W2 Energy and the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy Collaborate on the Development and Testing of Cutting Edge Renewab

AzRISE is a global institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson whose mission is to transform science into large and small-scale solar energy solutions that are demonstrable and can transform individual lives.

W2 Energy will be shipping one of the Solar Bug solar-electric vehicles to AzRISE. AzRISE will test the Solar Bug and provide 3rd party certification of its operation and efficiency.

In addition to testing the Solar Bug, AzRISE, in collaboration with musicians and composers at the University of Arizona, will be performing musical pieces that promote solar energy. Several of the musicians will drive the Solar Bug to schools and community centers and will perform their music using power from the Solar Bug’s on-board batteries. The musicians will plug in their instruments, amplifiers and microphones into the Solar Bug’s 110 volt outlet.

"What a great real world example of the beauty and efficacy of solar power," says Joe Simmons, the Director of AzRISE. "We will play our songs about solar energy using solar energy."

W2 Energy, in collaboration with AzRISE, will be developing new solar energy technologies using concentrating solar power to generate steam and then using that solar-generated steam to drive W2 Energy’s SteamRay Steam Engine.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with AzRISE on a variety of renewable energy projects," says Michael McLaren, CEO of W2 Energy. "They have an abundance of sun there in Tucson and we are going to convert it into energy in lots of interesting ways."

AzRISE, a global institute at the University of Arizona, creates multi-disciplinary partnerships that integrate research, economics, public policy and education.Spanning academia, industry and government, these partnerships are creating the solar energy innovations essential to securing a sustainable future.

The Institute was created in 2007 to provide the leadership for selecting strategic directions for research, development and analysis, for enabling the formation of strategic teams and for guiding activities that will accelerate the adoption and deployment of solar energy in the state, nation and world.