ASUS Sustainable Energy Society



Welcome to the official website of ASUSES: the Appalachian State University chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

Through hosting workshops on campus and in the community, planning special events and site assessments, ASUSES is dedicated to the cause for clean energy.

Our purpose is to educate, enlighten, and inform students and the community about solar applications as well as other renewable energy sources.

The club is made up of ASU students and staff who care enough to volunteer their time to spread the word about sustainable energy!

To find out how to get involved, check out our calendar (calendrier vacances scolaires .gouv) and events.

ASUSES welcomes ASU students and Community Members to attend our weekly meetings. Meetings are held Mondays at 7:00 pm in Room 178 in Kerr-Scott Hall (Between the JET Building and the Parking Deck on Rivers St.) during the normal semester. Summer meetings will be announced on a monthly basis.

For more information about the club, see our Get Involved! page

Get Involved
Our next club meeting will be at 5pm on Monday, June 30th in the Boone Bicycle Initiative workshop under the Turchin Art center on King St. We will discuss upcoming July 4th events, the summer education tour, and more!

DAISY Education Station!

DAISY Summer Tour
Brent Summerville on the DIASY
Graduates in the Building Science and Appropriate Technology have completed the DAISY mobile green education station along with a partnership between the Department of Technology, the ASU Energy Center, ASUSES, and ARISE.

The education station is a moving example of green building, renewable energy, and sustainability in action. Containing a working photovoltaic system, solar-thermal system, a wind turbine,

Look for tour dates soon! Contact us for more info and scheduling.

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Opel International to Present at the Canaccord Adams’ 28th Annual Global Growth Conference
Opel International Inc., a leading global developer and supplier of concentrating photovoltaic panels (CPV’s), today announced that the Company will be participating in Canaccord Adams’ 28th Annual Global Growth Conference.
Solar and Semiconductor Industries Come Together In San Francisco
The solar industry and semiconductor industry are intimately connected. Both industries rely on silicon and both use much of the same processing technology and supply chain to produce their products. Nowhere has this connection been more prominently on display than last week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco California, where the Intersolar North America made its debut in conjunction with SEMICON West 2008.
Phoenix Solar Signs 14-MW Deal in Italy
Phoenix Solar AG has signed a framework agreement with Meinl International Power Ltd. The agreement is for the planning and turn-key construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants to be built in Italy with a peak output totaling approximately 14 megawatts (MW).
Canadian Solar Signs 9-MW Deal with Conergy
Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI) has announced that it has signed a 9-megawatt (MW) sales agreement for the sale of its e-Modules with Conergy USA. The contract runs for 12 months, through June 2009 and delivery of the modules will start this month.
VeraSun Announces Biorefinery Start-up
VeraSun Energy Corp. announced the start-up of its 110 million gallon per year ethanol biorefinery located near Hankinson, North Dakota. The Hankinson production facility marks the 12th VeraSun biorefinery in operation, increasing the company’s annual operating capacity to 1.2 billion gallons.
DOE Invests US $240 Million in Biorefineries
The U.S. Depaartment of Energy (DOE) has announced that it has finished its selection process for grants to be made to small-scale cellulosic ethanol refineries. The selected biorefinery projects will receive up to a total of US $240 million in DOE funding, subject to appropriations, over the next five fiscal years. Once federal funding is combined with industry cost share, more than US $735 million could be invested in the nine projects, over the next four to five years.
MicroPlanet Closes US $7 Million Financing
MicroPlanet, a clean technology and energy conservation company, announced the final closing on a round of private placement equity financing. The company sucessfully raised approximately CAN $7.1 million [US $7 million] in total gross proceeds.
NEC Expert Bill Brooks to Teach at Solar Living Institute Training Event
Expert Solar Trainer Andy Black to Teach at Solar Living Institute Training Event
Spire Wins Contract with Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
BEDFORD, MA — July 22, 2008 — Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules worldwide, today announced that it has received a contract from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) to provide critical test equipment for their certification operations in both the United States and China.
First Solar to Participate in Investor Conferences
First Solar, Inc. to Announce 2008 Second Quarter Financial Results on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wind Farms: Now We’ve Got the Biggest in Europe
The Byproducts of Biodiesel Production Are Valuable Organic Acids, Researchers Say
In a move that could possibly change the economics of biodiesel refining, chemical engineers at Rice University have come up with a set of techniques for converting sometimes problematic biofuels waste into chemicals that fetch a profit.
Fresno Airport Dedicates Solar Installation
Fresno Yosemite International Airport and WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp.held a dedication ceremony last week in celebration of the opening of the largest solar airport installation to date in the U.S.
Day4 Energy Increases Solar Module Production Capacity 300%
Day4 Energy Inc. has announced the successful completion of the first phase of its manufacturing expansion. The new Phase I production equipment installed in the company’s Burnaby production facilities adds 35 megawatts (MW) of production capacity to its current solar photovoltaic module production line and increases total current annual production capacity to 47 MW.
Dakota Wind Issues Public Offering
Dakota Wind Energy, LLC, a South Dakota community-owned wind development company, has announced an intrastate public offering of its securities. This offering is only open to South Dakota resident landowners who grant wind-related rights to Dakota Wind Energy.
Merrill Lynch To Finance Raser’s 10 MW Geothermal Plant
Raser Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed a commitment letter with Merrill Lynch for the project financing and tax equity funding for its planned 10 megawatt (MW) Lightning Dock geothermal power plant in New Mexico.
SeaGen’s Tidal Power Feeds the Grid
The world’s first commercial-scale tidal turbine, located in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough and developed by British tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines (MCT), has delivered electricity onto the grid for the first time.
New NanoMarkets Report States That the Building Integrated Photovoltaics Market Will Reach $4.0 Billion by 2013
A new report from NanoMarkets, a leading industry analyst firm based here, predicts that the market for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) will reach more than $4.0 billion in revenues ($US) by 2013 and surpassing $8 billion in 2015.

Get Involved!

We encourage both ASU Students and folks from the community to come sit in on our meetings - Meeting times will be announced on the front page of this website and generally are in the closest classroom to the parking deck in the Technology Building room 178. So come make sure we meet on your available nights!.

Kerr-Scott hall is located on Rivers St. in Boone, NC, right across from the ASU Steam Tower. Park in the lot up the hill around back, or ask for a temporary permit at the parking deck next door. Click here for a map of the area.

If you cant make it out to our regular meetings, then check out our monthly workshops and special events. Check the front page often for announcements and our calendar, too!

A non-University affiliated group: The Appalachian Regional Initiative for Sustainable Energy (ARISE)is doing a lot to promote renewable energy and sustainable living in the Watauga County Area. Check their web page to stay current on what they’ve been up too.


Green Links

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Appalachian State University Sustainable Energy Society (ASUSES)

Mike Uchal, President

Grey Nelson, Vice President

Benjamin Quinn, Treasurer

Anna Erwin, Secretary

Rachel Nelms, Webmaster

Amy Metsker, PR Coordinator

Rio Tazewell, PR Coordinator

Will Hildreth, PR Coordinator

Bryan Johnson, Event Coordinator

Lindsay Kvasnak, Event Coordinator

Sarah Sullivan, Event Coordinator

Erica Porras, Workshop Coordinator

Casey Smith, Captain

Dennis Scanlin, Faculty Advisor
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About Appalachian

“One of the top five masters degree-granting universities in the South.”

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian State University has built a national reputation for providing outstanding academics. With a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 24, faculty members are able to take a personal interest in student progress, often becoming mentors, advisers, and friends - even tennis partners. That can only happen in a close-knit community.

Nestled at the base of Howard Knob, the university is located in downtown Boone, NC (year-round pop. 15,000), a small town which thrives as one of the Southeast’s premier tourism and outdoor recreation destinations. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest provide a beautiful natural setting with unlimited possibilities for outdoor adventure.

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Appalachian averages fewer than 25 students per class.

Whatever academic or career path you seek, Appalachian’s four colleges and music school, offering more than 140 degree programs and 1,500 courses as well as special programs, can get you there. Along the way, you’ll discover what we mean by a great learning adventure.

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