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October 18, 2012 meeting in Roanoke

Being energy independent in the 21st Century
practical solutions to adapting your home and vehicle

Presented by:

Mark Hanson, Senior Electrical En
gineer, Synchrony


With the rising cost of energy, it is becoming more attractive to be more energy independent. Integrating solar and wind technologies into new-construction or existing homes will be discussed, as well as gasoline-to-electric vehicle conversions. Additionally, opportunities to get involved in the Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicle Association (REEVA) will be discussed (see for more information). The Do-It-Yourself theme will be evident as several projects and practical solutions are presented.


Mark Hanson is a Senior Electrical Engineer with the Synchrony Business Unit of Dresser-Rand in Salem, VA, a manufacturer of magnetic bearings. Mr. Hanson has designed a variety of circuits to support the magnetic bearing platform to include power supplies. Aside from his design work at Synchrony and his passion for enabling people to become more energy independent, Mr. Hanson has also taught coursework on the topic of wind turbines at Dabney Lancaster Community College.

Meeting Details:
Thursday October 18, 2012
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc)

Holiday Inn Roanoke
3315 Ordway Dr.
Roanoke, VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn Roanoke:

From I-81, take exit 143 onto I-581 South

Take exit 3W, Hershberger Road West, towards Home Depot.

Turn right at the first traffic light onto Ordway, and go past WDBJ7, Zaxbys and Big Lots. The Holiday Inn is on your right.

Reservations: RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, Oct 15, 2012.
Please specify the number of attendees.

Joe Hartwell, or
John Dilley,
Continuing Education Credit Hours:
One Continuing Education Credit Hour will awarded to professional engineers (licensed in Virginia) who participate in the meeting.
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