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January 2016 Technical Society Meeting

The January 11, 2016 meeting will have  Stephen Levy, Technical Director, State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society as speaker. The title of his presentation will be  “Making Solar Energy More Valuable”.(PDH)

The recent global climate change conference in Paris gives impetus to the need for our local area to do its part in converting from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Technical Society led in the fight for clean air in Knoxville and it is time for the Technical Society to lead in educating the community on renewable energy. Stephen Levy has been very active in promoting solar energy and energy storage and his presentation can be a timely beginning for community action.

Stephen Levy was educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Steve spent 35 years in electric power generation, energy storage, transformation and switching. He is experienced in solar energy, high efficiency gas discharge lamps, pulse power, capacitive energy storage, thermophotovoltaics, and thermionic converters.

Steve also served as Chief of the Army Pulse Power Center and was one of the founders of the Electrical Power program used in the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars” program.

 Mr. Levy’s expertise is Megawatt Electronics. He is the inventor of the “All-Electric Tank” concept for the U.S. Army and has consulted on all aspects of advanced technologies from idea creations to product acceptance; created teams to collaborate on joint projects; managed large programs that go beyond the limits of conventional technology; and submitted winning competitive bids. He is able to “see the big picture,” to know the direction in which technology needs to move.

An installation ceremony for Technical Society officers for 2016 will be held at this meeting. The officers for 2016 are

president Ev Engstrom

vice president Wolf Naegeli

treasurer Jean Pierre Granju

secretary  Bob Scott

past president  Joe Carson

directors

Walter Wunderlich

Luther Alcorn

Peter Scheffler

Wayne Loveday

Steve Levy

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Meetings

 

2016 Technical Society Programs

January 11: Stephen Levy, Technical Director, State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society: Making Solar Energy More Valuable.

February 8: Wayne Loveday, KUB engineer, retired (co-convener): Visit of KUB Water Quality Lab.
March 14: Brian Egle, Physicist, ORNL: Stable Isotope Enrichment Technology.
April 11: Nicholas McClung, TVA: Dry Ash Stacking (unconfirmed).
 
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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Meetings

 

December 2015 Technical Society Programs

The December 7, 2015 Technical Society of Knoxville will have Jeff Munsey, a geophysicist with the TVA Dam Safety Engineering Services Group as speaker. The title of his presentation will be “TVA dams on karstic foundations” (PDH).

Jeffrey W Munsey is a seismologist at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Seismologists study the genesis and the propagation of seismic waves in geological materials. In the case of earthquakes, seismologists evaluate the potential dangers and seek to minimize their impact through the improvement of construction standards. The bedrock in parts of Tennessee is limestone with caves. Since a dam failure can be a catastrophic event and earthquakes are common in East Tennessee the safety of TVA dams is an important topic.

On December 14, 2015 Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Energy, will speak about Solar and biofuel energy projects in the Knoxville area. He has extensive experience in business management, business planning, strategy, sales, marketing, promotions, public relations, implementation, and new technology brand identity with concentration in the renewable energy field.

Since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984, Harvey has been helping businesses launch, reorganize, and bring new technology to market.

At ARiES, he oversees business operations and management, marketing strategy, and overall customer satisfaction. In recent history, Harvey was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at a privately owned Knoxville company where he oversaw the sales, product development, and marketing of residential and commercial products and services for Solar PV and thermal design.

Specialties:Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Grants, Green Technology Marketing, Network Television Promotions, Small Business Sales and Marketing Plans, Community, Creative Production, Traditional Neighborhood Development Sales and Marketing

The Technical Society will not meet on December 21, 2015.

The Technical Society will not meet on December 28, 2015.

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Meetings

 

November 2015 Technical Society News

November 2015 Technical Society News

The speaker for the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on  November 9, 2015 was Walter Wunderlich PE. His topic was “Civil Disengagement in America.” 

The rise and fall of civic orgnizations was shown in some detail. Many volunteer organizations- if not all of them – have declined in membershio and participation in recent years.

On November 16, 2015  Wolf Naegeli, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, The University of Tennessee gave a Multi-media presentation entitled ” Electric Vehicle Technology: Past and Present”

One hundred years ago, electric cars had a far greater market penetration than today. Dr. Naegeli discussed the checkered past and the present state of electric propulsion technologies in transportation. The history of electric cars and the pictures of early products were interesting.

Wolf drives a made-in-Tennessee Nissan Leaf electric car.

On  November 30, 2015 Dr. Joshua Sangoro spoke on “New electrolytes for safer batteries – Ionic liquids in electrochemical energy applications”

He is seeking the next big step forward in the quest for sustainable, more efficient energy. The electrochemical cell has 3 parts: the electrodes, the separator and the electrolyte. The electrolyte is a crucial part in the search for better energy storage and Dr. Sangoro is a leading researcher.

Technical Society officer nominees for 2016 are

president Ev Engstrom

vice president Wolf Naegeli

treasurer Jean Pierre Granju

directors

Walter Wunderlich

Luther Alcorn

Peter Scheffler

Wayne Loveday

Steve Levy

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in News