Governor O’Malley helps launch new clean-energy device in Bethesda | Events
On Monday, August 8, 2011,The electric vehicle revolution is underway with the introduction of mass-production, all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids. A key challenge is creating the infrastructure to enable convenient use of these vehicles by consumers and businesses. The establishment of a widespread, easily accessed network of chargers – the “gas stations” of EVs – is a critical dimension.
Advanced Technology & Research Corp. (ATR), an engineering and manufacturing firm based in Columbia, MD, has taken the EV charging concept even further by developing the first EV-charging “Solar Power Pole” for Maryland, continuing the state’s innovative leadership in clean energy technologies. The ATR system captures clean power from the sun throughout the day, letting EV drivers utilize a truly renewable energy source for their transportation needs.
The Solar Power Pole features an 18-foot tall elevated six-panel solar array that utilizes ATR’s GPS-based sun-tracking technology for efficiency gains of 30-45% over conventional rooftop solar arrays. The pole-top mount keeps the panels well overhead and the curbside footprint very small. Power Poles create an eye-catching welcome beacon for EV drivers in dense urban and suburban areas. The systems are grid-tied to assure continuous availability of charging power.
ATR is manufacturing and assembling the devices in Maryland. Initial production has been supported by Gov. O’Malley, the Maryland Energy Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy through a Clean Energy Economic Development Initiative (CEEDI) grant.
WHAT: The debut of Maryland’s first high-efficiency, small-footprint solar system for EV charging. The product launch will include an on-site demonstration with electric vehicles of The Solar Power Pole, a sun-tracking EV-charging system.
WHO: Governor Martin O’Malley
Maryland Energy Administration Director Malcolm Woolf
U.S. Transportation Dept. Assist. Secy. Joel Szabat
Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
ATR founder/CEO Dr. Jackson Yang
Baltimore-Wash. Electric Vehicle Initiative Exec. Dir. Jill Sorensen
Bethesda Green Executive Director Dave Feldman
WHERE: 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, between SunTrust Bank and Exxon station, just north of Wildwood Shopping Center; ample parking available on-site.