Toyota USA Foundation to Support Local Charity with $100K Grant for Sustainable Energy Education

Huntsville, Ala – Energy Alabama was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to support sustainable energy education in the Huntsville community. The grant will support sustainable K12 energy curriculum development and for the construction of “net zero energy” or off-grid tiny homes. Energy Alabama has partnered with Bob Jones High School and the Huntsville Center for Technology and construction of the first tiny home is already underway. The grant also enables more than 10,000 students to receive clean, sustainable energy instruction, events, and hands-on activities, all with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“We know that the future of our society will be built on increasingly sophisticated technological expertise and innovative problem solving,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President. “That’s why Toyota USA Foundation is proud to support these nonprofits, who are creating exciting opportunities to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.”

High school students may be building the tiny homes but the community will be invited to finish assembly of the first tiny home over the summer of 2015.

“With this grant from the Toyota USA Foundation, we are able to provide the STEM education in sustainable energy and students will be inspired to enter careers in STEM related fields,” said Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama.

Examples of activities already undertaken as a result of this grant are:

  • The “Switch Blade Competition” in which a team from the University of Alabama in Huntsville redesigned a wind turbine blade that performed 44% better at low speeds than the original design
  • Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Fest with a hands-on wind energy display reaching over 500 students at the K-12 level.
  • Participation in two Earth day events with hands-on demonstrations including an ‘energy bike’ which taught more than 500 students the basic principles of energy.
  • Hosting a public documentary screening of “Switch: Discover Our Energy Future”

 

About the Energy Alabama

Energy Alababma is accelerating the transition to sustainable, clean energy throughout Alabama. We do this by widely promoting sustainable energy as a feasible, state-wide goal, by executing high-impact clean energy projects across the State, and by providing people with information and opportunities to help make clean energy choices. We work with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, educational institutions, utilities, business and civic leaders and individuals to transform Alabama’s energy marketplace and beyond. ALCSE is committed to powering Huntsville with 100% clean and efficient energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait at (256) 303-7773 or email at dtait@alcse.org.

Foosgazi wins Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

Foosgazi wins Energy Alabama Human Foosball Tournament!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 1st Human Foosball Tournament with the Toyota USA Foundation Avion Solutions Incorporated, Redstone Federal Credit Union and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Huntsville team, Foosgazi took the title at the Energy Alabama Huntsville Human Foosball tournament. Feedback from the event was great and we hope to make this the first of many Human Foosball events in Huntsville.

 

 Foosgazi wins Huntsville Human FoosballHuntsville Human FoosballFoosgazi for the win!

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Daniel Tait of Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy referring the first Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

 

   

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switch Blade Competition on Thursday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior systems engineer Bill Pannell, from the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

Students from Alabama A&M University, Columbia High School, Hartselle High School and the University of Alabama in Huntsville received a $500 stipend to fund their project.

The Switch Blade Competition is a great example of how we’re trying to make the quest to 100 percent clean energy in Huntsville fun,” said Daniel Tait, chief executive officer, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy. “Students get to engage with some of the toughest problems we need to address as a community while gaining hands-on experience with real equipment being used by the U.S. Army.

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Congratulations to the UAH Green Wind Power Available at Low Speed, or GWPALS, team! They were the winners of this first inaugural Switch Blade contest.

Student-Designed Windmill Blade Outperforms Manufacturer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Apr. 23, 2015) — Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switchblade Competition April 23 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior Systems Engineer Bill Pannell, from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

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Wind Power Competition Draws Student Teams

When Bill Pannell was considering how to redesign a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan, he never thought his idea would start a statewide competition among high school and collegiate students.

Pannell oversees the energy lab at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center within the System Simulation and Development Directorate.

“I have a small Army windmill that puts out about 300 watts of electricity in high winds, but not much in low winds. So, the idea is to have students design and build better windmill blades, to create more electricity in low winds,” he said. “I call it Switch Blade because the students will switch out the Army windmill blades with their blades, then compete in a wind tunnel test. We will measure who produces the most power/energy within three minutes.”

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