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Pfeiffer University welcomes Dr. Seamus Curran, University of Houston, for demonstration of new portable solar-power technology
- Published on Thursday, November 08, 2012 ( 8:31 am )
On Fri., Nov. 16, 10 a.m., Pfeiffer University welcomes Dr. Seamus Curran, associate professor of physics and director of the Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Houston, and CEO of C-Voltaics, manufacturer of nano-materials solutions in the fields of energy, protective coatings and nano-enabled plastics. Dr. Curran will be on campus to discuss and demonstrate C-Voltaics' latest innovation, the 2kW Storm Cell, a portable system for delivering solar energy.
Dr. Curran led development of the 2kW Storm Cell, inspired by his 2008 experience during Hurricane Ike, which left his family's home intact but powerless. Designed to be used much the same way as a diesel generator (except it is quiet and has no emissions), the C-Voltaic storm cell provides effective back-up power in the event of electrical grid failure or during and after a natural disaster. Due to its relative compact size (it can be stored in a garage 4 feet wide by 7 feet long and 6 feet high and weighs approximately 1,800 pounds), the storm cell can be rolled into place by an adult. When deployed, its length remains the same but the panels open to a final span of approximately 21 feet.
The feature tha makes the 2kW Storm Cell stand out among its competitors is its self-cleaning coating, a patent-pending product that preserves the storm cell's glass transparency and provides a protective barrier to prevent corrosion, essential for maintaining energy-gathering efficiency and reducing maintenance and operations costs. According to Dr. Curran, a dirty solar panel can reduce its power capabilities by up to 30 percent.
Dr. Curran's presentation at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel will outline the 2kW storm Cell's technology as well as its potential applications for commercial and residential use. Immediately following the presentation, Dr. Curran will demonstrate the storm cell, which will be set up outside the chapel.
The following YouTube link provides additional background for the presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0dMCzfCP7Q.
This event was coordinated with the assistance of Pfeiffer Trustee Dr. Ken Russell '88, Cisco Systems, Inc. Pfeiffer University is pleased to welcome to campus for the presentation Stanly County's most prominent public officials as well as students from Gray Stone Day School, our partner preparatory school located on Pfeiffer's campus (directly behind Merner Gymnasium).
Cultural credit will be offered for the presentation and demonstration.