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Oak Ridge National Labs Developing Charging Of Electric Vehicles While They Are Out On the Road

A handful of researchers are even working to extend the concept to allow charging of electric vehicles while they are out on the road. Researchers at Oak Ridge and Stanford recently developed detailed concepts for such a system. In a $2.7 million federally funded project, researchers at Utah State University are installing a system to charge buses as they stop along a route in Salt Lake City.
In the Oak Ridge model, 200 coils would be embedded in a section of the roadway and controlled by a single roadside device; successive coils would be energized as electric vehicles pass over them, providing enough power for the vehicle to reach the next series of coils a mile down the road.
John Miller, a research scientist at Oak Ridge, estimates that each series of coils plus the controller would cost less than a million dollars. “Wireless chargers for electric vehicles are so convenient. You don’t have to mess with plug cables. You don’t care what the weather is. You don’t even have to think about it. I think it’s going to catch on superfast,” Miller says.
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Hawkins County Schools will be the first system in Tennessee with Solar PV

The installation of energy efficient lighting at all Hawkins County schools, which was completed last month, is already beginning to show significant energy savings including more than $65,000 at three schools alone between May and December of last year. But two more projects discussed by the Hawkins County Board of Education Thursday evening will drive down the system’s energy costs even further. Those projects include the installation of solar panels at 11 Hawkins County schools by Morristown-based TerraShares (President John Adkins), which will sell electricity back to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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Energy Department Announces Over $12 Million to Spur Solar Energy Innovation

February 08, 2012

As part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, today U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced over $12 million to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace through the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator program. The funding will accelerate American innovation in solar energy and manufacturing by supporting advancements in hardware, reductions in soft costs, and the development of pilot manufacturing and production projects.

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Citizen’s Voice: Solar energy fuels new jobs in Tennessee

Data from the recently released Tennessee Solar Value Chain: A Workforce Development Needs Assessment from the Tennessee Solar Institute, reveals a rapidly growing industry and a genuine economic development opportunity. To read more about how solar can save thousands of TN’s jobs please follow this link: Solar Jobs in TN

New Solar Shingle Mount Requires No Trimming

As the most durable and reliable mount for installing photovoltaic (PV) panels on composition shingle roofs, the TTi Flat Jack now requires no shingle trimming or sealants, reduces labor costs and protects roofs. To find out more about this shingle mounted solar roof please follow this link: Solar Shingles