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ORAU Hosts Area Teachers for Alternative Energy Generator Demonstration and Seminar

Nov. 20, 2009

At Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) main campus, Outpost Solar’s business development representative Stephen Rush explains to a group of area teachers and ORAU employees that the 24-panel, AMS-5 generator was designed especially for military use in the desert due to its light weight, compact size, and bullet-proof level of durability. The AMS-5 will be used for seminars and educational opportunities at ORAU for the next several weeks and will be opened daily in the southeast parking lot. 

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) hosted several area teachers on November 19 for a demonstration of the AMS-5, the Armored Modular Solar power generator, capable of generating 5kW of energy. The AMS-5 was developed by privately owned Outpost Solar, LLC. As part of the demonstration, ORAU also collaborated with the teachers at the Center for Science Education classroom to discuss applications of this type of alternative energy source and how the teachers could integrate lessons about technologies such as these into their energy curriculum.

“Today’s demonstration of Outpost Solar’s AMS-5 solar array is a great example of what we mean by ‘building partnerships for innovation,’” said Eric Abelquist, ORAU’s executive vice president, “Our shared mission is to help fill the pipeline of scientists and engineers in the United States, and it all starts by helping students see the connection between their math and science classes and the exciting opportunities available in the clean energy sector.”

Demonstrations for area students and teachers about solar energy and the generator are planned over the next several weeks as part of a broader ORAU science education initiative.

Outpost Solar’s business development representative Stephen Rush explained to a group of area teachers and ORAU employees at the initial demonstration that the 24-panel, AMS-5 generator was designed especially for military use in the desert. At half the size of a regular storage unit, and weighing in well under a military helicopter’s weight limit, the generator can be moved easily. It’s cleaned with warm water and requires little other maintenance. It can be shut down and folded up in a matter of minutes by a single person, and the casing can take a bullet with hardly a dent. What’s more, when fully charged, this particular generator can last up to 5 full days/nights without being opened to the sun. “It’s soldier proof,” Rush said proudly.

The solar generator will be located at ORAU’s Center for Science Education through Dec. 17. For more information or to schedule a student and/or teacher demo, contact Marie Westfall at 865-576-3425 or

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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