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UT’s EcoCar 3 Challenges Redesign of Chevy Camaro

The University of Tennessee participates in EcoCAR 3, which is a four-year national Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) sponsored by General Motors and the DOE and managed by Argonne National Lab. EcoCAR 3 challenges 16 universities across North America to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact but maintain the performance characteristics expected from such an iconic American performance vehicle. 
 
While most of the students are engineering students, EcoCAR 3 is multi-disciplinary to reflect how a car company works in the real world, including students from the College of Engineering, who design and build the car, from the Haslam School of Business, who do project management for the team, and students from the College of Communication and Information, who organize outreach, media relations and public relations for the team.
 
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TAEBC board member, Dan Hurst, wins 2015 Muddy Boot Award

Two titans of East Tennessee’s business community were honored with the Muddy Boot Award, given by the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) in an on-going tribute to individuals who through their work and activities build a better community. One of the honorees is TAEBC Charter Member Strata-G’s Dan Hurst, who is also a TAEBC Board Member. “The Muddy Boot Award is given to people who get things done, and this year’s winners clearly have gone above and beyond to make this region prosper,” ETEC President Jim Campbell said. Read the full story here

TAEBC’s annual Opportunities in Energy event a success

TAEBC members enjoyed an update from U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar during the annual Opportunities in Energy event held December 15 at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The event showcased the advanced energy sector’s potential to make Tennessee the number one location in the Southeast for high quality jobs and provided updates in automotive advancements, energy research and job growth. Thank you to our speakers, panelists, sponsors and guests. See photo highlights here

UT’s College of Engineering taking novel approach to power production, security

Researchers at TAEBC Charter Member, the University of Tennessee's College of Engineering, are spearheading a novel approach to help keep the lights on. Professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics Fred Wang leads a team working on microgrids, systems that can operate independently of the overall power grid when the situation arises. Read full story here

Schneider Electric puts out a Wi-Fi thermostat

TAEBC member, Schneider Electric, is releasing a Wi-Fi thermostat called Wiser Air. Wiser Air takes advantage of Schneider Electric’s weather forecasting service, which is used by utilities, airlines and professional sports leagues. The thermostat uses that detailed weather information to provide better energy efficiency and also provides the local weather on the thermostat’s display. Starting in 2016, the Wiser will also be equipped with an algorithm-based feature called EcoIQ that can discern the patterns of the home and its residents and adjust accordingly. Read the full story here

PHG Energy has big plans for biomass 

TAEBC member, PHG Energy, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, is raising the stakes when it comes to gasification. The private company has installed 13 of its patented downdraft gasification units since 2010, and currently, the company has two additional municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) projects in the design/build phase. These latest projects represent a large-frame design of its gasification unit that the company says can more than quadruple the capacity of its standard gasification plants. Read full story here
 

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