ESN CEO Paul Mitchell featured in NUVO Cover Story on Clean Transportation

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Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell was featured in this week's NUVO cover story, titled "Green Cars: The Lesser of All Evils." The story covers several perspectives, including Mitchell's, on efficient and "green" vehicles as well as several comparisons of MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), the greenest types of transportation, and a variety of alternative fuel types.

Below is a copy of the article from NUVO. You can pick up your free copy of this week's NUVO at any of these locations.

 

Green Cars - What's Best?

By Ed Wenck

September 3-10, 2014

I have terrible news for you, O Concerned Citizen of Mother Earth: there's no perfect energy source.

OK, there's one: you eat your homegrown vegetables, convert those calories into foot and/or pedal power, and boom. You're a near-zero-emission transportation engine whose fuel probably caused minimal environmental impact.

But when it comes to transportation, the big problem for most of us, though, is range. What's your top speed on a bike? On foot? How far can you rationally travel in one session without becoming an exhausted ball of sweat? And as for mass transit, well, Indy could do a lot better.

Yep, a lot of us could abandon our cars in favor of bikes or public transportation when it comes to commuting. Some might even be able to walk to work.

But for a broad cross-section of our culture, there are family obligations and time constraints. How many groceries can you jam in a backpack? Can you carry Junior's cello on your Trek? When confronted with the pressures of modern American livin', a lot of us have to have some kind of automotive transportation that can shield us from the Polar Vortex and haul the kids' sports equipment and musical instruments.

The question becomes, then: What's the greenest option for me and/or my family? What's the cheapest, safest way to haul me and my loved ones around without tromping all over the planet like some kind of greedy glutton?

What's the least of all evils?

The answer: Depends on who you ask.


THE CASE FOR ELECTRIC PLUG-INS

Lauren Fix, who turns up regularly on cable outlets like The Weather Channel with car-winterization tips and such, is a bit suspicious of the trend toward electrics. "What people fail to realize is that when you drive an electric, you still are going to cost somebody something somewhere. "

In fact, Fix is a proponent of — wait for it — diesel. "Diesel is a great solution," she says. "[Diesel engines are] no longer loud, no longer dirty, they no longer blow black smoke and they have more power. You get longer trips between fill-ups, better fuel economy. Better torque, which means better performance — you buy horsepower but you drive torque."

Fix's arguments against electrics — beyond their still limited range on a single charge — are ones you've probably heard before. It's true: plug-in electrics are only as clean as the energy they draw. But a large number of industry researchers and environmentalists have begun to make a case for all-electrics, and it's a pretty convincing one.

Paul Mitchell, who's the CEO of Energy Systems Network (a Central Indiana Corporate Partnership nonprofit — their other interests include groups such as Biocrossroads), says that comparative emissions are a wash. In other words, even in Indiana, even right now, the smokestack's just as clean as the tailpipe. The upside for electrics is that those smokestacks are giving way to cleaner generating stations, while the oil industry remains as dirty as ever.

"The grid itself is cleaning up," says Mitchell. "The flip side is that the places where we're sourcing oil from, the process that oil goes through to become gasoline or petrol, is not really changing — in fact, it's getting more and more dangerous. They're having to go further offshore to find the oil ... to more unfriendly locations and countries to source the oil and they're having to transport it further and further at the risk of catastrophic failures and accidents."

As hard to believe as this might have seemed just a few weeks ago, Indianapolis is proof positive that the grid's getting cleaner. On Aug. 15, IPL announced that the Harding St. plant would stop burning coal and switch to natural gas by 2016.

There's another issue: electrics are pricey, especially when the average consumer looks at the range on a single charge. Take the Chevy Spark as an example: plug it into a standard outlet overnight (120V) or speed up the charge to seven hours with a 240V charger — that has to be professionally installed in your home. Chevy offers discounts, though, to offset the cost of the charger, and quicker charging stations are starting to pop up, too — but the capability to accommodate those stations is optional.

On the cash-outlay upside, the Feds are putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to EV purchases: $7,500 in tax credits are available with the purchase of most models. (Source: fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml) Those tax breaks are important — the 2015 Nissan Leaf, for example, has an MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) approaching $30 grand before the credits kick in. That's dropping in some cases, though — the aforementioned Spark falls below $20,000 with the full tax break; you can even lease one for around $199 monthly.

Although electric charging stations are hardly ubiquitous, Indianapolis has added to its bike-sharing program with a car-sharing program called BlueIndy, an all-electric fleet that's found success in France. The company behind the program, Bollorè, has tied an IPL rate hike to the service to help with startup costs. (Initially, it'll cost ratepayers about 28 cents a month. The deal's being considered by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.)

If you're a fan of bikes, electric motorcycles are popping up, too. BMW's offering has the vibe of a scooter, and Harley Davidson's rolled out "Project Livewire," a ride whose lines make the thing look like Darth Vader would be right at home in the saddle. Harley's added sound to the bike, too, so the bike's torque has a better soundtrack than a barely audible hum.


WHAT ABOUT NOW?

OK, fair enough. As a nation, we're trudging away from coal. But what about today? How can you justify an electric car purchase right now?

"When you look at the tailpipe, you're not taking into consideration the long CO2 footprint trail of oil and where it's sourced from and how it's transported halfway around the world. It's hard to do because you don't exactly know where it's going to come from; it's a commodity. Sometimes it's sourced from the US, sometimes the Middle East, maybe oil sands up in Canada, which are highly volatile in terms of CO2. When studies have been done that look at that in an honest and objective way, the conclusion is that ... emissions are equal or better. "

The Hoosier Environmental Council is on board with Mitchell. Jesse Kharbanda, HEC's Executive Director, sent this along via email:

"HEC tends to support EVs over other automobiles provided that consumers, particularly those that have strong buying power (e.g. cities, large companies) work with both EV manufacturers to employ rigorous green practices (e.g. sustainable lithium mining; recycling of batteries; safe disposal of batteries) and power companies to make accelerated investments in zero-carbon technologies (e.g. solar, wind)."

We'll get back to that battery issue in a bit. Kharbanda continues:

"As a June 2012 Union of Concerned Scientists report shows, 'Nearly half of Americans live in regions where driving an electric vehicle means lower global warming emissions than driving even the best hybrid gasoline vehicle available.'   That statistic will get better and better — even for the grids that serve Indiana — due to emerging multi-billion dollar investments in wind power in the Great Plains, the increasing replacement of coal with natural gas, and continued compliance with renewable electricity standards across the region."

Mitchell handed me the very Union of Concerned Scientists report that HEC mentioned.

The physics of electrics make them more efficient as well. Here's a gross oversimplification of physics: Laying off the accelerator in an electric isn't just pushing less fuel through a running motor. An internal combustion engine is still burning fuel when you brake; electrics diminish that flow of energy in a better manner.

THE CASE FOR HYBRIDS

The last time Jodi Perras, who heads up the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign here, bought a car in 2013, she considered the current condition of Indiana's grid, not the future. Perras used a handy online guide to compare Indy's emissions with other parts of the country (found at content.sierraclub.org/evguide/). According to Perras, "I agree with Jesse that things are starting to change. Also, an EV would reduce some of the local pollution in Marion County, transferring some to rural areas of southern Indiana who are already breathing too much pollution from coal-burning power plants. At this point in time, I don't think an EV is a clean choice for Indiana residents when it comes to reducing CO2.

"In 10 years when I'm ready to look for a new car, I hope that will have changed. That's what we're working toward, at any rate. But looking at IPL's current 20-year energy planning process, they will have no additional wind or solar energy until 2029 at the earliest. Even with the increase in natural gas generation by IPL starting in 2017, I don't believe an EV will be a better alternative than a hybrid when it comes to CO2 emissions for many years to come."

The other benefits of hybrids? Range. Whether a hybrid's a plug-in or a regular ol' start-stop variety, those who get twitchy about the short mileage the consumer gets from a single charge find these rides comforting. Plus, most folks who use plug-ins can lean on the batteries alone for commutes on days that don't come with traffic jams. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEVs can substitute electricity from the grid for gasoline. The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi, for example, can go about 21 miles by only using electricity, and the 2014 Chevy Volt can go around 38 miles before the gasoline motor kicks in.

"Though this doesn't sound like a far ways, many people drive less than this distance each day. In a recent UCS survey, 54 percent of respondents reported driving less than 40 miles a day. Moreover, using electricity instead of gasoline is cheaper and cleaner for most people. The average cost to drive 100 miles on electricity is only $3.45 compared to $13.52 for driving 100 miles on gasoline." (Source: blog.ucsusa.org/comparing-electric-vehicles-hybrid-vs-bev-vs-phev-vs-fcev-411)


ABOUT THOSE BATTERIES

When a battery in a hybrid or plug-in vehicle goes south, it doesn't just quit like the lead-acid battery you're probably most familiar with. The battery in your ride becomes less and less efficient — range diminishes until the thing isn't really viable any longer. There are two big problems when that happens. For the consumer, a replacement's pricey. For the environment, the batteries are loaded with some pretty toxic stuff.

A plan for recycling those batteries is a requirement from the US Department of Energy. "The Obama administration realized early on that if they were going to push plug-ins, they'd have to address this environmental concern about recycling," says Mitchell. "When the stimulus was passed, and all this money flowed into battery vehicle technology, the White House put as a requirement [the development of] a comprehensive end-of-life recycling strategy for your products."

Mitchell says most companies are using two different options. "Second life" or "secondary use" places less-than-efficient batteries (which can store some energy, albeit a limited amount, for up to roughly 30 years) places the batteries into backup power systems for cell phone towers or other applications. These batteries can be stacked and sit on the grid for decades.

The other option's true recycling, and this is trickier: How do you remove the toxic junk from the battery and put it back into the manufacturing process? It ain't easy, and there are some hefty cost considerations, too. All batteries will still ultimately reach an end, as Lauren Fix points out: "What are you going to do with those batteries down the road? When we've used them up in every way, shape and form, we still have cadmium, nickel and mercury." Although companies in the U.S. might not be allowed to dump those dead batteries anywhere they please that's certainly not the case in the developing world.

Ultimately, it's about your personal priorities — and what you can afford. Maybe a high-mileage used vehicle, one that doesn't burn a bunch of fuel and didn't require any extra energy to build, maybe that's the solution for your particular needs. Maybe you've got the cash for a super-efficient and sexy electric. Maybe you're thinking about simply riding the bus more often. Remember: if you're making a concerted, educated effort to transport you, your kids and your stuff in a more sustainable manner, you've taken the first step on the path to helping the planet.

Jodi Perras sums it up: "When it comes to what's 'greenest,' you really have to choose your measuring stick. If it's reducing local ozone, an EV would be better. If it's reducing global carbon emissions, after walking, riding a bike or mass transit — a hybrid would be better than an EV or traditional gas vehicle in Indiana. If it's reducing waste disposal, you'd also look at what it takes to build the vehicle and seek the most sustainable option."





 

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Purdue Hosts 'Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion" Seminar - September 18

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From Purdue University's website:

Purdue will host a one-day seminar on the benefits and risks surrounding some of the technologies that are both the most disruptive to current practices and being adopted the fastest. This seminar will present interdisciplinary discussions examining the research, opportunities, challenges, and questions brought about by the increasingly rapid rate of technological change.

A collection of Purdue faculty experts from all colleges will showcase their many perspectives related to this technology explosion, explore conditions that will foster innovation and investment into the next generation, and address the big-picture issues where both optimism and pessimism are warranted.

Additionally, this conference will examine ideas presented in Barrat’s book Our Final Invention, which asks, “Are ‘thinking’ computers the dawn of a bright future or the harbingers of doom for the human race?” The question of “Dawn or Doom?” will be applied to all areas of study at Purdue, and lectures will examine the question as it relates to such topics as machine intelligence exceeding human intelligence, the growth of nanotechnology, intelligent robotics, and emerging biotechnology.


To register and view the schedule and speakers, visit the event website here.


 

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RELEASE: Battery Innovation Center Continues Charge

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August 5, 2014

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind., and NEWBERRY, Ind. - EnterScape, an industrial utility monitoring company, has become a member of the Newberry-based Battery Innovation Center, a collaborative initiative that focuses on developing, testing and commercializing safe, reliable and lightweight energy storage systems for the defense and commercial sectors.

John Seymer, EnterScape's director of business development, said the company will install its real-time data collection system at the Battery Innovation Center. This will allow officials to allocate operational and testing costs better and improve facility efficiency.

"Our long-term plan is to fully integrate with the center's onsite renewable energy generation systems and to provide a full-spectrum data collection system," he said. "We will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with other Battery Innovation Center members, have access to the testing and manufacturing facility, and benefit by being associated with this well-respected research facility. We are impressed with the state-of-the-art facility in Newberry and the expertise of the team."

The Battery Innovation Center includes both a consortium of dues-paying members and a 501(c)(3) institution that provides fee-for-service work and other research and development. Julie Weber, manager of business and finance, said the institution currently is working on projects for clients in Indianapolis, Chicago and Austin, Texas.

"In addition to these projects, we were selected in 2012 as a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) Proof of Concept Center under the i6 challenge," she said. "As a Proof of Concept Center, the Battery Innovation Center provides business mentoring to small businesses or startups by connecting them with venture capital, potential partnerships, assisting in tech transfer from academia or government labs, and by assisting with technology validation and proofing to provide market-ready commercial or U.S. Department of Defense solutions."

Weber said the Battery Innovation Center identified EnterScape's monitoring technology as a critical component to both commercial and Department of Defense energy storage devices.

"Among other goals, we would like to explore how it can affect microgrids in the residential, commercial and military sectors. By incorporating EnterScape's technology into the Battery Innovation Center, we will be able to demonstrate its capabilities to our partners, our customers and NSWC Crane," she said. "EnterScape's technology also will allow our institution to more precisely assess customers' appropriate charges for energy consumption during testing, which is a huge benefit for a non-profit whose goal is to charge customers based only on real costs."

Seymer said EnterScape's membership in the Battery Innovation Center reflects its belief of working with other enterprises to make a lasting impact.

"The Battery Innovation Center's world-class membership base will only grow stronger with time, and EnterScape wants to add to that strength," he said.

EnterScape is based at the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana.

About EnterScape

EnterScape has developed a SaaS business model and software platform for the industrial market. EnterScape's proprietary data management and reporting software, UtilityRecon 2.0, supports both utility (energy) and enterprise (process) monitoring. EnterScape can provide either a turn-key service, including data acquisition hardware and installation, or data management and hosting utilizing UtilityRecon 2.0.

About Battery Innovation Center

The Battery Innovation Center incorporates leadership from world-class universities and commercial enterprises to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lightweight energy storage systems for commercial and defense customers.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana, located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org.

Sources: The Purdue Research Park, Inside INdiana Business





 

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ESN partners with Inside INdiana Business to launch INpower e-newsletter

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Beginning next week, ESN will partner with Inside INdiana Business to launch a new e-newsletter focused on the energy technology sector in Indiana.

Every quarter, the INpower e-newsletter will feature four stories and a Perspectives article (a piece written by a subject matter expert) focused on the state's energy technology industry. To sign up, visit the subscriber page on Inside INdiana Business' website. Readers can view the latest stories from INpower at the web portal page hosted by Inside INdiana Business.

Have story ideas for INpower e-newsletter, or questions about accessing it? Please contact ESN.

                                           



 

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Support BlueIndy, IPL by sharing your comments with the OUCC by Friday, June 13

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The Indiana Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written comments on Indianapolis Power and Light's (IPL) request for permission to potentially cover costs of equipment installation and extending electrical service to the rental locations.

The contract with Bolloré Group, the City of Indianapolis and IPL includes a profit sharing model which, with a successful service, shares some of the profits with the partners to recoup some of the startup costs. In the event increased usage of the service and the profit sharing model do not cover all the costs, the regulatory filing gives IPL permission to increase customer utility rates by one half of one percent (0.5%), or about $0.44/month for the average homeowner. Such a rate increase would not begin until 2018 and would last five years.

The OUCC is inviting written comments on IPL’s request through June 13, 2014.

We encourage each of you to show your support for this innovative service online, by mail, email or fax by June 13 according to the guidelines in the OUCC press release. Be sure to reference IURC Cause No. 44478 in your remarks.

We encourage you to take the time to show your support for BlueIndy and IPL no later than Friday, June 13 in order to ensure this unique EV car sharing program makes its debut in Indianapolis!

 

Sending Your Comments to the OUCC

Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may do so via the OUCC’s Website at
www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, or by mail, email or fax:

Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204

email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov

Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments the OUCC receives by June 13, 2014 will be filed with the Commission and included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44478.”

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Free BlueIndy Test Drives

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Take a free test drive of Indianapolis' all-electric car sharing program!

Interested in BlueIndy? Take a test drive before the commercial opening. A perfect way to get used to the service and to discover all its benefits. BlueIndy changes the city for you. Try it and you’ll adopt it!

Our ambassadors are at the demonstration location (14 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis) from 11am to 7pm, seven days per week. Stop by and ask any questions to our ambassadors and learn everything about the BlueIndy service and the Bluecar.

You are also welcome to drive one of our Bluecars!


 





 

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BlueIndy - largest electric car share program in US - launches in Indianapolis

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Bollore Group Inaugurates First BlueIndy Rental Location on Washington Street

On May 19, Indianapolis continued its legacy in transportation electrification leadership as it welcomed Bollore Group's BlueIndy electric car sharing service to the city. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Bollore Chairman & CEO Vincent Bollore, ESN CEO Paul Mitchell and Indianapolis Power and Light President Kelly Huntington all participated in the ceremony yesterday and detailed the service's benefits and technology.

Ribbon Cutting participants: Brian Wynne, president of Electric Drive Transportation Association; Vincent Bollore, chairman and CEO of Bollore Group; Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard; Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Energy Systems Network; Kelly Huntington, president of Indianapolis Power and Light.

This demo site, located at 14 E. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis, will offer free test drives with BlueIndy Ambassadors over the course of the next several months while plans for the rollout of the service continue. About 25 rental locations will open by the end of 2014 when the service is open to the public.

For more information on the BlueIndy service or to reserve a time to meet with a BlueIndy Ambassador, visit their website at www.blue-indy.com.

Bollore Chairman and CEO Vincent Bollore comments on the benefits of the BlueIndy service for the City of Indianapolis.

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RELEASE: Vectren CEO joins Energy Systems Network Board of Directors

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NEWS RELEASE

Vectren CEO joins Energy Systems Network Board of Directors

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 24, 2014) Energy Systems Network (ESN), the state’s leading alternative energy technology initiative, has elected Carl Chapman – chairman, president and CEO of Vectren Corporation – to its board of directors, making Vectren the second utility represented on the non-profit’s board.

“Beyond being an Indiana-based company, Vectren’s representation on ESN’s board is a major advantage for our work in the alternative energy sector,” said ESN Board Chairman and Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder. “Carl is a veteran of this industry, and his experience and input will most certainly guide ESN and our partners in exploring innovations in alternative fuel technologies for energy and transportation, including the importance of natural gas as a clean, domestic source of energy.”

Chapman has a longstanding tenure in the energy industry, dating back to Vectren’s predecessor company Indiana Gas/Indiana Energy where he served in a number of roles, including chief financial officer. Since that time, he has spent the majority of his nearly 30-year career with Vectren – a Fortune 1000 company ─ or its holding company, in various executive and leadership roles. He was named president and CEO of the Evansville-based company in June 2010, and became chairman of the board in May 2011.

“Tomorrow’s energy industry will look very different from today as the demand for alternative energy continues to grow,” said Chapman. “I’m both honored and excited to join ESN, an organization driving alternative energy adoption and shaping tomorrow’s energy industry.”

Carl is also active on a number of other boards, including the American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, and the Indiana Energy Association.

About Energy Systems Network:

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. It is a non-profit industry-driven economic initiative focused on bringing alternative energy technology solutions to market, using innovation to confront global energy challenges with systems-level solutions. ESN’s mission is to build an energy ecosystem that connects partner companies and institutions with industry – in Indiana, across the country, and around the world – to address energy needs and generate new jobs and investment in the process. ESN partners include a wide range of Fortune 500 firms, emerging technology companies, and research and educational institutions with expertise in advanced technology vehicles, distributed power generation, advanced biofuels, renewable energy and energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.  

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Contact: Melissa Roberts, Energy Systems Network

   Phone: 317.532.4808                 Email: mroberts@cincorp.com

   Raquel Bahamonde, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
   

               Phone: 317.308.0064                 Email: rbahamonde@cincorp.com

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Battery Innovation Center Announces Request for Proposals for Development of New Energy Storage Systems

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Source: Battery Innovation Center

            www.bicindiana.com

NEWS RELEASE

Contact:              Julie Weber, Battery Innovation Center

                Phone: 812.863.2424 Ext. 211                  Email: julie.weber@bicindiana.com

               Charles LaSota, Battery Innovation Center

               Phone: 812.863.2424 Ext. 210                   Email: charles.lasota@bicindiana.com

 

Battery Innovation Center Announces Request for Proposal (RFP) for Development of New Energy Storage Systems

Center to invest $2M in proofing new energy storage systems aimed at accelerating the entry of innovative products into the battery market

(Crane, Ind. – December 05, 2013) As the nation’s energy demand continues to escalate and the growth of the battery and energy storage industry becomes increasingly critical, so does the development of new energy storage technologies. The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) – a non-profit consortium of organizations focused on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe and reliable energy storage systems – has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) to address these challenges and expedite the technology development needed. Funded by a $2 million grant from the Department of Commerce, the BIC will offer its advanced lab and facilities to the selected technology developers, which will be announced in early 2014.

The BIC was awarded the 2012 Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency (EDA) I6 Challenge Grant to provide its unique laboratory facilities for prototyping, testing and evaluation, and certification for small businesses and entrepreneurs with emerging energy storage technologies. The BIC will solicit inputs from industry leaders across the country to find the best product/technologies with the greatest economic development potential for commercialization. The selected energy storage technologies will be “proofed” within the BIC lab and provide data detailing their potential impacts.

In addition to providing state-of-the art technology development support from world-class researchers, the BIC will enlist critical state-led organizations, local government initiatives, and a wide array of venture capital providers to support small businesses in conducting critical market surveys, business plan development, marketing strategy development, and obtaining access to state and local government financial incentives to further their acceleration into the market. Lastly, the BIC, as a consortium of industry leaders in energy storage, can provide new and developing companies with the critical partnerships in manufacturing needed to quickly get their ideas from the drawing board to customers’ hands.

Organizations interested in submitting a proposal for the program may visit www.bicindiana.com for details on the submission process and eligibility requirements. The proposal deadline is January 3, 2014 with selections anticipated to be announced in February 2014.

About the Battery Innovation Center:

The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a unique public-private partnership and not-for-profit organization that incorporates leadership from world-class universities, commercial enterprises, and government organizations to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lighter weight energy storage systems for commercial and defense organizations. Located adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, the BIC provides both a virtual collaborative network of capabilities needed for development of next generation energy storage solutions as well as a new, state-of-the-art, $15.6 million energy research lab. Additional information is available at www.BICIndiana.com.

 

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National Plug In Day EV Tailgate at Clay Terrace, September 29

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National Plug In Day EV Tailgate at Clay Terrace

Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 29 is the third annual National Plug In Day! Events are taking place in cities nationwide to celebrate and increase awareness of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and Carmel is joining the fun. Join Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and other dignitaries at the Clay Terrace Mall on September 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for an electric vehicle (EV) tailgate in the parking lot behind Whole Foods Market. The event will take place by Clay Terrace’s impressive plug-in ecosystem – a first-of-its-kind charging station that combines Level 2 charging stations, a quick charge station, solar power and battery storage.

Plug-in vehicle owners are encouraged to bring their vehicles and park at the tailgate, and everyone is welcome to learn about all the electric vehicles available on the market and how the Clay Terrace charging station uses solar power to help recharge electric vehicles. Bring your tailgate gear, enjoy some sweet treats from Paradise Bakery and some food off the grill, and see several of the latest models of electric vehicles on display courtesy of Tom Wood Automotive Group.

Mayor Brainard will be joined by representatives from the Sierra Club, Duke Energy, Tom Wood Automotive Group, Energy Systems Network, the Carmel Green Initiative, and Hoosier EVA to talk about the importance of plug-in vehicle and solar technology.

You may register for the Carmel event at http://pluginday.org/event.php?eventid=73 but registration is not necessary to attend. For more information on National Plug In Day, visit www.pluginday.org.

 


 

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Battery Innovation Center Opens at WestGate@Crane Technology Park

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NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Julie Weber, Battery Innovation Center
Phone: 812.797.8311 (cell) Email: julie.weber@bicindiana.com

Melissa Roberts, Energy Systems Network
Phone: 317.501.4136 (cell) Email: mroberts@cincorp.com

Battery Innovation Center opens at WestGate@Crane Technology
Park

Center secures 12 corporate and academic members to begin projects aimed at accelerating the battery market


(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 30, 2013) The Battery Innovation Center (BIC), launched by Energy Systems Network, opens today at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane making Indiana a “hub” for advanced battery testing and development.


The BIC will leverage Indiana’s public and private sector assets in advanced battery technologies to create a center of excellence that will meet the research and development, rapid prototyping and contract manufacturing needs of industry, academic and military customers. After receiving $15.6 million in economic development bonds from the Greene County Council, construction began on the 32,000 square foot facility last August. The building was designed by American Structurepoint and built by Keystone Construction Corporation.


“The need for robust energy storage operating systems becomes more apparent as the number of disparate assets in the total energy system increases,” said BIC President Charles LaSota. “The Battery Innovation Center’s diverse capabilities in energy storage system prototyping, testing and evaluation, and microgrid implementation are exactly what are needed to accelerate the development of this technology.”


“The opportunities for defense, commercial and academic customers to take advantage of this new center not only will demonstrate its world-class capabilities, but it will showcase how collaboration across sectors can accelerate innovation,” said Paul Mitchell, ESN president and CEO and BIC board chairman. “The technology that can be developed at the BIC has far-reaching impacts on everything from electric vehicles to military applications to grid storage. Indiana can be at the center of this innovation through this organization.”


A number of public officials and dignitaries – including Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon, and NSWC Crane Commander Colonel Alan Pratt – will address visitors at a grand opening ceremony today at 11 a.m. (EDT) at Westgate Academy at NSWC in Southwest Central Indiana in Greene County.


"The Battery Innovation Center at WestGate will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for economic growth not only here in Southwestern Indiana but across the Hoosier state,” said Bucshon. “This world class technology and research hub will place Indiana as a leader in battery innovation that will meet the needs for military and commercial markets and provide research and development necessary to American energy security.”


The BIC will begin work with 12 corporate and academic members: AeroVironment, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), EaglePicher, Eaton Corporation, Ivy Tech Community College, MEGTEC, Penn State University, Purdue University, Renewz, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Stimulus Engineering, and Technical Services Corporation (TSC). In addition, the BIC has significant government partners including NSWC Crane and Argonne National Lab, with which the BIC is a critical affiliate of its Lead Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).
“The BIC has tremendous potential to positively impact the economic development climate in Indiana through the attraction of member companies in cooperation with its innovative activities,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “The innovation and collaboration at the BIC are exactly the type of model we hope to build upon as we maximize our defense assets, commercialize new products, and grow job opportunities in Indiana.”


The BIC is already beginning several research projects:

  • A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) project with partner NSWC Crane focused on the development and prototyping of next generation Lithium-ion cell designs.
  • NSWC Crane and AeroVironment have developed a CRADA project with the BIC designed to develop and demonstrate a large grid array battery test and evaluation capability that will be used for evaluation of future microgrid technologies.
  • The BIC, in its role as a Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency Proof of Concept Center for Energy Storage Technologies, will be issuing a Request for Proposals in September from the energy industry across the country to find the best techno-economic developmental “disruptive technology” products for rapid commercialization using the support of the BIC lab.

The BIC will initially employ 10 highly skilled scientists, engineers and technicians and is a part of the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park in Newberry, Ind.

For more information, please contact Julie Weber at 812.863.2424 Ext. 211 or julie.weber@bicindiana.com.


About the Battery Innovation Center:
The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a unique public-private partnership and not-for-profit organization that incorporates leadership from world-class universities, commercial enterprises, and government organizations to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lighter weight energy storage systems for commercial and defense organizations. Located adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, the BIC provides both a virtual collaborative network of capabilities needed for development of next generation energy storage solutions as well as a new, state-of-the-art, $15.6 million energy research lab. Additional information is available at www.BICIndiana.com.


About Energy Systems Network:
The Energy Systems Network (ESN) an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. It is a non- profit industry-driven economic organization focused on bringing alternative energy technology solutions to market, using innovation to confront global energy challenges with systems-level solutions. ESN’s mission is to build an energy ecosystem that connects partner companies and institutions with industry – in Indiana, across the country, and around the world – to address energy needs and generate new jobs and investment in the process. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com or follow us on Twitter @EnergySystemsNk.


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FIM eRoadRacing Series during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP

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From indianapolismotorspeedway.com:

Electric-Powered Bikes To Reach 180 MPH In August At IMS

Electric-powered race motorcycles capable of reaching speeds of 180 mph will compete in a round of the FIM eRoadRacing series during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 16-18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series and includes races across three continents. The series is officially sanctioned by the FIM, the worldwide governing body of motorcycle racing.

The Indianapolis round will be part of the FIM eRoadRacing North American Regional Series, featuring teams from across North America competing on the 16-turn, 2.621-mile MotoGP road course at IMS. FIM eRoadRacing also conducts a European Regional Series. Top riders and teams in both series will race in the World Cup Final in November in Asia.

For ticket information, visit www.ims.com/tickets.
 

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Paul Mitchell participating on Techpoint's 'New Economy New Rules' energy technology panel August 2nd

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ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell will participate on a panel for Techpoint's New Economy New Rules event on August 2nd at Barnes and Thornburg in downtown Indianapolis to discuss the city's leadership role in transportation electrification. The panel also includes David Rosenberg from the City of Indianapolis, as well as Ron Gifford, Executive Director of the Central Indiana Transit Task Force. Full event information is listed below. To register, sign up at the event website.

New Economy New Rules: Energy Technology

Indianapolis has attracted national and international attention for bold, cutting edge developments in electric vehicles; including car-sharing, plug-in technology, and Mayor Ballard’s executive order that will replace the entire city fleet with electric and hybrid cars.


1.But where does the Circle City fit in the global electric vehicle market?
2.If the electric vehicle market is still in its infancy, how long will it take before Indy achieves a competitive critical mass?
3.As the city looks to improve its mass transit system, will this infrastructure along with innovations in heavy vehicle battery technologies allow Indianapolis to be among the first cities to deploy a fleet of fully-electric rapid transit vehicles?
4.What legitimate national security benefits could we realize as a city, state or nation as the electric vehicle market matures?

These questions and more will be discussed by our panel of subject matter experts on Friday, Aug. 2, at the New Economy New Rules breakfast briefing. Please join us by registering and share this event with your colleagues on Facebook and Twitter.

New Economy New Rules - August 2, 2013

Presented by Barnes & Thornburg and WGU Indiana

WHEN: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (EDT)

8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Presentation

WHERE: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Conference Center
11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Plus 20 broadcast locations throughout Indiana, Chicago and Washington D.C.

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Paul Mitchell, Mayor Greg Ballard and Cole Willis IPL on WFYI "No Limits"

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Listen to the podcast of ESN's President and CEO Paul Mitchell on WFYI 90.1 Public Radio's show "No Limits" today, hosted by Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism Director John Krull. Mitchell was part of panel that included Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indianapolis Power & Light's Cole Willis discussing the future of plug-in vehicles in Indy.



 

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RELEASE: Regional leaders to develop economic development strategy for Southwest Central Indiana

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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:              Melissa Roberts, Energy Systems Network

                   Phone: 317.532.4808                  Email: mroberts@cincorp.com

                Raquel Bahamonde, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
                   Phone: 317.308.0064                  Email: rbahamonde@cincorp.com

Regional leaders to develop economic development strategy for Southwest Central Indiana

Effort funded through planning grant from Lilly Endowment

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 9, 2013) Leaders from industry, academia, community organizations and a federal military base have united to develop a strategic plan that leverages the unique assets of the Southwest Central Indiana region to drive economic growth and enhance residents' quality of life.

A $650,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will enable the Southwest Central Indiana region to identify opportunities, assets and resources that can be better utilized and coordinated to provide economic opportunities for its residents and communities.  The region includes a world-class research university (Indiana University – Bloomington) and Naval Support Activity Crane, a military base which houses Indiana’s only federal laboratory, which collectively employ more than 10,000 people. Its growing life sciences industry employs another 4,400 people, and there is a high concentration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs. The region also has a thriving hospitality and entertainment industry and is home to the state's largest concentration of state forests, parks, lakes, fish and wildlife areas. Additionally, the new I-69 corridor between Evansville and Indianapolis runs through the heart of this region, which is expected to enhance economic development opportunities and offer greater connectivity through shorter routes and travel times.

Initially, the strategic planning efforts will focus on 11 counties in the region: Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties. These counties represent the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Economic Growth Region 8, plus all of the counties served by Radius│Indiana. Throughout the planning process, the geographical focus may evolve as the plan develops.

A steering committee consisting of regional leaders and stakeholders invested in the Southwest Central Indiana region will lead the planning effort. Steering committee members include:

  • Brian Blackwell, director, Office of Engagement, NSWC Crane;
  • Duane Embree, national director of Military and Defense Initiatives, Ivy Tech Community College;
  • Paul Mitchell, president and CEO, Energy Systems Network (ESN);
  • Dan Peterson, vice president of Industry and Government Affairs, Cook Group; Steering Committee Chair;
  • Tina Peterson, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
  • Becky Skillman, president and CEO, Radius│Indiana;
  • William Stephan, vice president for Engagement, Indiana University;

Steering Committee Chair Dan Peterson says it’s not only the diversity of expertise of the committee members, but their commitment to collaborative strategic planning that will make it a successful project. “Each of these committee members is deeply invested in the success of this unique part of the state – both on a professional and a personal level,” he said. “It’s a landmark opportunity to capitalize on their widespread expertise for such an important common goal.”

“The Southwest Central Indiana region has great potential for dramatic growth in a number of key sectors,” said ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell. “Unlocking this potential will require a unified plan that leaders are prepared to leverage and co-invest in.” 

Lilly Endowment's grant was awarded to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation, which supports the charitable and educational activities of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), and will be managed by ESN, a CICP initiative that will support the activities of the steering committee and produce a comprehensive plan. This work builds on an initial planning grant from Lilly Endowment which was used to conduct asset mapping and data analysis on the defined region. While the results showed strong potential for enhanced growth, the steering committee recognized more work and engagement with regional leaders was required to develop a robust regional plan and shared vision for Southwest Central Indiana.

ESN has selected Lori Torres, former commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor in Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration, to serve as project director for the 12-month grant period. The steering committee will meet regularly to develop a set of recommendations for the region. Recommendations from local and regional leaders, economic and workforce development experts, community foundations and the public will be solicited throughout the process.

“Community involvement is critical in these types of planning projects to ensure the final proposal is representative of what the people who live and work here want,” said Torres. “The committee is looking forward to hearing from people from all corners of the region to get them engaged and invested in the outcomes of this process.”

The steering committee has already begun meeting and will coordinate public listening sessions later this year. The plan is expected to be finalized by mid-2014.

For more information, view a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

ABOUT ENERGY SYSTEMS NETWORK

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not for profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on bringing alternative energy technology solutions to market, using innovation to confront global energy challenges with systems-level solutions. In 2012, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) initiative broke ground on the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) in the Southwest Central Indiana region. The BIC is a customer-driven single point of access for battery research, development, testing and commercialization. The $20 million facility is located at Westgate Technology Park in Crane, Ind. and will open operations beginning later this year, providing significant economic growth to the area. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com

 

ABOUT LILLY ENDOWMENT INC.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family -- J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli -- through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.  While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.  In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.  More information can be found at www.lillyendowment.org.


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ESN President & CEO Paul Mitchell discusses city's new EV car sharing program, plug-in vehicles with Gerry Dick on Inside Indian

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ESN President & CEO Paul Mitchell was interviewed as part of the headlining story on Inside Indiana Business last weekend about the city's new EV car sharing program, expected in the spring of 2014.

Last Monday June 10th, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, ESN, the International Center, and the Bollore Group announced a new EV car sharing program including 500 PEVs and over 1,000 charging stations in 200 locations around the greater Indianapolis area would be arriving in 2014. This will make Indianapolis' program the largest EV car share in the country.

Also announced last week, the Electric Drive Transportation Association plans to bring their annual meeting and conference to Indianapolis next year - the first time it's been outside of Washington DC since 2008. ESN will be the local host partner for the event.

To see Paul's interview in full, visit the Inside Indiana Business website.



 

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ESN will be local host partner for 2014 Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference

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Energy Systems Network was just named the local host partner for the Electric Drive Transportation Association's (EDTA) 2014 conference, an event which Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced yesterday will be hosted in Indianapolis - the first time it's been held outside of Washington DC since 2008. For more information of EDTA's Conference and Annual Meeting, see the press release below from Visit Indy.

RELEASE: Indianapolis to Host the Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference & Annual Meeting in 2014


Timed with Hosting the Conference, Indy to Launch the Largest All-Electric Car Sharing Program in the U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) has selected Indianapolis to host its 2014 Conference & Annual Meeting, a three-day convergence that will bring in more than 1,200 attendees from across the U.S. and generate more than $1 million in economic impact for Central Indiana.

The EDTA is the preeminent U.S. industry association dedicated to the promotion of electric drive as the best means to achieve the highly efficient and clean use of secure energy in the transportation sector. EDTA promotes sustainable commercialization of all electric drive transportation technologies by providing in-depth information, education, industry networking, and public policy advocacy.

Since 2008, the EDTA has held its annual conference in Washington, DC.

Indianapolis was able to entice the EDTA due in large part to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s electric car commitment, including the announcement just 24-hours earlier that Indianapolis is launching the largest all-electric car sharing program in the U.S., timed to be launched by the EDTA conference in May 2014. The $35 million investment will include 1,200 charging stations clustered at up to 200 locations, using on-street parking spots and private lots and garages, and a fleet of 500 plug-in electric cars.

“Indianapolis is quickly gaining national and international prominence in our drive to promote the use of electric vehicles as a means to strengthen foreign policy and global security,” said Mayor Greg Ballard.  “We are excited to welcome the innovative thinkers at the EDTA conference to Indianapolis next year to showcase our efforts and debut the new electric car share program.”

In addition to the Indiana Convention Center, the EDTA Conference & Annual Meeting will utilize Georgia Street, the city’s three-block outdoor promenade, for public programming and education about electric cars.

“Mayor Ballard, the City of Indianapolis and the Electric Drive Transportation Association share a common goal - using electric drive innovation to end our crippling dependence on foreign oil," said EDTA President Brian Wynne. "We look forward to bringing our conference to Indianapolis next year as well as reinforcing the initiative for your city."

According to EDTA, if 60% of U.S. light-duty vehicles were powered by today’s electric grid, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector would decrease by one-third.  Also, buying electricity for an electric vehicle is approximately equivalent to buying gasoline at $1 per gallon (source: Plugging-In).

“The value of the EDTA Conference & Annual Meeting goes well beyond the economic impact of the meeting itself," said Leonard Hoops, president & CEO of Visit Indy.  “It will bring many transportation thought-leaders to Indy which could lead to future business development opportunities for the region.  Mayor Ballard played a pivotal role in helping Visit Indy win the EDTA conference through his commitment to electric vehicle programs."

The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to recent study by Rockport Analytics, 22 million people visit Indianapolis annually, generating $3.95 billion in economic impact, and supporting 75,000 full-time employment positions.  For more information www.VisitIndy.com
 

Release courtesy of Visit Indy.

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ESN, Mayor Ballard, International Center and Bollore Group Announce Largest EV Car Share Program in US

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Largest All-Electric Car Share Program in US to Launch in Indy in 2014


Bollore Group Selects Indianapolis for $35 Million Investment Marking Company's First Expansion Outside of France

NEWS RELEASE - OFFICE OF MAYOR GREG BALLARD

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard, Bolloré Group, and leaders from Indianapolis’ largest employers, universities, hospitality destinations and civic organizations today announced that Indianapolis has been selected as the site of the largest electric car share program in the United States. Bolloré Group plans to invest approximately $35 million to launch an all-electric car share program in the city next year. The system will feature 500 electric vehicles and 1,200 charging stations at 200 car-share locations. The move marks the first time Bolloré will replicate the success of its Paris car share program outside of France.


“This program provides a great opportunity for downtown workers, residents and visitors to get around town in a car without owning one,” said Mayor Ballard. “This service allows a person, government or company to only pay for a car when they need and want it. They aren’t paying for fuel, insurance, maintenance and parking costs when the vehicle is not in use.”


The yet-to-be-named Indianapolis car share program is modeled after Bolloré’s popular Autolib’ service in Paris which features over 1,700 electric vehicles, 4,200 charging stations, and 37,000 members. As in Paris, the Indianapolis service is aimed at providing new mobility options to the public. It will also allow Indianapolis to become one of the most “electrified” cities in the US with a dense network of charging stations available to private EV owners.


“We are delighted to announce the launch of the Indianapolis service,” said Vincent Bolloré, Chairman of the Bolloré Group. “The success of the Autolib’ in Paris - based on convenience, reliability and availability - has exceeded our expectations and realized our goal of transforming habits of car ownership, reducing pollution and relieving traffic congestions. As a leader in the Smart Grid, we support Mayor Ballard’s commitment to Electric Vehicles and are excited to help speed the adoption of EVs in Indiana. The dynamic environment fostered by Mayor Ballard’s administration along with the vibrant business and higher education community, and impressive downtown development projects are key factors in our selection of Indy for this first US launch.”


HOW IT WORKS: The program is based around short one-way rentals, unlike some other US models which require the user to return to the vehicle where they rented it. Users pay a membership fee (daily, monthly, or annually) and receive an RFID card. When they wish to rent a vehicle they reserve a car on-line or at a dedicated car share kiosk, they unlock the car charger with their card, and then swipe the card on the windshield, which unlocks the car and allows them to drive off. The in-car GPS allows the user to reserve a parking spot with a charging station near their destination. Once they arrive, plug-in the vehicle and the transaction is complete. The user can then reserve another vehicle for their next trip, as needed. The rates for the Indianapolis service have not yet been established, but in Paris, membership costs $16 per month and a 20-minute trip costs about $4.50.


"This announcement is extremely exciting for our city,” said President Maggie A. Lewis, Indianapolis City-County Council. “This is a unique opportunity for our residents and visitors and will enhance our efforts in building a world-class city."


Business/Governmental Car-Share: The car share program will be available to individual members and government/corporate users. The City of Indianapolis and many other governmental and business organizations are looking into corporate memberships in order to reduce the size of their vehicle fleet.


“Indianapolis is becoming a major hub for clean transportation technologies, garnering national attention, due in large part to Mayor Ballard’s leadership in promoting electric and natural gas fuel in transportation,” said Paul Mitchell, President/CEO of Energy Systems Network. “The fact that a company like Bolloré is choosing Indianapolis as the first US market for its innovative transportation solution shows the world is also now taking notice.”


Bolloré will begin hiring local management and marketing teams in the next few months. The service is aimed to be a public service and Bollore will work closely with the city in the planning phase and continue discussions with key transportation, neighborhood, business and tourism groups to identify car share locations and other service aspects. The city will assist Bolloré to identify the car share locations, reserve on-street parking where necessary, and enforce reserved parking restrictions with its partners at Park Indy. The company expects to launch the car share service next spring.


About Bolloré Group:
Founded in 1822, the Bolloré Group has a diverse portfolio of activities around the world, with leadership positions in Transportation and Logistics, Communication and Media, Electricity Storage and Solutions. The Bollore Group employs over 38,000 people worldwide and had 2012 revenues in excess of $13 billion. Media contact: hmuller@ier.aero

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RELEASE: Renewz Selected to Build Solar Carport for Battery Innovation Center

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R&D facility to leverage US Navy’s Crane Naval Center in the research and development of independent solar charging stations for electric vehicles

Odon, Indiana (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

renewz sustainable solutions inc. today announced an agreement with the Battery Innovation Center to construct a solar powered electric vehicle carport at the new BIC research facility in Odon, Indiana, adjacent to the US Navy’s largest battery testing and research center. The solar charging carport system was developed by Renewz® and combines American-made electrical equipment from Eaton, with Renewz’ exclusive silver-aluminum ballasted carport system.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Renewz® for the deployment of this first solar power canopy to be built in the coming months on our new facility grounds," said Charles LaSota, President of the Battery Innovation Center. "Their deployment capabilities, combined with an innovative hardware and software package, put them far ahead of any other solar carport provider. Solar power is an important part of what we hope to research at BIC, when combined with electric vehicle charging and smart battery storage technologies, with a view towards the smart grid of the future."

The isola™ 5 kilowatt (kW) solar carport project will be managed and developed by renewz® and features patent-pending Integrated Power Solutions and EV chargers from Eaton. The modular structure will also include SILFAB Americas solar panels, high-tech LED lighting and highly visible side banners. It is designed to be 100-percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant.

“Renewz® is committed to helping military and commercial locations across America deliver on the reduction on foreign energy supply dependence,” said Sass M. Peress, CEO of renewz. “Built adjacent to the US Navy’s largest battery development facility, this modular two-car solar canopy will be constructed in just a few days without need for any foundation trenching thanks to its ballasted design. It will clearly demonstrate how armed forces bases around the world can quickly and easily deploy renewable, clean energy supplies for their electrical vehicle charging infrastructure, while powering their electric fleets towards true ‘zero-emission’ targets.”

This innovative solar powered EV charging station is intended to generate enough clean, renewable energy to recharge any electric vehicle located at the BIC facility for over 25 years. It will reduce Indiana’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 115 tons and permit more than 300,000 miles of clean driving.

About renewz sustainable solutions inc.
renewz sustainable solutions, Inc. develops and delivers unique solar carport projects based on careful matching of design and brand requirements of its clients. Through the delivery of recognizable, easy-to-implement, and effective solutions, we help clients discover ways to increase their environmental stewardship...from road to roof®. For more information, visit http://www.renewz.com, facebook.com/renewz or view our videos at youtube.com/renewzsolutions

About Battery Innovation Center
The Battery innovation Center (BIC) in Southwest Central Indiana is a unique “not-for-profit” organization that pulls together world class talent from industry, academia, and government laboratories to provide for the rapid commercialization of new and emerging energy storage system technologies through collaborative research and development. It’s “state-of-the-art” new $15.6M laboratory at Crane@WestGate Technology Park near Naval Support Activity Crane provides unique prototype manufacturing capability for Li Ion batteries, battery characterization and performance test and evaluation capabilities, as well as large scale energy storage devices, charging/discharge systems, and green energy sources for Micro Grid and grid management research and validation. Designated as a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Agency (EDA) Proof of Concept Center for Energy Storage technologies, BIC has an active cooperative research and development agreement with NSWC Crane for conduct of unique power and energy research and development opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.BICindiana.com




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2013 APTA Conference Highlights Alternative Fuel Bus Technologies

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Public transportation is a booming $50 billion industry that employs close to 400,000 workers. But this industry is about more than just economics, urbanism and connecting the community – all of which the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) touts as positive features of a high quality public transportation system. New technologies are making it a way to impact the environmental landscape of a community, which APTA showcased on May 6th at their 2013 annual conference in Indianapolis, hosted by IndyGo.

APTA’s annual Bus and Paratransit Conference is in town this week, and part of the conference was a display of 26 buses at White River State Park near the Visitor Center. Among those buses, over half a dozen were powered by alternative fuels – all electric, hybrids, compressed natural gas (CNG) – highlighting the advances in clean technology for these large scale vehicles. Many of these low or no emissions options are made in the US. For example, Crosspoint Kinetics, a subsidiary of Cummins Crosspoint (Cummins’ exclusive distributor of Cummins products in a five-state territory), had a hybrid power system on display that uses ultra-capacitors instead of batteries to store energy, making it 500 pounds lighter than many other alternative systems. Those systems are manufactured and assembled in the state of Indiana.

Crosspoint Kinetics

All-electric models were also on display at the exhibit. BYD and Proterra both exhibited their zero emissions buses, touting their low impact on the environment and lower maintenance and fuel costs.

CNG vehicles also made an appearance at the exhibit, including DesignLine’s ECOSaver Range Extended Electric Vehicle (REEV) – a unique vehicle that combines a fully electric drive system with the consumer’s choice of fuel options, including CNG, diesel or propane. Its 52 kWh of Lithium Ion batteries provides the ability to drive on electricity for 40 percent of the day, dramatically reducing carbon emissions.

         

At a small press conference during the exhibit, IndyGo President & CEO Mike Terry described Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s commitment to the city of Indianapolis and the region: “[Ballard] has been a champion for Indianapolis and the region for mass transit, enhancing the public transportation system, and also for alternative fuels, looking at ways in which we can conserve and reduce our dependency on foreign oil; but also looking at the investments in alternative technologies such as compressed natural gas or full electric [vehicles] and hybrids.”

Mayor Ballard specifically highlighted Indiana companies and ESN partners Allison and Cummins as major contributors to the public transportation industry and its impact on the economy by sustaining and creating jobs.

APTA’s mission is “to strengthen and improve public transportation” and “ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.” Its conference, which ends May 8th, includes programs focused on policy, planning, operations and maintenance, technology, safety and security, procurement and special issues on accessible transportation among other topics. For more information on APTA, visit www.apta.com.




 
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ESN working with local company to explore integration of eBikes into police fleets

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Local law enforcement officials in communities across the nation use a variety of transportation methods to keep our neighborhoods safe – squad cars, trucks, and motorcycles, to name a few. But what about those highly crowded downtown events or exercise paths and parks that are difficult to access through conventional roads?  Something more agile is needed to allow law enforcement to protect us quickly and quietly, yet still have the physical energy left to finish the job when they arrive. Energy Systems Network (ESN) and eCat, a local electric bicycle company, recently convened experts from around the country to consider one alternative that may be just the vehicle to take them there.

While very popular in China, and increasingly so in India and Europe, electric bicycles, or eBikes, haven’t taken off the same way in the United States, much less in our law enforcement fleets – but they definitely provide an interesting option. eBikes don’t just provide more speed and a silent mode of transportation – the cost reduction and health benefits are added attributes that don’t detract from the police forces’ performance needs.

“Since our launch in 2009, ESN has been very interested in the transportation electrification industry,” said Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of ESN. “eBikes are a natural extension of this market with the potential both to enhance law enforcement and also radically change urban mobility.”

Recently, ESN and eCat gathered experts in battery technology, electric motors, bike design, and community policing and law enforcement to validate the benefits of incorporating eBikes into their police fleets. Law enforcement representatives included fleet managers and bike patrol officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Chicago Police Department, and the New York Police Department. eCat, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., brought their prototype eBikes for the law enforcement and technology experts to test ride and then gathered strategic feedback on a “purpose built” eBike, designed specifically for cops.

According to Patrick Malloy, co-founder of eCat, “This workshop proved to be an invaluable experience in blending advanced technology with the challenging performance and cost requirements of cops. The eBike product will be ‘purpose built’ to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement.”

Held at the Herron School of Art and Design on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, the law enforcement participants found eCat’s eBike technology could be well incorporated into their police fleets, and also contribute to statistically-proven reduction in crime due to increased presence and visibility. The participants viewed the eBike technology as an opportunity to bridge the gap between foot patrol, standard mountain bike patrol, and squad cars.

“The eCat and ESN team provided a great forum for us to communicate the real needs of cops. We are very excited to use a new product like this to enhance our policing in local communities.” Lt. Mike McClary, Indianapolis Metro Police Department.

According to Alec Proudfoot, formerly with Google’s RechargeIT electric transportation initiative, “eCat has a remarkable opportunity to provide a tailor-made two-wheeled solution that solves multiple issues at once: reduced crime, lower costs, and reduced emissions.”

After the workshop, the three police departments committed to continue working with ESN to explore the feasibility of a pilot project that would demonstrate a number of different eBike solutions to consider integrating in their police fleets later this year.

For more information on Energy Systems Network and eCat, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com and http://e-catbike.com.


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RELEASE: Purdue President Mitch Daniels, Life Sciences Leader David Johnson Join ESN Board of Directors

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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:                Melissa Roberts, Energy Systems Network

Phone: 317.532.4808      Email: mroberts@cincorp.com

Raquel Bahamonde, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
Phone: 317.308.0064      Email: rbahamonde@cincorp.com

 

Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Life Sciences Leader David Johnson Join Energy Systems Network Board of Directors

 

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 14, 2013) Energy Systems Network (ESN), Indiana’s industry-driven clean technology initiative, elected two new members this week to its board of directors. Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor and president of Purdue University, and David Johnson, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and BioCrossroads, are the latest additions to ESN’s diverse board.

Daniels has over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He most recently finished two consecutive terms as Governor of the State of Indiana before becoming Purdue University’s President in early 2013. Previously, Daniels held roles in the administrations of both former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He also held senior level positions at Eli Lilly & Co. and the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank and public policy research organization.

 

“Our mission is to accelerate innovation in the new energy economy through public-private partnerships, and nobody has a deeper understanding of how to make these partnerships work than President Daniels,” said ESN Board Chairman Thomas Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College. “Moreover, Purdue University offers a unique pipeline of energy solutions which ESN can connect to the global marketplace.”

 

ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell added, “We are trying to build an energy ecosystem in Indiana that will generate jobs and investment, and we can learn a great deal from the person who made Indiana the nation’s best ‘sandbox’ for companies to grow.”

Johnson is a long-time business leader and Harvard educated lawyer, who was one of the original organizers of BioCrossroads in 2003, a CICP initiative that seeks to invest in and advance the state’s life sciences sector. In late 2012, Johnson was also named the new President and CEO of CICP, replacing Mark Miles, also a former ESN board member.

 

“David has been at the center of building Indiana’s life sciences sector into a national model,” Snyder said. “His experience and lessons learned will help ESN as we strive to establish a similar cluster in clean-tech.”

Both new board members were formally elected at ESN’s board meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 12, 2013. Since ESN’s launch in 2009, former President of Purdue University France Cordova and former CICP President and CEO Mark Miles held positions on the ESN board.

 

About Energy Systems Network:

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. It is a non-profit industry-driven economic organization focused on the development of the energy technology “clean-tech” sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members to bring new energy technologies to market. ESN partners include a wide range of Fortune 500 firms, emerging technology companies, and research and educational institutions with expertise in advanced technology vehicles, distributed power generation, advanced biofuels, renewable energy and energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.  

 

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Clay Terrace 'Plug-in Ecosystem' featured on New York Times 'Wheels' blog

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The Clay Terrace 'Plug-in Ecosystem' was recently featured on the New York Times 'Wheels' blog - a project in partnership with ESN, Simon Property Group, Duke Energy, Toshiba, ITOCHU Corporation, and Tom Wood Automotive Group.

To view the article, please visit the New York Times 'Wheels' blog.

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RELEASE: Simon Property Group unveils 'Plug-in Ecosystem' at Clay Terrace, a first-of-its-kind energy storage and vehicle chargi

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Simon Property Group unveils ‘Plug-in Ecosystem’ at Clay Terrace, a first-of-its-kind energy storage and vehicle charging system

Combination of traditional, fast charge charging stations, solar array and battery storage system provided through global collaboration led by Energy Systems Network

(CARMEL, Ind., January 30, 2013) Shoppers at Clay Terrace in Carmel, Ind. not only can choose from an exciting array of stores and restaurants, but now they also have the opportunity to minimize their carbon footprint. Simon Property Group, Toshiba Corporation, Duke Energy, ITOCHU Corporation, Tom Wood Automotive Group and Indiana’s ‘clean tech’ initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN) have teamed up to develop one of the most advanced charging stations in the world for plug-in cars, debuting today.

Clay Terrace’s new vehicle charging station is integrated with solar panels and a battery storage system, creating a ‘plug-in ecosystem’ which uses renewable energy and a battery system to store surplus power for evenings and cloudy days. 

Central Indiana was chosen as the first site for the cutting-edge charging station based on the partners’ mutual engagement with ESN and its Project Plug-IN campaign. Project Plug-IN, a plug-in electric vehicle and charging infrastructure deployment initiative launched in 2009, has been nationally recognized for positioning the Indianapolis region as one of the most electric vehicle-friendly sites in the country.

“Indiana is becoming known as an ideal location for companies and research institutions to collaborate, develop and test new clean technologies,” said Paul Mitchell, ESN’s President & CEO.  “It’s exciting that Hoosiers have the opportunity to get the first look at these innovative systems, but even more significant to Indiana’s economy is the fact that the clean tech sector recognizes our state as a place where innovation is embraced and validated.”

The ‘plug-in ecosystem’ contains both traditional and ‘quick charge’ charging stations that are connected to a 10-kilowatt roof-mounted solar panel. The solar energy can be stored in the Toshiba 75-kilowatt lithium ion battery, located next to the charging system.

According to Ryuji Maruyama, General Manager of Toshiba’s Smart Community Division, “Toshiba developed its end of the ‘Plug-in Ecosystem’ for North America by combining existing micro-EMS (energy management system) optimization control capabilities with our latest rechargeable battery technology. This system ensures the efficient management of load within the EV charging system.”

This system is unique as a ‘real-world’ demonstration of smart charging technologies rather than a test site. Its direct connection to the Duke Energy electrical grid, and its unique public location at a shopping mall allows customers to experience and learn about the technology firsthand. For Duke Energy, the installation provides a valuable model for how renewable energy can be aligned with advanced storage technologies to provide a practical power source.

“Innovations in grid energy storage can have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of renewable energy usage,” said Zachary Kuznar, Senior Project Manager, Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. “Because renewable energy sources like solar and wind are intermittent and less reliable, incorporating energy storage can make them much more stable.  This system at Clay Terrace allows us to even out the variable solar output, shift energy from off-peak to peak energy usage times and ‘buffer’ the grid from electric vehicle charging, which can use a substantial amount of energy, particularly with DC quick charging.”

“Simon Property Group already has a history of innovation in the real estate industry,” said George Caraghiaur, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Simon Property Group. “The majority of our shopping malls across the state are now equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, and we’re seeking to upgrade this infrastructure just like we work to enhance every aspect of our customers’ shopping experience.  We’re proud to play a role in perfecting this new technology and offering it to our customers.”

Customers may begin charging their plug-in vehicles today at the Clay Terrace system, which is located at the north end of the parking lot just north of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Currently the charging system is available to customers at no cost.

About Energy Systems Network and Project Plug-IN: Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana's "clean tech" sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. Project Plug-IN, one of ESN's initiatives, is a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. ESN and Project Plug-IN received U.S. Department of Energy grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) for the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com and www.projectplugin.com.

About Simon Property Group: Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) is an S&P 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in 329 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 243 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com or contact Les Morris at lmorris@simon.com.

About Toshiba Corporation: Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 companies, with 210,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of 6.1 trillion yen (US $74.4 billion).

About ITOCHU Corporation: With approximately 130 bases in 66 countries, ITOCHU, one of the leading sogo shosha, or general trading companies, is engaging in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, information and communications technology, realty, general products, insurance, logistics services, construction, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas.

About Duke Energy: Duke Energy is the largest electric power companies in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at www.duke-energy.com.

About Tom Wood Automotive Group: Tom Wood Automotive has been a fixture in Indianapolis since 1967. Still a family owned business, it has grown to 15 franchises with dealerships in three states.  Indianapolis, and Anderson in Indiana; Richfield and Bloomington in Minnesota, and Lexington, Kentucky. Their current franchises include: Toyota/Scion, Nissan, Volkswagen, Subaru, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover, Porsche, Audi, Ford, Lexus, Mitsubishi and Honda. The Tom Wood family of companies also includes the Tom Wood Collision Center, Tom Wood Rental, Quality Leasing, Premier Acceptance and Tom Wood Aviation.

Tom Wood Automotive has become a leader in the promotion of alternative fuel vehicles and offers fully electric, hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles. The company strives to serve its customers and community with "Honor, Integrity and Loyalty" as it has since 1967.

About Lauth: Since 1977, Lauth has been building facilities for clients to lease or own throughout the United States. Lauth’s years of solid experience, coupled with completed projects worth billions, make it a leading national development and construction firm. Lauth delivers virtually any kind of facility including healthcare, industrial, office, or retail nationwide. Additional Lauth information is available at http://www.lauth.net. People. Trust. Experience.

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RELEASE: Drivers begin 12-month pilot of vehicle and smart charging technologies

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Hoosiers ‘hit the road’ to help plug-in vehicles, homes and utilities communicate:


Drivers begin 12-month pilot of vehicle and smart charging technologies with Toyota, Duke Energy, Sumitomo Electric, Energy Systems Network


(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., January 16, 2013) A groundbreaking pilot project based in Central Indiana entered a new phase today as five Duke Energy customers received keys to new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid automobiles equipped with first of its kind communication technology. They’ll drive the cars for the next 12 months – but there’s more than a new vehicle at stake. Toyota Motor Company, Duke Energy, Sumitomo Electric, and the Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network (ESN) are collaborating to test new technologies and standards for how plug-in vehicles, home charging stations, utility companies and drivers can seamlessly communicate to maximize convenience and energy savings for the customer.


The pilot project uses advanced technologies to give customers the ability to achieve their own personal charging strategy automatically – for example, minimize electricity costs by communicating with the utility company to recharge during off-peak periods. ‘Home gateway’ systems developed by Sumitomo Electric and vehicle charging stations have been installed in each residence, and are integrated with the utility company allowing customers to adjust charging remotely by a tablet computer.


Toyota selected Central Indiana to test the new systems and standards, working with the Energy Systems Network, the clean technology initiative that has led Project Plug-IN, a campaign to deploy electric vehicles and charging stations in the region and position Indiana as a national leader in ‘Plug-in-readiness.’


At today’s kick-off event at the Tom Wood Toyota Collision Center in Indianapolis, the five Duke Energy customers received their vehicles. For 12 months, the drivers will be providing Toyota, Duke and its partners with diverse data that will allow them to refine the systems and perfect the customer experience. Tom Wood Automotive Group, a Project Plug-IN partner, will be providing maintenance and customer support for the drivers throughout the 12 month period through its Tom Wood Toyota division.


“As customers, we value the connectivity that comes with ‘smart’ technologies,” said Shigeki Sugiura, General Manager of Toyota Motor Corporation. “We can program our televisions with our phones, or adjust our thermostats from work so our homes are 68 degrees when we walk in the door. We’re bringing that same level of integration to plug-in vehicles, charging infrastructure and utilities, starting here in Greater Indianapolis.”


Paul Mitchell, ESN’s President & CEO, added that the pilot project once again puts Central Indiana on the cutting-edge of automotive innovation.


“The first mass-produced electric car, the GM EV1, was engineered in Indianapolis more than twenty years ago,” Mitchell noted. “Today, through the Project Plug-IN initiative and working with great partners like Toyota, Sumitomo, Duke Energy and many others, we remain at the forefront of making the ‘electric commute’ a practical reality for the American driver.”


The project aims to test and validate the effectiveness of communication standards developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to provide a simple and affordable intelligent communication protocol for efficient charging. The ultimate goal is seamless integration between vehicle, charging station and the utility.


“New systems and standards can make charging your vehicle as routine as setting your DVR,” added Kazuhiko Hayashi, General Manager of Sumitomo Electric. “But instead of recording every new episode of your favorite TV show, you’re telling your utility when and how you want your vehicle charged – as soon as you pull into the garage, your car becomes part of the home’s energy ecosystem.”


Toyota has provided a UL certified home charging station and a home gateway communication system for each customer’s home, allowing the vehicle and the smart charging equipment to communicate with each other to evaluate billing and power supply control. The pilot will employ the use of Homeplug Green PHY, a Power Line communication standard that is based on SAE technical standard J2931, and utilizes ISO/IEC standard which has been announced by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) as the European standard beginning in 2017. This method allows the sharing of data collected in a home network between the plug-in vehicle and the utility. Toyota Info Technology Center, U.S.A., Inc.; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. support this project as the suppliers of the communication systems and Level 2 charging stations respectively.


Each Duke Energy customer will use the vehicle communication system to monitor and manage their optimized charging using a mobile software application provided by Toyota for the pilot project. Data collected from the vehicles will be aggregated and maintained securely, protecting all personal information. Surveys will be administered in order to gather qualitative data on customer experience and behavior related to the pilot project.


Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of the clean technology sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. ESN member institutions provide industry
expertise across the energy spectrum, including Fortune 500 and global leaders collaborating on projects totaling nearly $1 billion in investment. Among several other initiatives, ESN and its partners developed Project Plug-IN – a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. It aims to develop, deploy, demonstrate, market and evaluate a range of plug-in vehicles powered by an integrated charging infrastructure located in homes, businesses and parking facilities. To date ESN has coordinated the deployment of more than 125 electric vehicles to public and private fleets as well as consumers and installed of nearly 200 charging stations across the Indianapolis region. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.


About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is the largest electric power companies in the United States with more than $97 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.


Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at www.duke-energy.com.


About Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries sold over 7.3 million cars, trucks and buses worldwide under the Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino brands in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. The company manufactures vehicles and parts in 26 countries and regions around the world and sells them in approximately 170 countries and locations. Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its U.S. investment is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. In an effort to develop the vehicles and technologies of the future, Toyota’s R&D is far reaching and includes investing more than $1 million an hour globally in areas such as vehicle safety, quality and sustainability. While Toyota remains committed to hybrids as the core of its environmental technology, their sustainable mobility strategy is far-reaching and incorporates products, partnerships, the urban environment and energy solutions. Toyota is slated to bring multiple plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles to market by 2012. Key elements of plug-in vehicle expertise at Toyota are housed in the advanced product strategy & product planning group at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. This group oversees the development of new concepts and strategies for future Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota Info Technology Center U.S.A., Inc. is a subsidiary of Toyota in Mountain View, California responsible for developing advanced technologies.


About Sumitomo Electric
Since its founding in 1897, the Sumitomo Electric Group has developed and delivered industry leading technologies and products through innovative R&D activities based on the prowess of its engineering and production capabilities in electric wires and power cables. The Sumitomo Electric Group provides superb products and services in five core business segments: Automotive, Information & Communications, Electronics, Electric Wire & Cable, Energy and Industrial Materials. Sumitomo Electric has manufacturing facilities and sales offices in Asia, North America, Europe and others.

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Central Indiana pilot project with Toyota, Duke Energy, ESN envisions common standard between plug-in cars, charging stations an

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Central Indiana pilot project with Toyota, Duke Energy, Energy Systems Network envisions common standard between plug-in cars, charging stations and utilities

Hoosier commuters will debut new technologies and practices to help cars, chargers, and utilities ‘speak the same language’

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 22, 2012) As plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) continue to gain consumer acceptance and market share, automotive companies, utilities and charging equipment providers are collaborating on common standards to seamlessly align vehicles, charging stations and the power grid.  Toyota Motor Corporation’s new pilot project in central Indiana will begin to answer the question of how best to manage plug-in vehicle charging based on integrated communication between the vehicle and the electric power grid, taking advantage of the region’s existing efforts deploying plug-in vehicles as part of the ‘Project Plug-IN’ initiative.

Toyota is partnering with Duke Energy and Energy Systems Network (ESN), the non-profit industry initiative that leads Project Plug-IN, for this effort. The pilot project will use advanced technologies to give customers the ability to achieve their own personal charging strategy automatically – for example, minimize electricity costs by communicating with the utility company to recharge during off-peak periods.

The project aims to test and validate the effectiveness of communication standards developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to provide a simple and affordable smart grid communication protocol between the vehicle, the charging station, and the utility company – to effectively manage vehicle charging. Additionally, the project plans to develop appropriate business processes and standards to most effectively manage charging to the benefit of the customer, utility and vehicle systems.

The pilot project will involve 5 Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles driven by Duke Energy customers living in the Indianapolis area. These customers will drive the cars regularly during the pilot period, which is expected to begin in early 2013 and last for at least 12 months.

“Through Project Plug-IN, the Indianapolis region has been a national leader in the deployment and monitoring of plug-in vehicles with typical consumers, gathering data and taking steps towards making the ‘electric commute’ a truly practical alternative for more Americans,” said ESN President & CEO Paul Mitchell.  “We’re pleased to extend this effort through the partnership with Toyota and Duke Energy, to help our vehicles, charging infrastructure and utilities speak the same language for the benefit of consumers.”

Toyota will provide a UL certified home charging station and a home gateway communication system to be installed in each customer’s home, allowing the vehicle and the ‘smart grid’ equipment to communicate with each other to evaluate billing and power supply control. Duke Energy will simulate price structures and demand response events to understand the impact to the customer’s bill and understand how these types of programs can aid in grid reliability as plug-ins become more prominent. The pilot will employ the use of Homeplug Green PHY, a Power Line communication standard that is based on SAE technical standard J2931, and utilizes ISO/IEC standard which has been announced by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) as the European standard beginning in 2017. This method allows the sharing of data collected in a home network between the plug-in vehicle and the utility. Toyota Info Technology Center, U.S.A., Inc.; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. support this project as the suppliers of the Level 2 EVSE and communication systems.

Toyota hopes to gain technological insight to perfect future vehicle iterations for its customers as well as for the overall advancement of the plug-in vehicle industry. “Smart charging through two-way communication with utilities will not only be a benefit to the customers, but is crucial for the promotion of transportation electrification,” said Edward J. Mantey, VP, Vehicle Planning & Corporate Strategy, Toyota Technical Center.

Each Duke Energy customer will use the vehicle communication system to monitor and manage their optimized charging using a mobile software application provided by Toyota for the pilot project. Data collected from the vehicles and EVSEs will be aggregated and maintained securely, protecting all personal information. Surveys will be administered in order to gather qualitative data on customer experience and behavior related to the pilot project.

 “These pilots are key to understanding what electric vehicle owners expect from their charging experience which assists Duke Energy in maintaining overall grid reliability while minimizing costs for all customers,” said David Mohler, VP, Emerging Technologies for Duke Energy. “Standardized communications between vehicle, charging infrastructure and utility is critical to advancing the plug-in vehicle industry and we are excited about being a partner in this project.”

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of the clean technology sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. ESN member institutions provide industry expertise across the energy spectrum, including Fortune 500 and global leaders collaborating on projects totaling nearly $1 billion in investment. Among several other initiatives, ESN and its partners developed Project Plug-IN – a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. It aims to develop, deploy, demonstrate, market and evaluate a range of plug-in vehicles powered by an integrated charging infrastructure located in homes, businesses and parking facilities. To date ESN has coordinated the deployment of more than 125 electric vehicles to public and private fleets as well as consumers and installed of nearly 200 charging stations across the Indianapolis region. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power companies in the United States with more than $97 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at www.duke-energy.com.

About Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries sold over 7.3 million cars, trucks and buses worldwide under the Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino brands in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. The company manufactures vehicles and parts in 26 countries and regions around the world and sells them in approximately 170 countries and locations. Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its U.S. investment is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. In an effort to develop the vehicles and technologies of the future, Toyota’s R&D is far reaching and includes investing more than $1 million an hour globally in areas such as vehicle safety, quality and sustainability. While Toyota remains committed to hybrids as the core of its environmental technology, their sustainable mobility strategy is far-reaching and incorporates products, partnerships, the urban environment and energy solutions. Toyota is slated to bring multiple plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles to market by 2012. Key elements of plug-in vehicle expertise at Toyota are housed in the advanced product strategy & product planning group at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. This group oversees the development of new concepts and strategies for future Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota Info Technology Center U.S.A., Inc. is a subsidiary of Toyota in Mountain View, California responsible for developing advanced technologies.

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Skillman, Bucshon join Energy Systems Network and other officials to break ground on Battery Innovation Center in Greene County

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Skillman, Bucshon join Energy Systems Network and other officials to break ground on Battery Innovation Center in Greene County

32,000 square foot R&D facility will leverage nearby Crane Naval Center, other partners to make Indiana a leader in advanced battery technologies

(CRANE, Ind., August 20, 2012) Today, Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane), officials from Greene County, the RADIUS Indiana regional economic organization and others joined representatives of the Energy Systems Network (ESN) to break ground on the new $14 million Battery Innovation Center facility at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park. The 32,000 square foot facility will serve as the physical hub for a network of industry and research partners focused on making Indiana a leader in developing, commercializing and validating cutting-edge battery technologies. 

ESN, the state’s clean technology initiative, has worked with a range of industry partners and academic intuitions as well as NSWC Crane to establish the Battery Innovation Center (the ‘BIC’) to meet the research and development, rapid prototyping and contract manufacturing needs of industry, academic and military customers.  The partnership between Crane, a major federal research lab and the Defense Department’s center of excellence for energy storage, and the state’s other research institutions and industry players vaults Indiana into a leadership position in the competition for new business opportunities from the growing advanced battery market. 

The new BIC, designed by American Structurepoint and to be built by Keystone Construction Corporation in Indianapolis, will be constructed in the WestGate section close to the new I-69 interchange that will open later in 2012.

“The push to make electric vehicles a realistic option for more drivers, the implementation of a smarter electric grid, the demand for more powerful electronics throughout our homes, offices and factories – all of these trends and more have kindled a growing demand for high-tech batteries,” said ESN President & CEO Paul Mitchell.  “We believe the BIC can position Indiana as a ‘Silicon Valley’ for battery innovation, testing and production – with the epicenter right here in Greene County.”

“The advanced battery sector is an area where Indiana’s manufacturing heritage dovetails perfectly with the innovative efforts of our research institutions and the presence of the Crane base,” added Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, who oversees the state’s Office of Energy Development. “Thanks to the BIC public-private partnership and Indiana’s business friendly climate, high-tech batteries will be engineered and built here in southern Indiana.”

“Crane, as the military’s largest research center dedicated to next generation energy innovation, can be a magnet for new jobs and investment for southwestern Indiana, and the efforts of the Battery Innovation Center will help maximize this great resource that we’re fortunate to have in our region,” said Congressman Larry Bucshon. “At the same time, working with the BIC will also help Crane access a wider array of resources, and better perform its mission of supplying our soldiers in the field with the energy solutions they need.  This is a winning partnership for all.”

Last month, the Greene County Council unanimously approved $15.6 million in economic development bonds to support the construction of the BIC facility. As Council President, W. Edward Cullison explained, “This is a big commitment by the County but, given the strong interest of NSWC Crane in the project, Crane’s vital role as an economic engine in Greene County, the substantial financial commitments the State is making, and the tremendous potential to attract private sector jobs, the Council felt that the County had to step up and do its part to support the project.” Financing was finalized last week, making today’s groundbreaking possible.

“Greene County sees the Battery Innovation Center as a great catalyst for economic development in our region,” said Greene County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Joan Bethell. “Of course, we welcome the creation of over 30 jobs and significantly more technicians and professionals utilizing the facility, but we’re confident that this is only the beginning. Looking towards the future, we believe the BIC will make the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park and the surrounding area a premier destination for clean technology ventures and companies in the battery supply chain to locate and grow.”   

Construction of the Battery Innovation Center will be complete at a time when “strategic access to the WestGate tech park will have dramatically increased with the opening of the new I-69,” said Kent Parisien, president of the WestGate Authority. “That, coupled with the new academic and training facilities in the WestGate Academy, will present a whole spectrum of new opportunities for collaborative growth.”

The facility design provides all the necessary equipment to allow teams to design, fabricate, package and test complex new energy storage systems and the control/safety systems that support their operation. Once completed, the facility will include a 1,800+ square foot state of the art dry/clean room for lithium ion battery prototype manufacturing; a variety of temperature, humidity and altitude chambers for cell testing; and computer architecture and systems required to support initial cell designs, modeling and simulation, among other advanced equipment.

“The lab will take on a wide variety of cell design and development efforts, harnessing a network of world-class minds and resources to help our partners create the next generation of energy storage solutions,” said BIC President Chuck LaSota. “It will be one of the most advanced testing and prototyping labs in the world.  Combined with our members’ R&D capacity, the BIC will be uniquely positioned at the forefront of efforts to expand the range of electric vehicles, supply our military with reliable power in the field, and give homeowners access to a smarter electric grid.”

While waiting for the WestGate facility to come on-line, BIC leadership will continue to raise funds, recruit partners, and use this virtual network to conduct due diligence on several initial projects.  BIC’s access to its partners' research assets – including NSWC Crane – will greatly advance the work that will ultimately be undertaken by the new BIC facility.

“We plan to aggressively support both the development of the Battery Innovation Center and the development of a new long-term energy cluster in the region,” said R.J. Reynolds, president and CEO of Radius Indiana, an eight-county regional partnership that includes the WestGate tech park and the $2 billion NSWC Crane NAVSEA facility. “We expect this center to have a global impact on energy-related technology development, which likely will be very attractive to Fortune 100-level companies engaged in this cluster.”

For the past 18 months, ESN has coordinated efforts with NSWC Crane, RADIUS Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to develop a detailed business plan and assess potential demand and support for the Center. Dozens of organizations also provided input into the development process, many of which are prospective member institutions of the BIC, such as Cummins, Delphi, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Purdue University.

For more information about the Battery Innovation Center, visit www.bicindiana.com.

About Energy Systems Network: Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana's "clean tech" sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.

About Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane: NSWC Crane is a Naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Special Mission, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare/Information Operations. The Warfare Center's research and development efforts support the Warfighter by providing capabilities and resources to advance technologies for the military.

About Greene County Economic Development Corporation: The Greene County Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to foster an environment that will create jobs, increase the tax base and improve the quality of life for Greene County residents. For information on additional properties, contact Joan Bethell at Greene County Economic Development Corporation at (812) 847-4500 or jbethell@gcedc.us. For more information about Greene County economic development opportunities, please visit www.gcedc.us.

About the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park: Designated a state Certified Technology Park (CTP) by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) in 2005, the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park represents a natural marketplace for defense contractors currently providing technical support, and research and development services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division and other technology applications, including energy development in southern Indiana. Operations of the $2 billion URS corporation, and SAIC, the nation’s 7th largest defense contractor, in addition to ITT/Exelis, CACI, CSC, CTC, CLEC, MLE, Raydar & Associates, Novonics, NAVMAR, Stimulus Engineering and Technology Service Corporation (TSC), already maintain operations in the park. The new WestGate Academy also offers incubation space and support for technology entrepreneurs and those interested in the transfer of approved technology from NSWC Crane. For more information, please visit www.westgatecrane.com.

About Radius Indiana: Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana is a regional partnership representing eight counties in south central Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington. The partnership also serves as a primary point of contact in Indiana for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. The partnership’s mission is to advance the economy of the South Central Indiana Region by: generating high-quality employment opportunities; diversifying the region’s economic base; and raising the standard of living for residents of the Region. To accomplish the mission of Radius Indiana, the partnership works diligently to develop and support the customized resources businesses need to successfully locate or expand in the South Central Indiana Region. The vision of Radius Indiana is to create a dynamic network of private and public partnerships that works together for the benefit of all. For more information, please visit www.radiusindiana.com.

 

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Energy Systems Network, Indiana Economic Development Corporation host Georgian delegation on agricultural, energy, workforce iss

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Energy Systems Network, Indiana Economic Development Corporation host Georgian delegation on agricultural, energy, workforce issues


Delegation meets with Governor Daniels, Secretary of Commerce Hasler, Indiana corporate and higher education leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership


(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 13, 2012) A delegation of business, academic and public policy experts from Georgia has concluded a week-long visit to Indiana, marked by meetings with Governor Mitch Daniels, Secretary of Commerce Dan Hasler and a host of higher education and corporate leaders to explore future business opportunities and partnerships between the Hoosier State and the Eastern European republic. The Georgian group was organized by Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian businessmen and philanthropist. The delegation was hosted here by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Energy Systems Network (ESN), an Indiana-based industry initiative focused on clean technology development.


In addition to Daniels and Hasler, the group met with top officials at Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College, and leading Indiana companies focused in advanced manufacturing, energy technologies, and agriculture as well as local economic development leaders. While exploring a range of partnership opportunities with Indiana organizations, the group focused primarily on agriculture, workforce and education issues, the state’s public policy environment and the business landscape for the commercialization and production of advanced energy technologies.


“When you look at Indiana’s export and foreign investment trends, it’s clear that a growing share of our state’s economy relies on international partnerships,” said Secretary of Commerce Hasler. “We embrace this chance to welcome and begin a productive dialogue with our friends from Georgia, and we look forward to many opportunities to work together in the future as partners.”


Paul Mitchell, President & CEO of delegation co-host Energy Systems Network, agreed that the globalization of Indiana’s economy made networking and collaboration with officials from trading partners like Georgia all the more important.


“We founded ESN as an Indiana initiative, while recognizing that the clean energy sector is truly global - that we must tap into expertise and alliances that span state and national borders to seize market opportunities,” said Mitchell, whose Board of Directors includes international companies like ITOCHU Corporation and Toshiba. “So we see working with groups with similar ambitions from other nations as a key part of our mission, and we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to share and learn from our colleagues from Georgia.”


The Georgian delegation – Revaz Gigilashvili, Tengiz Shergelashvili, Dr. Paata Tushurashvili and Maya Tskitishvili – was similarly pleased with the outcome of the visit and optimistic about future partnerships.


“With energy production and exports such a critical segment of Georgia’s economy, it’s important to connect with areas that are working to innovate and move forward in the energy sector,” noted Bidzina Ivanishvili. “Our interest in agriculture and supporting a skilled workforce is also very similar to Indiana’s – there is much we can continue to learn from one another, and we are confident that this trip marks only a first step.”


About Energy Systems Network: The Energy Systems Network (ESN) an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. It is a non-profit industry-driven economic organization focused on the development of the energy technology “cleantech” sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members to bring new energy technologies to market. ESN partners include a wide range of Fortune 500 firms, emerging technology companies, and research and educational institutions with expertise in advanced technology vehicles, distributed power generation, advanced biofuels, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.


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Energy Systems Network and Paul Mitchell, President & CEO, featured in Global Corporate Xpansion Magazine

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Paul Mitchell, ESN President & CEO, was recently interviewed for an article titled 'Innovations Reviving Manufacturing' by Global Corporate Xpansion magazine (Summer 2012). The article, written by Rachel Duran, discusses how companies can achieve future goals by collaborating with other organizations in the community for mutual benefit.

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RELEASE: Town of Fishers, Duke Energy, and Project Plug-IN Partner to Provide EV Charging Stations

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RELEASE from Town of Fishers, June 8, 2012:

FISHERS, Ind (June 8, 2012) Do you own an electric car? Thinking about buying one? The Town of Fishers, in partnership with Duke Energy, recently installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Located in the Municipal Complex in front of the Fishers Train Station, each 240-volt Level 2 charging station can fully charge an electric vehicle in four to six hours, at no cost to Fishers residents.

These charging stations were installed by Duke Energy as part of Energy Systems Network's (ESN) Project Plug-IN initiative at no cost to the town or its residents. The equipment was provided by the initiative, which received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development to expand charging infrastructure. These units are part of a two-year pilot program in which Duke Energy will own, operate, maintain and monitor them. At the end of the two years, Duke Energy will transfer ownership to the Town of Fishers.

"We want to study the charging habits of plug-in electric vehicle drivers to better understand how these vehicles will integrate into the power grid," said Mark LaBarr, north central district manager for Duke Energy Indiana. "Knowing what amount of charging occurs during peak demand times and what electric vehicle owners expect from their charging experience will help us maintain overall reliability while minimizing costs for all customers."

"By adding electric vehicle charging stations, we are providing a resource for residents with plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to charge while they are out and about in the Town," said Fishers Town Council Member Renee Cox. "We are continuously striving to improve the sustainability of the Town, and installing electric vehicle charging stations is one step towards that goal."

For more information on this program, please visit www.duke-energy.com/plugin/ProjectPlugin.asp.





 

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Project Plug-IN launches first two electric vehicle ‘quick charging’ stations in Indianapolis region

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(GREENWOOD, Ind., May 25, 2012) Plug-in vehicle (PEV) owners now have more options to recharge their vehicles when in the Plainfield and Greenwood areas. The Indiana-based Energy Systems Network’s (ESN) Project Plug-IN initiative and its partners unveiled two Level 3 “quick chargers” at two Wal-Mart locations in these communities yesterday. 

ESN partnered with Murphy USA and Eaton Corporation to install these quick charging stations, making them the first in the Indianapolis region. Eaton’s DC Level 3 Quick Chargers provide dramatically faster charging time for PEVs – as short as 10-30 minutes. This results in a more convenient way for PEV owners to recharge and get back on the road, while also reducing “range anxiety.” 

“There are now hundreds of plug-in vehicles throughout the state, and the addition of quick charging allows customers to fully recharge cars while they take a break to shop and dine,” said ESN President & CEO Paul Mitchell. “It’s exciting to see leading global retailers offering this advanced new technology to their customers.” 

Angelos Lambis, Vice President of Murphy USA, reiterated the importance of pursuing the deployment of this technology. “Murphy USA will use this electric vehicle charging station, along with its sister electric vehicle charging station in Plainfield, to help us better understand this new potential market segment,” Lambis said. “I am excited to introduce Indiana’s first retail deployment of the ‘quick charge’ Level 3 charger. It’s another important step towards understanding just how influential this equipment is likely to be and the feasibility of taking it to scale.” 

Eaton Corporation emphasized its focus on creating innovative and affordable technology to assist its customers in reducing their impact on the environment, as well as the need to continue pursuing a strategy for public infrastructure deployment. “For plug-ins to be adopted widely across the country, it’s important that customers have a sense of confidence that there’s an infrastructure behind them that will allow them to charge wherever they are,” said Tom Schafer, Vice President of Eaton Corporation. 

“Collaboration with companies like Murphy is important in establishing that confidence and building that initial infrastructure.” 

The charging stations are located at the Murphy USA stations at 1235 N. Emerson Avenue in Greenwood and 2375 E. Main Street in Plainfield, and are free of charge for plug-in vehicle drivers for a limited time. 

About Energy Systems Network and Project Plug-IN: Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana's "clean tech" sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. Project Plug-IN, one of ESN's initiatives, is a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. ESN and Project Plug-IN received U.S. Department of Energy grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) for the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com and www.projectplugin.com. 

 

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Energy Systems Network Launches Battery Innovation Center in Southern Indiana

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Energy Systems Network launches Battery Innovation Center in Southern Indiana

Energy storage technology initiative includes a multi-million dollar research/prototyping facility adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane


(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 24, 2012) The global market for advanced batteries is nearly $50 billion, with economists predicting double-digit annual growth over the next decade, driven by increasing adoption of electric vehicles, the implementation of smart electric grid technologies, and other applications for flexible energy storage. To take advantage of the demand for rapid commercialization in this high-tech sector, the Indiana-based Energy Systems Network (ESN) and several partners have established the Battery Innovation Center (BIC), a new non-profit initiative that will link battery manufacturers, government agencies and research labs, academia, and Fortune 500 companies together to accelerate the battery market.

The BIC will leverage Indiana’s public and private sector assets in advanced battery technologies, creating a center of excellence that will provide testing and validation services to industry, product development and technology support for Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies, and assist universities with research and development for prototyping. New battery innovations will be brought to market as participating companies and institutions collaborate to advance battery technologies from discovery to production.

The BIC will involve a 40,000 square foot multi-million dollar facility at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park, in Greene County. The site is adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane), the Department of Defense center of excellence in battery development and power electronics. The Greene County Council yesterday approved $15.6 million in economic development bonds to support the construction of the facility.

While this facility will serve as the physical “hub” for the BIC’s activities, it will also leverage virtual connections to its many partners’ research facilities and resources across the State and beyond. While waiting for the WestGate facility to come on-line, BIC leadership will continue to raise funds, recruit partners, and use this virtual network to conduct some early project selection. BIC’s access to its partners' research assets – including NSWC Crane – will greatly advance the work that will ultimately be undertaken by the new BIC facility.

“With NSWC Crane as the Department of Defense’s largest collection of resources dedicated to Electrochemical Power Sources, developing next generation energy storage solutions is critically important to our mission as energy and power requirements on the battlefield continue to grow at near exponential rates,” said Kyle Werner, Deputy Department Director for Applied Science & Demand Management at NSWC Crane. “NSWC Crane’s technical mission in Energy & Power Sources is continuing to grow and requires innovative capabilities. In order to efficiently execute our technical mission, it is imperative that we collaborate and partner with other government, academia and industry partners. To this end, we are very interested in collaborating with the Battery Innovation Center to maximize the potential of providing battery innovation to our Warfighters in accordance with our assigned technical mission.”

The leadership structure for the BIC is already being assembled. Charles LaSota has been selected as the President of both nonprofit entities. With 35 years’ experience in the US Navy, LaSota most recently served as the 25th Commanding Officer of NSWC Crane. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, Masters’ degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“ESN is glad to have incubated the Battery Innovation Center into an initiative that can leverage Indiana’s assets in battery innovation and position the state as the epicenter of advanced battery testing and development going forward,” said Paul Mitchell, President & CEO of Energy Systems Network and Chairman of the Battery Innovation Center board. “With his military service background and leadership experience, I can’t think of anyone better suited to lead this initiative than Charles.”

LaSota is optimistic about the BIC’s potential to advance the industry while bringing new business opportunities to Indiana. “From my tenure at Crane, I know first-hand the demand for these types of services – as a military installation, we often lacked the resources needed to manage the volume of requests from industry for “technology transfer assistance” while executing our primary mission, providing our military with cutting edge military technology. The BIC can serve public and private customers with a truly world-class array of research, development and production assets.”

For the past 18 months, ESN has coordinated efforts with NSWC Crane, RADIUS Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to develop a detailed business plan and assess potential demand and support for the Center. Dozens of organizations also provided input into the development process, many of which are prospective member institutions of the BIC, such as Cummins, Delphi, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Purdue University.

“Having such a massive, world-class center of innovation like Crane has always been an economic draw for our region,” added Ken Sendelweck, Board Chairman of RADIUS Indiana, a multi-county economic development organization in southern Indiana. “The BIC will allow us to reach beyond our geography and truly maximize the assets we have at hand. We’re optimistic that this partnership has the potential to make our region a ‘Silicon Valley’ for advanced batteries, and be a magnet for new business opportunities.”

Keystone Group has been selected as the developer for the project. “The high-tech nature of this facility makes it an intriguing project to be a part of, and we are excited to have been selected,” said Keystone Vice President of Business Development Paul Okeson. Construction is expected to begin this spring and the facility is expected to be completed by 2013.

For more information about the Battery Innovation Center, visit www.bicindiana.com.

About Energy Systems Network: Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana's "clean tech" sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.
 

About Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane: NSWC Crane is a Naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Special Mission, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare/Information Operations. The Warfare Center's research and development efforts support the Warfighter by providing capabilities and resources to advance technologies for the military.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts 2nd annual EV Rally on May 12th

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2012 EV Rally Information Sheet and Registration Form

 

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Event: Hamilton Town Center Unveiling of New Charging Stations

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RELEASE: Lafayette Installs Green Technology with Duke Energy, ESN's Project Plug-IN

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Photo: Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski at site of two new EV charging stations in Lafayette Parking Garage, along with new LED lighting.

Photo courtesy of Duke Energy

 

April 9, 2012

News Release


LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The city of Lafayette hosted a news conference Monday, April 9, in the Lafayette Parking Garage, 18 N. Fifth St., to showcase the garage’s new LED lighting and two recently installed electric vehicle charging stations.

“The LED lighting and these charging stations are two more environmentally sound steps the city of Lafayette is taking as we continue to lead and model green initiatives,” Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said.

In all, the city is installing 148 new light fixtures. LED fixtures are replacing 23 fluorescent exit signs and 93 pendulum, 24 pole-mounted and six wall-pack metal halide lighting fixtures. Also, two 8-foot, 2-lamp T12 fixtures with be replaced with four 2-lamp T8 fixtures.

The expense for the replacement fixtures was $121,438, fully funded by an Energy Efficiency Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The city expects its annual cost savings on electricity to be about $4,000 with the LED lighting.

A Chevrolet Volt, brought to the garage by representatives of Lafayette’s DeFouw Chevrolet and BMW Inc., was used to demonstrate the new charging stations.

“Lafayette is the first municipality in the Duke Energy Project Plug-IN program to receive charging stations,” said Kevin Johnston, Duke Energy Indiana northwest Indiana district manager.

Duke Energy has also installed 43 residential charging stations, another 10 at Indiana state parks and two workplace charging locations.

“As part of Project Plug-IN, we will continue to install residential units as customers purchase electric vehicles,” Johnston said. “We are also in the process of installing additional public charging units in other Indiana cities as well as several retail locations.”

John Christodoulakis, owner of Lafayette’s Red Seven restaurant and a member of the Lafayette Parking Commission, gave the garage improvements a thumbs-up.

“As more electric vehicles come on the market, it’s important to downtown businesses that there be public charging stations available,” he said. “The installation of these stations reflects our city’s foresight and interest, too, in environmentally sound practices. As the hub of Lafayette’s dining and night life, downtown will be well served by the addition of these charging stations.”

The two Siemens level 2 charging stations are part of a two-year pilot program by Duke Energy, which owns them and will operate and monitor them. The program’s purpose is to demonstrate a commercial-scale station and evaluate load profiles, grid impacts and equipment function.

There was no cost to the city for the stations or installation, and at the end of the two years, Duke Energy will give the stations to the city.

The stations, located near the interior stair wells on the first and second floors, can each accommodate one car at a time.

Equipment was provided through Energy Systems Network’s Project Plug-IN initiative, which received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development to expand charging infrastructure.

“By studying customers’ charging habits, we will better understand how personal electric vehicles will integrate into the grid,” Johnston said. “Knowing what amount of charging occurs during peak demand times and what electric vehicle owners expect from their charging experience will help us maintain overall reliability while minimizing costs for all customers.

“Our mission is to provide affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy to our customers,” Johnston said. “We are pleased to partner with Project Plug-IN as we work to understand electric vehicles and their impact to the power grid, which is a critical part of achieving that goal.”

Dennis Carson, director of the city’s Economic Development Department, said, “The city of Lafayette is always eager to consider and implement green initiatives. This pilot program is especially appealing because it places charging stations in a public venue.”

Built in 1997, the three-story Lafayette Parking Garage has 480 parking spaces.
Customers interested in purchasing an electric vehicle can learn more about Duke Energy’s pilot program at www.duke-energy.com/plugin/ProjectPlugin.asp.

Besides a long-running recycling program, other green initiatives by the city include the LEED-certified renovation of the building at 515 Columbia St., which houses the city’s Economic Development Department. A portion of that building also has a green roof.

Source: City of Lafayette



 

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RELEASE: NIPSCO Unveils Electric Vehicle Program

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This press release can be viewed on Inside Indiana Business website here.


April 5, 2012

News Release

Merrillville, Ind. -- In a new effort to spur economic development through the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has launched the IN-Charge Electric Vehicle Program, offering incentives to customers for installing an in-home charging station. This pilot program is designed to accelerate the adoption of electric cars by reducing the cost and complexity of home charging.

The IN-Charge Program is available to current NIPSCO electric utility customers who own or plan to purchase an electric vehicle. Participants will receive an instant credit of up to $1,650 toward the installation of a residential electric vehicle Level 2 charger, and free charging between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily.

“The IN-Charge Program makes it more cost effective and convenient for prospective electric car buyers to install a home charger,” said Karl Stanley, vice president of commercial operations for NIPSCO. “Our investment in this program is part of our overall commitment to sustainability and developing a larger charging network in the region.”

South Shore Clean Cities’ Executive Director, Carl Lisek, added, “South Shore Clean Cities and our partners are fully committed to this effort of home charging stations with NIPSCO and believe the program will help promote the existing electric vehicle business that has developed within the state of Indiana, improve local air quality and help reduce reliance on imported oil.”

NIPSCO has partnered with 350Green, a developer of EV charging station networks, to administer the program. For more information and to begin enrollment, visit NIPSCO.com/INCharge.

The program is effective through January 31, 2015 or until funds are exhausted.

As part of the pilot, NIPSCO and 350Green are also conducting a market study to gain additional information regarding EV adoption potential within NIPSCO’s service territory and to assist with the development of future offerings. A second phase of the pilot program will be proposed within the next year, based on the results of the market study.

“A combination of home and public charging stations will help accelerate the adoption of electric cars in the region,” said Mariana Gerzanych, co-founder and CEO of 350Green. “With convenient charging at home and easy access to chargers in public places, EV owners can drive with confidence, knowing that a charge is right around the corner.”

This program is being offered as part of a Supplemental Environmental Project under the NIPSCO New Source Review NOV settlement.

About 350Green

Headquartered in Los Angeles, 350Green is a project developer that designs, builds and operates a scalable, nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The company partners with retailers, commercial property managers and developers, and municipalities to locate charging stations at places near where EV drivers live and work. Current projects are under way in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, California and New York. The company has signed partnerships with Walgreens and Simon Property Group, among others. More information is available at www.350green.com.

NIPSCO, with headquarters in Merrillville, Ind., is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). With more than 786,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state.

NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at www.nipsco.com.

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NEWS RELEASE: Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Visit Indianapolis Today

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March 4, 2012

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (March 2, 2012) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced in September 2011 that the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI was selected to receive a $1.3 million Department of Energy award to train undergraduate‐ and graduate‐level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency. The award will help the university provide practical training on energy management concepts through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)Program. IUPUI is the only university in Indiana selected to receive this award. This is the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s first visit to campus to meet with program leaders and students.

Who:  
United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

What:  
Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be visiting the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI to meet with the School’s leaders, tour labs and facilities, speak with members of the media and conduct a town hall meeting with students, faculty and industry.

When:  
Monday, March 5, 2012 
  
Where:
Indiana University‐Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
        
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Originally Posted September 13, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (September 13, 2011) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI has been selected to receive a $1.3 million Department of Energy award to train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts. The award will help the university provide practical training on core energy management concepts through the DOE’s Industrial Assessment Center Program. IUPUI is the only university in Indiana selected to receive this award.

“This industrial efficiency training program opens the door to good jobs in a growing, global sector for thousands of energy-savvy students while promoting real, boots-on-the-ground progress toward our transition to a clean energy economy,” said Secretary Chu. “The Centers will provide a boost to the nextgeneration of American workers as well as to the businesses with which they work.”

Through these university-based Industrial Assessment Centers, engineering students will receive extensive training in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures and energy management principles, which will be put to use working directly with small and medium-sized industrial and manufacturing facilities in the surrounding communities. Under the program, the School of Engineering and Technology will train at least 10 to 15 students per year, conduct approximately 20 energy assessments annually and perform extensive follow-on reporting, tracking, implementation, and management-improvement activities.

“The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is making significant investments in energy engineering education and research,” said Dr. David J. Russomanno,Dean of the School. “Our new B.S. degree in energy engineering, recent additions of experienced faculty members and our Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy are investments that will enable us to significantly contribute to the goals of the DOE’s Industrial Assessment Center program.”

The School will be utilizing the resources of its energy engineering experts and the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy to form industry partnerships in the Indianapolis community. These partnerships will lead to increased research and scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students.

About the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy:
The Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy was established to address the urgent societal needs for clean, affordable and renewable energy sources, improve the nation’s energy security and reduce the negative impacts of climate change. Its primary mission is to promote research excellence in the area of renewable energy through collaborative efforts among faculty in the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, public policy and environmental affairs. It will promote renewable energy applications through teaching, learning, civic engagement and synergistic partnerships with industry, government labs and local communities. Visit http://www.engr.iupui.edu/research/lugar/ to find out more.

About the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:
The mission of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school’s goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society. For additional information on the School of Engineering & Technology, go to http://www.engr.iupui.edu.

Source: IUPUI School of Engineering & Technology
 

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Energy Systems Network partners with Indy Park Ride & Fly to install GE DuraStation Electric Vehicle Charger

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Contact: Chris Watts, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership/Energy Systems Network

   Phone:  317.464-2237 or 317.514-3184 (mobile)  E-mail:  cwatts@cincorp.com

   Melissa Roberts, Energy Systems Network

   Phone: 317.532.4808                                         E-mail: mroberts@cincorp.com

Energy Systems Network partners with Indy Park Ride & Fly to install GE DuraStation* Electric Vehicle Charger

Site becomes the latest addition to Project Plug-IN initiative’s charging infrastructure movement

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 1, 2012) Through a partnership with the central Indiana clean technology initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN), Indy Park Ride and Fly has made it easier for drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) to charge while they park at their facility after the installation of a GE DuraStation double pedestal EV Charger.

EV owners who are traveling out of the Indianapolis International Airport may now take advantage of complimentary charging for both valet and self-parking. The GE DuraStation is a fast, easy-to-use, compact electric vehicle charging solution with Level 2 capability for faster charging time compared to standard plug-in charging. It delivers a full-cycle charge to a 24kWh battery in only 4-8 hours, whereas plugging an EV into a standard electrical outlet would require 12-18 hours to provide the same level of charge. The EV charger has the capability to charge two EVs simultaneously.

“We are excited to be taking a progressive step in our sustainability practices by helping provide services for electric vehicle owners,” said Amy Jones, General Manager of Indy Park Ride & Fly. “Our mission is to minimize frustration for our customers in all aspects of their parking experience. Providing these charging stations is one more way we can provide a hassle-free experience.”

The funding for the charging stations was provided by ESN’s Project Plug-IN initiative, which was awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) to expand charging infrastructure. To date, Project Plug-IN and its partners have deployed over 125 electric vehicles in the Indianapolis Region and nearly 200 charging stations in homes, businesses and parking facilities.

“Indy Park Ride & Fly is a great advocate for Project Plug-IN’s efforts to make Indianapolis the most EV-friendly community in the nation,” said Paul Mitchell, President & CEO of Energy Systems Network. “By continuing to add publicly available charging infrastructure at a variety of businesses and parking facilities, we can also reduce some of the perceived barriers to EV ownership.”

The GE DuraStation is located at 3875 Plainfield Road in Indianapolis, approximately 1.5 miles from the Indianapolis International Airport. No reservations are required – visit www.indyparkrideandfly.com for rates, directions and information.

* Trademark of General Electric Company

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About Indy Park Ride & Fly:

Indy Park Ride and Fly has serviced the Indianapolis International Airport since 1997. We have parked more than 2 million vehicles and offer both Full Service Valet and Self Park options. We provided 24-hour on demand continuous shuttle service to and from the airport, and no additional time is required to use our facility. Vehicles parked in our fully secured lot are patrolled 24/7. Customers can take advantage of our in-house car care service center where we provide washes, detailing and oil changes. Business travelers enjoy the benefits of our "FAST PASS PROGRAM,” Indy Biz Xpress (www.indybizxpress.com). It adds value and convenience to your parking experience. Features of the program include guaranteed parking year-round, preferred parking rates, rewards towards free parking, and "express" check-out privileges.

NEW - We have recently installed canopies to cover our pick up and drop off areas for our Valet Customers. Go from your car to our shuttle bus in a totally covered environment! In an effort to improve our "green" technology, alongside the electric charging station we have converted our parking lot lighting to meet sustainability standards. Visit our website at www.indyparkrideandfly.com to pre-book parking, learn about rates, directions and more information.

About Energy Systems Network and Project Plug-IN: Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana's "clean tech" sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. Project Plug-IN, one of ESN's initiatives, is a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. ESN and Project Plug-IN received U.S. Department of Energy grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) for the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com and www.projectplugin.com.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

GE Energy works connecting people and ideas everywhere to create advanced technologies for powering a cleaner, more productive world. With more than 100,000 employees in over 100 countries, our diverse portfolio of product and service solutions and deep industry expertise help our customers solve their challenges locally. We serve the energy sector with technologies in such areas as natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear energy; wind, solar, biogas and water processing; energy management; and grid modernization. We also offer integrated solutions to serve energy- and water-intensive industries such as mining, metals, marine, petrochemical, food & beverage and unconventional fuels.

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Nissan LEAF sends information about Project Plug-IN to interested Indiana customers

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Last week, Nissan emailed a newsletter describing one Indiana utility's electric vehicle pilot program, which includes a free 240-volt home charging station. Project Plug-IN partner Duke Energy was highlighted in the latest of Nissan's announcements to Indiana residents about the LEAF, for which customers can now make reservations online. Click here to read more.



 





 

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New York Times: New Cars That Pass the Pump as They Celebrate the Socket (2/17/12)

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This article was originally published in the New York Times on February 17, 2012. View the article on the NYT website here.

February 17, 2012

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New Georgia Street Boardwalk revved up by IPL electric vehicle charging stations [RELEASE]

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Charge your EV while you shop, visit and dine downtown

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) has installed two public electric vehicle charging stations along Georgia Street, between Illinois and Meridian streets. The stations offer universal charging equipment compatible with most electric vehicle models and allow downtown visitors to conveniently charge vehicles while they visit local businesses or events. Electric vehicle drivers will pay a flat rate of $2.50 per charging session.

“Indianapolis Power & Light Company continues to support our customers who drive environmentally-friendly electric vehicles by offering this evolving technology in a conveniently accessible location in the heart of our city,” said Ken Zagzebski, IPL President and Chief Executive Officer. “As electric cars continue to grow in popularity in Indianapolis, we are proud to be leading the way in championing their use.”

The funding for the charging stations was provided through Energy Systems Network’s (ESN) Project Plug-IN initiative.  Project Plug-IN aims to make Central Indiana the most EV-friendly region in the nation, and has used American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants awarded through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) to expand charging infrastructure in and around Indianapolis.

”With the addition of these charging stations, downtown Indianapolis becomes even more accommodating to the growing number of residents, commuters and visitors who use electric vehicles – a trend that will only continue to grow,” said ESN President & CEO Paul Mitchell.

As a partner in “Project Plug-IN,” IPL adds the Georgia Street location to its total of six public station site areas throughout the city. IPL currently has electric charging stations at Denison Merchant’s Garage, the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center, Garfield Park Library and the Indiana State Garage at 401 W. Washington Street. Additional units will be available on the 2nd floor of the Denison Plaza garage on Capitol Avenue between the convention center and PNC Center in the coming weeks.

In addition, IPL customers who have purchased electric vehicles may be eligible to receive charging equipment for their homes or businesses. Doing so will allow them to take advantage of a special rate designed to encourage consumers to charge their vehicles during off-peak hours for as little as 3 cents per kWh. IPL is the first Indiana utility to offer this special time-of-use rate to its customers. Interested customers can learn more at IPLpower.com or contact IPL at electric.vehicle@aes.com.

About Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL): Indianapolis Power & Light Company provides retail electric service to more than 470,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, IPL has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. For more information about the company, please visit www.IPLpower.com.

About Energy Systems Network and Project Plug-IN: Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana’s “clean tech” sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. Project Plug-IN, one of ESN’s initiatives, is a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. ESN and Project Plug-IN received U.S.Department of Energy grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) for the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com and www.projectplugin.com, or follow us on Twitter @EnergySystemsNk and @ProjectPlugIN.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact:         

February 10, 2012                                                                    Crystal Livers-Powers                                                                                                             Indianapolis Power & Light Co.

                                                                                                (317) 261-8423,

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New Statewide Public Charging Station Map

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Are you an Indiana EV owner looking for places to charge up your plug-in vehicle? Check out our new Public Charging Station map on the Project Plug-IN page. We’re cataloging all publicly available charging stations in the state to help Indiana EV drivers find their way to the closest charging station.

Find a charging station that’s not on our map? Contact us by filling out the General Inquiry form with the address, number of units, type of units (Level 2, Quick Charge, etc.) and payment method for the charging station and we’ll be sure to update the map.

Happy Charging!

Above: Charging stations available at the Indianapolis International Airport for valet customers.
 

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Inside Indiana Business: Purdue Center Tackles Heavy Hybrid Roadblocks

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This story was written and published by Inside Indiana Business on 12/15/11. To view the original article and listen to audio clips, click here.

"While hybrid cars are becoming a more common site on the nation's roads, hybrid commercial trucks and buses are seemingly scarce. Purdue University leaders say that's because experts have yet to clear the technical and engineering hurdles that surround the scaling up of hybrid technology for commercial duty vehicles. A new Purdue center has just received a $1 million grant to tackle those very challenges; leaders at the Hoosier Heavy Hybrid Center of Excellence (H3CoE) say it will provide the 'intellectual horsepower' to drive the development of hybrid commercial trucks and buses for the U.S. and beyond..."

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Thoughts on GM Volt’s Recent “Rapid Thermal Expansion” Incident… - John Waters, ESN Technical Advisory Council Member

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This blog entry was written by John Waters, ESN Technical Advisory Council Member, on Rocky Mountain Institute's RMI Outlet blog. To view the original post, please visit the RMI Outlet website.

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John Waters

President - Waters & Associates Consulting

November 30, 2011

 

 

General Motors is on its way to becoming the premier automaker in all technology related to electric vehicle safety and reliability. The recent reporting and follow-up investigation of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) event involving a Chevy Volt (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is the ideal catalyst for driving EV technology forward and our global understanding of safety, reliability, and cost in advanced vehicles.

It is reported that the battery of a GM Chevy Volt, damaged in a crash test, caught fire three weeks later and ignited several cars near the Volt (this all took place in a NHTSA facility). The good news here is that no human was hurt. The incident took place at a test facility where catastrophic situations are supposed to be generated. (For more on this topic see “Volt fire investigation — is it more than smoke?”)

Now, this single incident will motivate and drive some of the finest engineers in the world to become even more skilled and insightful in advancing the benefits lithium battery technology. From Newton to Edison to Dean Kamen, true inventors highlight their increased understanding of physical laws through “mistakes” as opposed to successes.

If you asked Dean Kamen (one of the greatest living inventors) to name an individual who knows more than most of the causes of “rapid thermal expansion” of lithium batteries, he would most likely mention my name. I arrived at Dean’s offices one day several years ago, greeted by three fire trucks, and smelled the familiar fragrance of burned lithium batteries wafting through the air.

Without disclosing the details, I can confidently state that the following six months of root cause failure investigation of my team’s lithium batteries taught me more about the behavior and control of high energy lithium-ion battery packs than all the previous years of robust failure testing and analysis on the battery systems.

The Chevy Volt incident will drive the highly competent engineers and scientists at GM to discover and quantify the peripheral behavior mechanisms of high-energy battery packs. These discoveries are not ones to avoid but to embrace as they will provide substantial value for GM and propel it to a global leadership position.

As my friend (Rocky Mountain Institute chief scientist) Amory Lovins once encouraged me in an email, “Pioneers get the arrows, settlers get the land.”

GM’s leadership in putting thousands of Chevy Volts on the road—all with no reported incidents—requires the company to embrace the unknown, resolve the failure modes, and capture market share with its robust understanding and intellectual property that will be gained by leading discovery. This is our classic American heritage and we should be championing our industrious companies forward in their global leadership positions.

Those who want to promote a “sky is falling” attitude on advanced automotive technology should break out their abacuses and go for it (but be careful of pinching your fingers with the deadly motions of those beads!). Does anyone want to debate the safety and reliability of sitting on top of 20-gallon gasoline reservoir, which has an energy density 65 times greater than lithium batteries?

The loss of the space shuttle Columbia was a historical event for our country — resulting in the loss of human lives. The failure was attributed to a loose piece of foam insulation, the size of a small briefcase, which damaged the shuttle's thermal protection system.

Similar to NASA’s focus and leadership after this horrendous event, GM has the opportunity to show the world how safe and reliable lithium battery systems can be and create the intellectual property that will propel them to a global leadership position and the planet’s authority on advanced automotive technology.

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John Waters, an entrepreneurial and business development professional, is president of Waters & Associates Consulting. He is an electric vehicle pioneer, having led development and production for General Motors of battery packs for the company's first electric cars, the EV1 and Electric S-10. At Delphi Corp., he launched a lithium battery business and was responsible for the design, testing and production of multiple lithium battery products, including battery packs for the Segway. He launched Bright Automotive in 2008 after serving as Vice President of Transportation at Rocky Mountain Institute, a role in which he provided energy strategy for Fortune 100 companies including Alcoa, Ford and Wal-Mart.

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INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY, GE ENERGY AND PURDUE UNIVERSITY BRING LATEST EV CHARGING TECHNOLOGY TO PARKING GARAGE

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Three GE WattStationTM Wall Mount Charging Stations Now Available at Airport

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—November 23, 2011—Electric vehicle (EV) drivers using the Indianapolis International Airport now have a convenient way to ensure a fully charged ride home, with the installation of three new GE Energy (NYSE: GE) EV charging stations in the airport parking garage.

Beginning today, the GE WattStationTM Wall Mount EV charging stations can be used at no cost to travelers who use the airport’s valet parking services. By managing the GE EV charging stations through its valet service, the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) and Parking Solutions for Airports and Global Parking System Inc. can rotate the charging of parked EVs, ensuring the service is available to any number of electric vehicles.

“EV charging services provide more options for our travelers while also supporting our broader commitment to being a good neighbor responsive to the needs of our community,” said John D. Clark III, executive director and CEO of the IAA. “Engaging in sustainability practices that add value to our customers, our community and our business model is a great way to make good on that commitment.”

An ongoing collaboration between Purdue University and GE Energy is at the heart of the new airport charging option. Purdue acquired the units with funding from Energy Systems Network through a grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

“It’s exciting to see GE’s easy-to-use WattStation in a large, busy setting like the Indianapolis International Airport,” said Luis Ramírez, CEO of GE Energy Industrial Solutions. “Installing our WattStations at transportation hubs like airports provides solutions for EV drivers and brings us one step closer to the development of a comprehensive, sustainable EV infrastructure.”

Eric Dietz, associate professor of computer and information technology and director of Purdue’s Homeland Security Institute, said, “Purdue is pleased to work with IAA and GE Energy on this initiative to promote clean, renewable energy, produced in the United States. Purdue’s faculty and students will collect data from the airport chargers to use in electric vehicle and smart grid research.”

The airport’s valet services are available to customers on the curbside of the departures level, as well as on the third floor of the parking garage. The GE EV charging stations will be installed near the valet parking area on the third floor of the airport parking garage. Page 2 of 3 GE November 23, 2011

Additional sustainability initiatives at the airport include IAA’s recent completion of relighting projects in its parking garage and at the Indianapolis Maintenance Center that produce combined yearly savings of more than $250,000 and annually reduce CO2 emissions by 5,233 metric tons, equivalent to removing more than 1,000 gasoline-powered cars from the city’s roads each year.

IAA also has announced plans to develop one of the largest airport-based solar farms in North America, which will annually produce more than 15 million kilowatt hours of power, enough to meet the electrical energy needs of more than 1,200 average American homes for a year. The renewable power it generates will prevent approximately 10,700 tons of CO2 from being released into the environment each year, roughly equivalent to removing 2,000 gasoline-powered cars from the road annually.

Earlier this month, the airport was awarded LEED® certification for the Midfield Terminal complex and is the only airport in the United States to achieve the certification for an entire airport campus.

For more information about the GE WattStation, visit our Twitter pages at @GE_WattStation and @GE_IndSolutions and Facebook page at GE Energy Industrial Solutions.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

GE also serves the energy sector by providing technology and service solutions that are based on a commitment to quality and innovation. The company continues to invest in new technology solutions and grow through strategic acquisitions to strengthen its local presence and better serve customers around the world. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power & Water, GE Energy Management and GE Oil & Gas—work together with more than 100,000 global employees and 2010 revenues of $38 billion, to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; as well as other alternative fuels and new grid modernization technologies to meet 21st century energy needs.

About the Authority

The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system. In addition to Indianapolis International Airport (IND), its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received several prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class. It was named the 2010 best North American airport by J.D. Power and Associates and best airport in North America by Airports Council International as part of its annual Airport Service Quality awards for performance excellence. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus, and the airport has won recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture. Page 3 of 3 GE November 23, 2011

IND’s economic impact in Central Indiana is more than $3.3 billion annually, and about 10,000 people work at the airport each day. With some of the lowest fares in the United States, IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year and averages 140 daily nonstop flights to 34 destinations. Home of the world's second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.

About Energy Systems Network and Project Plug-IN

Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not-for-profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on the development of Indiana's "clean tech" sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to bring new energy technologies, products or applications to market. Project Plug-IN, one of ESN's initiatives, is a commercial scale pilot of plug-in electric vehicles and smart grid technology working together to demonstrate an energy efficient transportation system solution. ESN and Project Plug-IN received U.S. Department of Energy grant funding through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (IOED) for the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations. By the spring of 2012, the grant funding will have facilitated the deployment of more than 125 plug-in vehicles and nearly 200 charging stations throughout the State of Indiana. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com and www.projectplugin.com.

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For additional information, please contact:

Ellen Dowell

GE Energy

Industrial Solutions

p: 860-793-5958

e-mail: ellen.dowell@ge.com

 

Carlo Bertolini

Indianapolis Airport Authority

P: 317-487-5025

e-mail: cbertolini@indianapolisairport.com

 

 

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American Council on Renewable Energy's Annual Phase II Policy Forum - December 6-7, 2011

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ACORE’s annual Phase II Policy Forum has never been more important. With an industry whose growth and economic potential is being called into question, Phase II will be a critical meeting geared to formulate an over-arching strategy for the continued success and support of the industry. The forum will explore issues of national and energy security, economic development, capital raising, and jobs for the many under and unemployed Americans. The thought leaders from the global stage will join leaders from the national and state level in Washington DC to assess the status of renewable energy policy today, the range of policy options available, and help to advise on a best case policy framework for 2012 and beyond. Your attendance is critical to formulating a well-rounded energy policy for America’s future.

For more information and to register online, visit www.acorephaseii.com.

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Clean Energy Trust Accepting Applications for Clean Energy Challenge thru December 5th

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The Clean Energy Trust administers an annual business competition for early stage cleantech companies in the Midwest region. Last year the Challenge awarded $140,000 to four promising Midwestern clean energy start-ups. This year, CET is excited to announce a new program: the Clean Energy Student Challenge. The Student Challenge is part of a new national program led by the US Department of Energy. CET will be the Midwest Regional Administrator of the Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Creation Competition for University Students. This provides an additional $100,000 grand prize for a student-run company.

CET is looking for promising early stage and student-run start-ups to apply for the Challenge. The application deadline is December 5, 2011 in order to participate in the competition on March 1, 2012 in Chicago. A total of 28 teams will be selected to compete for $250,000 in prizes. Eligible technologies include renewables, water, energy conservation and efficiency, building materials, energy storage, smart grid, energy IT, energy, next generation transportation, and renewable fuels.

For eligibility criteria for both the early stage start-ups and student-run start-ups, as well as to submit an application, please visit http://www.cleanenergytrust.org/events/about-the-challenge/.

 





 

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ESN HOSTS EV RACING DESIGN SUMMIT AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

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“Motorsports 2.0” event brings racing, automotive and energy systems experts together to lay groundwork for electric vehicle series

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., October 20, 2011) Auto racing is about the thrill of competition, about who can coax the best performance out of finely-tuned race machines. A proposed new racing series aims to complement internal combustion engine racing traditions with the advanced technologies quickly emerging in electric vehicles (EVs). With emerging battery technology, EVs can outperform traditional cars in torque, speed and handling - on the track or on the highway.

In early October, the Energy Systems Network (ESN) brought together an ‘all-star’ collection of motorsports teams, sanctioning bodies, engineering and design firms, Fortune 500 sponsors and EV pioneers to explore an electric vehicle (EV) racing series that could take the track within the next three years. The “Motorsports 2.0” EV Racing Design Summit was hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and sponsored by Duke Energy, Siemens, Eaton Corporation, Remy International, and Verizon.

Over the course of three days, the group participated in a series of brainstorming and working sessions aimed at several key goals: creating specifications for an all-electric record-setting racecar, developing design plans for the technical infrastructure required to support fully electric race vehicles, and drafting preliminary business and marketing plans for the EV racing series.

The EV racing initiative is spearheaded by ESN, the non-profit, industry-driven initiative focused on clean technologies and energy innovation. ESN also manages Project Plug-IN, among the nation’s largest deployment projects for plug-in electric vehicles and ‘smart grid’ technologies based in Central Indiana. According to ESN CEO Paul Mitchell, the racing series serves a complementary purpose in speeding deployment of EVs.

“Race fans are obviously enthusiasts and early adopters of the latest automotive technologies,” Mitchell said.

John Waters, President of Waters & Associates, who assisted in facilitating and coordinating the event, and a previous member of the General Motors EV1 team in Indiana agreed, “There’s no better way to promote the unique capabilities of emerging electric automotive technology than by demonstrating EV power and durability on the race track. It’s not about hugging trees but embracing speed and performance.”

EV racing will also serve a valuable purpose in developing and validating new technologies for the emerging electric vehicle sector. A symbiotic relationship has long existed between motorsports and the automotive industry, but has become less relevant in recent years.

In addition to vehicle design, the Motorsports 2.0 Summit also focused on the infrastructure needed for EV racing. “EV motorsports will foster innovation in vehicle technology, but it will also provide a development platform and proving ground for future EV charging technologies,” said Mike Rowand of Duke Energy. “The charging systems that power electric vehicles on the race track may ultimately power consumer vehicles.”

Beyond this potential role as a high-performance R&D lab, backers believe that an EV racing series would promote the vehicles to a wider audience, creating a ‘pull through’ market.

“Racing fans love competition – whether its IndyCar, American LeMans Series, or go-karts,” said Scot Elkins, COO of the American LeMans Series and the International Motor Sports Association, and a participant at Motorsports 2.0.  “If they see electric vehicles putting on a good race, they’ll gravitate to it, learn all about the cars – and become consumers and enthusiasts.”

The EV racing partnership will combine expertise across electric propulsion, infrastructure, renewable energy, IT, and motorsports. Within a two-and-a-half year timeframe, it will focus on aligning the strategic technology development needs of the automotive, clean energy and IT industries with the future of racing, while also attracting a new generation of spectators and sponsors with an exciting and carbon-free racing experience.

Despite the aggressive timeline, participants at the Motorsports 2.0 Summit are optimistic about the prospects for the series.

“This Summit used a world-class process to jump-start an EV series,” said Richard Parry-Jones, former Chief Technical Officer of Ford Motor Company and head of the UK Automotive Council.  “It brought all the right people together – we accomplished more in three days than most efforts like this do in a year.”

“Right now, we’re using a 20th century fuel for a sport with 21st century ambitions,” added Chelsea Sexton, electric vehicle advocate made famous in the movie, “Who Killed the Electric Car.” “Electrified motorsports will happen – the only questions are when and how.”

Participants in the Motorsports 2.0 EV Racing Design Summit included IndyCar, American LeMans, Bright Automotive, CCS Services, the Art Center College of Design, Delphi, Dallara, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Fuzion Training, Remy International, Duke Energy, Google, Tabu Design, Siemens Energy, Verizon Wireless, USAC Racing, Eaton Corporation, Penske Technology, Ball State University Center for Media Design, RPJ Consulting, , Ice Miller, Living City Block, HVM Racing, Stanford University, Waters & Associates and the Lightning Rod Foundation.

These and other partners are collaborating on a multi-phased approach, starting at the Motorsports 2.0 Design Summit. Discussions have continued since the Summit on October 4-6, focusing on continued technical and business planning and the logistics of staging EV racing demonstrations within the next year, towards the ultimate goal of launching a full-fledged EV racing series in the next 2-3 years.

“It’s gratifying to see such engagement and enthusiasm across the racing and energy ‘ecosystems’ for this project, kicking off the process here at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Mitchell noted. 

“Indianapolis is building a reputation as the electric car capitol of the U.S., and we’re already the racing capitol of the world,” he finished. “It makes perfect sense to bring the two together as a means to advance and demonstrate the performance of these cars, which is improving by leaps and bounds.”

About Energy Systems Network: The Energy Systems Network (ESN) is an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. It is a non-profit industry-driven economic organization focused on the development of the energy technology “cleantech” sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members to bring new energy technologies to market. ESN partners include a wide range of Fortune 500 firms, emerging technology companies, and research and educational institutions with expertise in advanced technology vehicles, distributed power generation, advanced biofuels, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. 

 

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NISSAN LAUNCHES ALL-ELECTRIC LEAF IN NEW U.S. MARKETS

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On the heels of the 7,000th delivery in the United States, Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of Nissan LEAF, the world’s first and only all-electric car for the mass market.

Orders for the 2012 Nissan LEAF begin today in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. Deliveries of the LEAF, enriched for the 2012 model year with additional standard equipment including quick charging and cold-weather features, will take place in these key markets by December.

“Consumers have spoken, and it’s clear that they are looking for a car that produces zero emissions and uses no gas,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. “We are seeing tremendous consumer interest in the Nissan LEAF in these new markets, particularly in the New York metropolitan area.”

A prioritized ordering phase begins today for individuals with existing reservations in these new markets. On Oct. 3, Nissan will open new reservations and orders to the general public. Nissan will expand into additional new markets as the year continues. By the end of the year, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will be added as markets where the Nissan LEAF will be available for order.

With thousands Nissan LEAF drivers and enthusiasts actively discussing their experiences in online forums and in Nissan social media communities, Nissan also is announcing the launch of the “Go Electric” Owner’s Blog. This new online destination, NissanLeafDrivers.com, will feature weekly content from 14 Nissan LEAF owners who will share personal experiences of owning a 100-percent electric vehicle. Nissan aims for the site to be a gathering place for potential and current Nissan LEAF owners to discuss electric vehicle ownership.

About Nissan Americas

In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award. For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

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Nissan Americas
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Nissan LEAF "drive electric tour" stops in Indianapolis

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The Nissan LEAF™ "drive electric tour" makes a pit stop in Indianapolis on September 2-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The new Nissan LEAF™ is the first and only mass-produced, 100% electric, zero gas, no tailpipe vehicle. The "drive electric tour" sponsored by the 100% electric Nissan LEAF™ will provide consumers the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology, its features and to actually take it for a test-drive (registration available but not required to test drive).

To schedule a drive time, visit their website at www.drivenissanleaf.com.




 

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ESN Board Chairman Letter to the Editor: 'Cummins helps power Indiana's economy'

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ESN's Board Chairman, Tom Snyder (President of Ivy Tech Community College) wrote a letter to the editor at the Indianapolis Star this week praising the efforts of ESN parter Cummins, Inc. Take a look at his letter below, or view it on the Indy Star's website.

 

"It may be a function of Hoosier modesty, or the old adage that admiration and familiarity are strangers, but it often takes an outsider's perspective to remind us about what's truly exceptional in our everyday lives. I was struck by this feeling leafing through Fortune magazine's latest annual Fortune 500 list.

At No. 186 was Cummins, the Columbus-based engine-maker. That's no surprise; Most of us are familiar with Cummins, and have some idea of its size and recent success. We regard Cummins as a valued partner in our effort at Ivy Tech Community College, as well as other organizations I'm involved with, like the Energy Systems Network and Conexus Indiana.

But as I read further, I was amazed by how this Indiana manufacturing stalwart stacks up against its peers..."

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Chinese vehicle and technology manufacturer BYD brings electric bus and e6 vehicle to Clean Cities Stakeholder Summit

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In November 2010, ESN partner Duke Energy Corporation and Chinese vehicle and technology manufacturer BYD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on technologies for energy storage, electric transportation and smart grid applications as well as to explore further joint business development opportunities.

Since that time, BYD has also discussed with ESN the opportunity to deploy BYD's electric buses and e6 passenger vehicles in the US. BYD recently brought the two vehicles to the 2011 Clean Cities Stakeholder Summit in Indianapolis for the Day at the Track. Take a look at some of the pictures of BYD's vehicles in the gallery below. For more information on the BYD vehicles, visit their website at www.byd.com.


 
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We're in the Fast Lane of the Electric Vehicle Movement - Editorial by Paul Mitchell

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On May 6th, President Obama visited Indianapolis and spoke at Allison Transmission, which is investing nearly $150 million in private capital and federal grants to expand its hybrid transmission line, creating 250 new jobs in the process.

President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and senior Department of Energy officials have come to the Hoosier State repeatedly to emphasize the administration’s clean technology agenda, for a simple reason – it’s in their interests to celebrate success, and Indiana is at the vanguard of this movement.

In electric vehicles (EVs) in particular, the state’s assets are enviable. Manufacturers like THINK, Bright Automotive, and Navistar, major hybrid component producers like Allison, Cummins, and Remy, advanced battery developers like EnerDel, automotive electronics leaders like Delphi…the list goes on. 

Through Central Indiana’s Project Plug-IN initiative, we’re also on the cutting-edge of deploying these vehicles.  This effort has already placed 100+ EVs with commuters and in fleet operations along with charging infrastructure; working with local utilities and other partners, we’re gathering data from these vehicles that will help hasten deployment in other communities.

Governor Mitch Daniels has also been a vocal proponent of the EV industry as a growing force in Indiana’s economy. His economic development team has been aggressive in supporting the growth of EV companies and suppliers, and the State of Indiana was the first customer for EVs in its fleets through Project Plug-IN. Support for EVs is a bipartisan proposition, as it should be: These advanced technology vehicles represent many of our shared interests, as Hoosiers and Americans. From an economic standpoint, the sector is a source of innovation and new jobs – high-tech engineering and manufacturing positions that are more resistant to outsourcing and offshoring.

Vehicle electrification also addresses a major national security issue, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and an environmental one, cutting a major source of carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

For consumers, EVs represent the wave of the future. We love our cars, and EVs are quickly evolving to meet our needs and wants as drivers. As hybrid and plug-in technologies have advanced, the size and performance of the vehicles have changed – just compare the first-generation Toyota Prius to the current third-generation model in terms of legroom, cargo space and power. Options are multiplying, as most major automakers are offering hybrid or fully-electric models. For those who don’t want to make any sacrifice in terms of luxury, BMW recently announced that a plug-in hybrid 5 Series will be available by 2013.

Some critics say that the EV market is being propped up by government subsidies, a product of federal rebates and tax credits that distort the natural forces of supply and demand. As an enthusiast of free markets, I’m sympathetic to this argument but believe it only tells one side of the story.

In fact, there are few industries as heavily supported by the federal government as the oil and gas sector. Oil subsidies cost U.S. taxpayers more than $4 billion a year – significantly more than the tax breaks and grants designed to put more EVs on our highways. But while the EV industry is relatively new, the oil industry has employed armies of lobbyists for decades with the single-minded purpose of cementing their various loopholes and allowances into the tax code. Singling out public sector incentives for electric vehicles ignores the federal largess that has flowed to oil and gas companies for generations.

It would be a principled position to argue for an end to all federal subsidies for transportation platforms – fossil fuels and electric vehicles alike, creating an even playing field. It’s estimated that stripping all government subsidies from the oil and gas industries would cause the price of a gallon of gasoline to soar to at least $10 a gallon. Under this scenario, electric cars would clearly be competitive in the marketplace, paying for themselves out of the avoided fuel costs.   

Indiana’s – and the nation’s – opportunity is to build an industry ecosystem that can thrive with or without government support, where companies across the electric vehicle and alternative energy supply chain can collaborate to advance new technologies and breakthroughs to make these cars more affordable and more practical for the average American commuter.

The Energy Systems Network is working to make this vision a reality – both to encourage new jobs and investment for the Hoosier economy and to lead the nation towards a future of energy independence and cleaner, less costly commutes.

Mr. Mitchell is President & CEO of the Energy Systems Network, an Indiana-based initiative focused on clean technology development. He previously served as Policy Director to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

You can view this letter to the editor as printed in the Indianapolis Star today by visiting indystar.com.

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Emerging Technology Day Hosts One of Nation's Largest EV Rallies

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On May 7th, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Emerging Technology Day hosted over 70 plug-in electric vehicles at the track during the EV Rally.

Dominated by 28 THINK City EV's (predominately provided through ESN's Project Plug-IN) and about 20 Chevy Volts that had been test driven all day, plug-in vehicle owners brought their cars to the track to take a couple laps around the IMS oval.

Plug-in vehicles lined up in one of the on-site parking lots and by late afternoon, all PEV owners joined each other to prepare for their parade laps.

 

Many of the THINK City EVs that participated in the rally were purchased by participants in ESN's Project Plug-IN EV deployment initiative, which was supported by grant funding provided through the State of Indiana and the Indiana Office of Energy Development. Many of the PEV owners got to look at different vehicles, some coming as far away as Florida and South Carolina, to get an idea of what other PEV products are out there - the popular ones and the less traditional ones.

 

Everyone got to pause at the "yard of bricks" for a group photo, which can be seen on the IMS Flickr page here. Overall, being part of the EV Rally was a great opportunity for PEV owners to talk to each other about their vehicles and the new technology that made them possible, while turning heads at their quiet laps around the IMS track in the process.

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Obama: I want new breakthroughs in energy technology in Indiana

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President Obama: I want new breakthroughs in energy technology in Indiana

President Obama visited Indiana for the fifth time in his presidency today at Allison Transmission, an ESN partner, to applaud their efforts in being a leader in hybrid transmissions, thanks in part to a $62.8 million federal grant.

In addition to supporting Allison's energy efficient transmission systems, Obama also took the opportunity to propose a $7,500 tax rebate for consumers who purchase an electric vehicle. He explained that this technology is the future of the nation, and the US needs to invest in it now despite the economic downturn of recent years.

Obama touted his national energy plan by emphasizing the importance of continuing clean tech innovations in the U.S. and pushing for more research and development to become leaders in the field. "I don't want the new breakthrough technologies and the new manufacturing taking place in China and India. I want all those new jobs right here in Indiana, right here in the United States of America, with American workers, American know-how, American ingenuity," he said.

The President continued to praise Allison and the state of Indiana by stating, "...America's economy is always going to rely on outstanding manufacturing, where we make stuff -- where we're not just buying stuff overseas, but we're making stuff here, and we're selling it to somebody else. And that's what Allison is all about."

The following articles are available online with additional coverage of President Obama's visit to Indianapolis:

Indianapolis Star

Inside INdiana Business

Indiana Business Journal

White House release 

 

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Obama to Discuss Energy in Indiana - Inside INdiana Business

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Obama to Discuss Energy in Indiana - Inside INdiana Business Report

Hybrid vehicle production in Indiana will be a key focus of President Barack Obama's visit to the state today. The president will be touring Allison Transmission in Indianapolis and will speak about U.S. energy policy. The company is currently investing more than $130 million to create a facility to produce drive systems for hybrid trucks.

ESN Board Chairman Tom Snyder (President of Ivy Tech Community College) will be in attendance.

View the complete press release and article here.

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May 7th is Emerging Technology Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is kicking off its month-long celebration leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on May 7th with the first annual Emerging Technology Day.
Some of the best, brightest young minds in America will display innovative renewable technologies for the automotive industry at the Emerging Tech Day. The event will feature exhibition competition at IMS by alternative-power vehicles in the Formula Hybrid and American Solar Challenge series and the Purdue evGrandPrix.

Any plug-in vehicle owner won't want to miss the EV Rally, where you can take your plug-in electric vehicle for a drive around the legendary track.

Admission is free and the gates are open to the public starting at 12 noon. For more information, visit the IMS website.

 

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INside Indiana Business interviews THINK on benefits of EVs while gas prices soar

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Gerry Dick interviews THINK spokesman Brendan Prebo to discuss how the EV manufacturer plans to capitalize on high gas prices and demonstrate the viability of all-electric vehicles.

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Hoosiers looking for relief from high gas prices - WTHR

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Hoosiers looking for relief from high gas prices - WTHR report
April 6, 2011

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Welcome to Energy Systems Network's New Website!

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Today we launch ESN's new corporate website, which includes industry news, ESN related events and project information, as well as other helpful resources. Keep up to date on our blog, follow us on Twitter, and visit often to learn more about all of ESN's commercialization projects and how all our partner organizations are doing their part to help make Indiana a hub for energy innovation.

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