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13 April

Hear! Hear! Time For Solar Vehicles To Shine, With The Help From President Obama’s “Energy Security Trust”


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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I am very pleased to find out about President Obama’s effort in creating the “Energy Security Trust” in a unique way. In one of his weekly addresses (this one took place on March 16, 2013, in Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL

Argonne National Laboratory, aerial view, creative commons

), he discussed the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He highlights his all-of-the-above approach to American energy, including a proposal to establish an Energy Security Trust, which invests in research in new technologies that will help shift our cars and trucks off of oil. This trust would be funded by royalties from oil and gas operations on federal lands and in the Gulf of  Mexico. Below, is a clip of President Obama’s weekly address on this particular topic:

Based on the fact that Sun Is The Future graced the cover of when we covered solar car race, I trust that you’ve enjoyed our  World Solar Challenge and American Solar Challenge coverage in the past. To jostle your memory, recall these links:

  1. some of our World Solar Challenge of 2011 coverage:  Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 Open Ceremony, Quantum of Univ of MI at WSC2011, Interview of Chris Selwood of WSC2011, Arrival of Nuna 6- Netherland at WSC2011, Arrival of Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team’s BO GT (Germany),
  2. some of our American Solar Challenge of 2012 coverage: Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (1 of 2 ), (2 of 2 ).
  3. Solar Car Is The Car of the Future: Which Is Better: Solar Powered EV or Biofuel Powered Car ?

So, students, researchers, scientists, and engineers in solar industry, let’s work toward a future for more cost effective Solar Cars ! For a taste of what future solar cars might look like….

Take a look at an example of Solar Car (Iowa State University’s Hyperion during ASC2012, photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Oregon State University’s solar car at American Solar Challenge 2012 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker) 

University of MN’s solar car of American Solar Challenge 2012 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)




A look of the German Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team BO GT of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)


Tafe SA’s Solar Spirit of Australia during World Solar Challenge 2011(photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)





























~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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1 January

May JCESR (DOE’s Batteries and Energy Storage Hub) Lead U.S. To The Forefront of Battery Storage Technology


Dear Friends and Visitors/Readers/Viewers,

Sorry about the delay of this post.  There were simply too much to tend to in December of 2012.

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Remember the three most difficult triad I’ve mentioned (back in the Dec. 1, 2012 post) historically associated with being the barrier to prevalent implementation of solar energy is: cost, efficiency, and battery storage.  This post will complete our third element of the triad, demonstrating our hopeful future in battery storage technology.

In December of 2012, the Secretary Stephen Chu of U.S. Department of Energy announced the creation of a research center focusing on  battery and energy storage technology.   U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded up to $120 million over five years to a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory

Aerial view of the Argonne National Laboratory (Credit; Argonne National Laboratory)

to establish a new batteries and energy-storage hub, also known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will combine the research and development of:

  1. five DOE national laboratories (Argonne National LaboratoryLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
  2. five universities (Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan)
  3. four private firms (Johnson Controls, Dow Chemical Company, Applied Materials and Clean Energy Trust)

JCESR is a major research partnership that integrates academic, government, and industrial researchers from many disciplines to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create new energy  storage technology. This JCESR Consortium

JCESR conference in Chicago in December of 2012

is aiming to make U.S. a battery powerhouse, with an ambitious  5-year goal of developing batteries that will be 5-times more powerful and 5-times less expensive than the current battery technology.  Below, is a video clip of  the press conference at Chicago regarding JCESR:

“This is a partnership between world leading scientists and world leading companies, committed to ensuring that the advanced battery technologies the world needs will be invented and built right here in America,” said Secretary Chu.  “Based on the tremendous advances that have been made in the past few years, there are very good reasons to believe that advanced battery technologies can and will play an increasingly valuable role in strengthening America’s energy and economic security by reducing our oil dependence, upgrading our aging power grid, and allowing us to take greater advantage of intermittent energy sources like wind and solar.”

Hear! Hear !  Secretary Chu!  We look forward to the day when battery storage will no longer be a barrier but a promoter of prevalent implementation of solar energy!  We hope Secretary Chu’s vision will enable the creation of a single-home, blackout immune solar power solution, which is only possible if storage technology improves, allowing a small solar grid to hang on to generated electricity in cases of disconnection from the traditional electrical grid.

Much is happening in the Solar World this year! Keep checking back for more exciting updates, fellow solar enthusiasts!

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker.  Your input/questions/suggestions/comments are always welcomed at


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