Virginia Clean Energy Incubator as the 14th statewide incubator in the nation and sanctioned by the Clean Energy Alliance, a spin off out of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
*Established the Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Riverstone Technology Park. This is the university's first aggregated modeling and simulation program and the center is the first center in the nation that focuses on energy and environmental services. The project was part of a regional economic transformation program funded with $13.2 million from the Va Tobacco Commission. This successful program created the template for the development of the National Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence.
*Created the Regional Broadband Initiative, beginning with the SVRTC in 1994. This project later became part of an 1250 mile fiber optic network founded by the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, a start-up company in Virginia. Today, MBC is a $126 million corporation. Dr. Inge, the President and CEO of NICCE is a founding corporate officer. As a result, this company's headquarters is in Riverstone Technology Park.
*Created the template for the World Data Center on Energy, a program being developed by NICCE with the USGS and plans are to house the data center in the National Capitol Clean Energy Incubator.
*Established a feasibility study, business plan and five year Pro Forma for the development of high quality jobs in the southern region of Virginia around modeling, simulation, visualization, geospatial and related services. Project attracted ten companies and twenty-two employees.
*Attracted or expanded the presence of the following universities in the southern region of Virginia: Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University, Christopher New Port University, the Virginia Military Institute and Longwood University,
*Created the first video on demand scientific study for Discovery Communications. Students who received the videos scored 12.6% higher on test scores than those that did not.
*Brought the NASA Center for Distance Learning to the southern region of Virginia to create the award winning "Energy Crunch" and the STEM rock band program around an energy theme.
*Created VTACE, the first online program for job awareness serving under represented people who are on job assistance.
*Created the "next generation" incubator model with Research Triangle International (RTI). The model became the template for the creation of the National Capitol Clean Energy Incubator and NICCE, its parent organization.
*Founded the STEM education consortium focused on energy education. This served as a template for the National Center for Energy Education.
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