Maryland Named a “Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year” | News
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Dr. Jackson Yang, founder and chief executive officer of Columbia-based ATR Corporation and ATR Solartech, was named Maryland’s “Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year” today at the second Maryland Clean Energy Summit. He received the honor in recognition of his creation of ATRSolartech and its development and manufacture of a line of highly efficient clean-energy devices built around the company’s unique tracking solar technology. The award, given by the Maryland Clean Energy Center, “recognizes an individual or new company that brings new technologies, products or services” to Maryland. This is the second “Entrepreneur of the Year” award bestowed so far.
Nearly all components of ATR’s tracking solar devices are manufactured and assembled in Maryland.
Dr. Yang is a shining example of an immigrant success story. He came to Maryland from China with his parents in 1948, attended local public schools, and then received “a very fine education” and several engineering degrees from the University of Maryland. He went on to teach mechanical engineering there for 38 years and founded and led the University’s Robotic and Structural Dynamic Laboratories, before retiring as Professor Emeritus.
Along the way, desiring to do more to turn advanced engineering ideas into practical applications, he started ATR in 1973 and directed the company to develop techniques to improve precision in robotics operations and real-time adaptive control. Recently, Dr. Yang has focused ATR on applying robotics and automation technologies to naval systems, renewable energy and postal operations.
In the past year, ATR has developed a family of high-efficiency, pole-mounted photovoltaic solar power generators for commercial and residential uses. These products all track the sun using GPS technology, producing over 30% more energy than fixed solar panels and requiring only minimal ground footprints. ATR’s innovative solar-tracking products include:
· Lighting pole mounted systems for generating solar power in parking facilities and along roadways;
· Simple post-mounted systems for residential clean energy production;
· The first solar-tracking Electric Vehicle charger in Maryland, which debuted in Bethesda in August with a ribbon-cutting by the Governor and other public officials; and
· The first integrated wind-solar hybrid power system of substantial capacity, being produced and marketed jointly with the leading American small wind system company, Southwest Windpower.