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TAEBC Presence at White House Forum Showcases East Tennessees Assets

When Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) President Tom Ballard visited Washington, DC earlier this month as part of the “White House Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to Federal and National Labs,” he was one of several Tennesseans joining 80 individuals from different industries throughout the nation with a common goal – to ensure that federal labs continue to do even more for regional economies.

Hosted by the White House National Economic Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Office of Management and Budget, the forum was one of several such sessions that are being organized around a variety of topics.

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MEMBER NEWS             

SAVE THE DATE: Opportunities in Energy

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Knoxville, join us for TAEBC’s annual “Opportunities in Energy” event. Our featured speaker is Reuben Sarkar, U.S. Department of Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation. Special guests, panel announcements and location coming soon.

GE completes $10.6 billion acquisition of Alstom

General Electric Co. completed its $10.6 billion acquisition of the power and transmission division of French manufacturer and TAEBC Charter member, Alstom. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE said the closing on the sale comes after regulatory approvals from more than 20 countries and regions. GE Power and Water division officials said they will take advantage of complementary strengths in technology and global capability, and also will be able to make purchases more efficiently. Read the full story here

Hitachi Consulting introduces a new cloud framework to enable clickable enterprise businesses

TAEBC member, Hitachi Consulting announced that it will deliver a full-integrated Hitachi Consulting Enterprise Cloud framework to enable companies to become “clickable enterprises” – nimble, fast-moving organizations with their entire IT applications portfolio, whether SaaS or on-premises applications, or both being managed and delivered through the cloud. The Hitachi Consulting Enterprise Cloud includes standardized, modular offerings from Hitachi Consulting. Read the full release here

PrecisionHawk partners with Genera Energy to build tools for biomass crops

PrecisionHawk and TAEBC member, Genera Energy have partnered to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. The algorithms will convert raw aerial imagery collected by drones and satellites into an actionable report for biomass crop farmers. The tools will be publicly licensed for use in the DataMapper software platform. Read the full story here

Clean Line Energys $2.5 billion wind power project poised for approval 

Houston-based TAEBC member, Clean Line Energy is hoping to move ahead next year with its $2.5 billion, 700-mile plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project to built power lines through Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee to deliver 4,000 megawatts of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle area. The Department of Energy released its Final Environmental Impact Statement that recommended the project move forward. The final DOE decision is expected by the end of December. Read the full story here

Electric cars, new lab helping bolster green commitment

Thanks to the support from Eaton Corporation, Nissan USA, and TAEBC Charter member, the University of Tennessee System, UT will build a new lab for engineers and acquire a pair of Nissan LEAFs – all electric, zero-emission cars – for university use. The Solar Convergence Laboratory draws upon the Eaton Laboratory and the Power Electronics Lab, both located in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, the solar array on the Eleventh Street Garage, and the West Tennessee Solar Farm to create a virtual lab space, giving students the opportunity to collect and analyze data in real time. Read the full story here


TVA boosts use of diverse contractors 41 percent in 2015 

Andre Gist moved his Manufacturers Industrial Group from Detroit to Tennessee nearly a decade ago when the company acquired a Johnson Control automotive supply plant in Lexington with the help of a Tennessee Valley Authority loan program. Gist, who has since built MIG into Tennessee’s biggest minority-owned firm, has capitalized on the growth of the Southern automotive industry as a major supplier to Nissan and other carmakers. Gist was among the suppliers who gathered in Chattanooga for a conference to help minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses develop more supply relationships with utilities and their suppliers. Read the full story here

Knoxville veteran Robbie Thomas supports VA initiatives through solar business

Efficient Energy of Tennessee, a Powell-based veteran-owned solar energy contractor, is using its expertise to improve energy efficiency and cost savings for an organization that provides care for 8.8 million veterans each year. EETN has installed 6.5 megawatts of solar energy at some of the largest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in the nation over the past few years as part of the VA’s plan to increase renewable energy use 20 percent by 2020 – and more are in the pipeline. Read the full story here

The status of large-scale renewable fuel production from waste

Municipal solid waste (MSW) is one of the most abundant resources available in urban areas. MSW’s chemical composition and energy potential are very appealing for large volume conversion into clean renewable electricity and other sustainable products. From several standpoints, it makes sense to turn waste into clean transportation fuels as a transition from fossil fuels and as an alternative to current landfilling practices. Producing fuels from waste decreases the need to extract fossil oil from the earth. Potential spillages are eliminated. Also, significant methane emissions from landfills are avoided. As an added bonus, renewable fuels from waste can be cleaner and higher engine performance than fossil-based fuels. Read the full story here

Distributed storage will enable more efficient, more secure energy infrastructure

Experts have proposed the establishment of a revitalized energy infrastructure predicated on a robust network of distributed energy storage devices that can provide the necessary backup and instantaneous readiness to fill any void in grid supply. The energy storage devices proposed must be both in front of the meter as part of the existing transmission and distribution grid, as well as behind the meter as part of every major industrial complex. Not only does this approach support grid security and resiliency, but it has the added benefit of enhancing the use of renewable energy generation, and creates a more environmentally friendly electric grid and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. Read the full story here

About Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

TAEBC is the champion of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry.

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