BRITE Experiences Unprecedented Growth in 2019

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2019 was a big year for BRITE Energy Innovators and 2020 serves to be even more transformative! Following a successful rebrand launched at the inaugural Energy Storage Building Efficiency (ESBE) Conference in September, we gained massive press for a variety of exciting new developments in the Northeast Ohio Energy Storage Cluster. We plan to continue driving brand awareness statewide with a series of events to engage our stakeholders. A fundraising campaign we are initializing in Columbus will allow us to continue serving entrepreneurs across Ohio and those wishing to relocate or expand operations to Ohio. We also have a list of events set to engage the community including the highly anticipated follow up to the ESBE Conference. Throughout 2019 we established key relationships with up-and-coming companies like Hyperion Motors & Lordstown Motors, and with well-established companies like TOYO System, LG Chem and General Motors. We will continue growing these relationships …

New Automated Solar Energy System Receives $1 Million Grant

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New system reduces racking and installation costs of current systems by 33 percent CLEVELAND, OHIO – Acme Express Inc., a Cleveland-based, technology development company, has been awarded a $1-million Small Business Innovation Research grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. The grant will enable Acme to research and develop Roll-A-Rack, a new patent-pending solar-panel racking system that reduces racking and installation costs of traditional systems by 33 percent.Similar to rain gutters, which are formed and cut on demand, roll-form machines will produce custom solar racking on site and on demand. The single-component Roll-A-Rack is significantly simpler than today’s multicomponent racking systems, which require pre-ordering, shipping, inventory and assembly.Acme Express will use the grant to test and refine Roll-A-Rack. Additional research includes efficiency refinements, high-wind pressure testing and proof of an anticipated 25-year service life.“This will change the way solar panels are installed throughout the industry, making solar energy far …

Lunch and Learn on Lithium Ion Technology

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Networking Event to Feature Information about Lithium Ion Applications WARREN, OHIO – January 14, 2019 BRITE Energy Innovators, Ohio’s only energy incubator, is hosting a Lunch & Learn will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at BRITE’s headquarters on Courthouse Square in Downtown Warren. focused on Lithium Ion technology and innovative applications. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-lithium-ion-technology-for-critical-applications-tickets-89642131027?aff=Website. Presented by Donwil Data Center Solutions, the discussion will inform attendees about the impact & development of Lithium Ion battery technology in datacenters, industrial, and critical applications. Tom Pflendler, manager of product marketing at Vertiv, an equipment provider for data storage, will be the guest speaker. BRITE will provide an update on Ohio-based startups it is working with that utilize lithium ion technology. BRITE’s quarterly Lunch & Learn series is designed to provide an opportunity for professionals to learn more about developing technologies, network while enjoying lunch from a local establishment.

Getting to Know GAINS

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The Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS) hosted their first monthly meeting of 2020 this week (2nd Wednesday of every month). This month’s meeting was hosted by Gina Burk who led the discussion about supporting a local renewable energy future. The two speakers were Gary Easton, from the Appalachian Renewable Power Systems, and Tom Ghinder from the Akron Solar Project.   Beyond explaining his products, services and the economic incentives that presently support transition to solar power outside of the obvious environmental benefits, Gary spoke about Solar Cooperatives where large of people can opt into a Co-op and receive a discounted rate per watt as it such organizations save him advertising expenses and he passes the savings on to consumers.   Tom spoke about how to “get ready” for solar by doing simple things such as utilizing Google’s Project Sunroof that will show you what areas of you roof receive the most sunlight. He also shared his experience of …

Day 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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I always say we need to focus on curtailing the Mahoning Valley’s greatest export: talented young people. Well, today this topic was really brought home for me. I met no less than fifteen people who saw my Warren, Ohio shirt and said “Warren, that’s awesome! I’m from (insert town in the Mahoning Valley) but I live in (insert metro name) now.” The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is absolutely a convergence of people keyed into the most up and coming technologies in the world. These Valley natives developed a passion for technology while growing up along 422 but could not find challenging and rewarding careers at home. This exodus is something that needs to be dealt with.  What am I learning at CES that can help us retain our young people?  Don’t be afraid to invest in making your workspace look good. A lot of people make decisions with gut reactions …