Energy Systems Network Names Heritage Environmental Services CEO and Hoosier Energy CEO to its Board of Directors

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00February 11, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2020) - Energy Systems Network (ESN), Indiana’s industry-driven clean technology initiative, has elected two new members to its board of directors. Jeff Laborsky, president and CEO of Heritage Environmental Services, and Donna Walker, president and CEO of Hoosier Energy, are the latest additions to ESN’s diverse board. “ESN welcomes two exceptional leaders to our Board of Directors,” said Doug Esamann, ESN Board chair and Duke Energy executive vice president Energy Solutions, president of Midwest and Florida Regions and president Natural Gas Business. “After celebrating 10 years in 2019, ESN is very fortunate to continue its efforts to bring new energy innovations to Indiana with two valuable and experienced industry leaders. Jeff and Donna bring diverse and unique perspectives and a network of relationships that stretch across the globe.” Led by Laborsky since 2012, Heritage Environmental Services is [...]

ESN and Dallara release autonomous race car concepts for Indy Autonomous Challenge competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2021-04-05T16:50:15-04:00December 11, 2019|

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 11, 2019) – Dallara, Energy Systems Network (ESN) and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), today unveiled conceptual renderings of the autonomous Dallara-built race car that will be used by university race teams in the Indy Autonomous Challenge at IMS throughout 2021. The Indy Autonomous Challenge is a $1 million prize competition among universities to create software that enables self-driving Indy Lights race cars to compete in a head-to-head, high-speed autonomous vehicle race at IMS. The development of such software can help speed the commercialization of highly autonomous vehicles and enhance existing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in people-driven cars. These technologies help drivers remain in control and avoid accidents by prompting awareness and improving accuracy. Dallara designed the concepts for the autonomous version of its 210 mph IL-15 race car at its world headquarters in Parma, [...]

IIB: Indy Autonomous Challenge good for Indiana

2021-01-12T17:37:10-05:00November 14, 2019|

On November 5, 2019, Energy Systems Network (ESN), the energy technology initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a two-year, $1 million prize competition that will culminate in a head-to-head, high-speed autonomous vehicle race on October 23, 2021 around the Speedway's famed 2.5-mile oval, which also plays host to the Indianapolis 500. ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell and IMS President Doug Boles talked with Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick about the Indy Autonomous Challenge and why it has so many benefits for Indiana including highlighting the state's innovation, business attraction and talent retention and attraction. [WATCH] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, ESN, IMS)

Podcast – ESN- How Indiana is advancing energy technology

2021-04-05T16:51:28-04:00August 9, 2019|

Renewable energy and other innovations are critical to securing a clean energy future. How is Indiana advancing energy technology? As part of the AgriNovus Indiana's Ag+Bio+Science podcast, Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell talked with Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick about the topic. This podcast is part of the CICP 20th Anniversary miniseries. [LISTEN] (Sources: AgriNovus Indiana, Energy Systems Network)  

Autonomous vehicle experts gather at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to envision self-driving racecar challenge

2021-04-05T16:50:15-04:00May 23, 2019|

ESN Director of Mobility Matt Peak and ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell address leading autonomous vehicle technology researchers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to explore the potential for a global autonomous vehicle competition to be hosted in Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2019) The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Energy Systems Network (ESN), the advanced energy technology initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), are hosting some of the world’s leading autonomous vehicle technology researchers at the Racing Capital of the World on Thursday, May 23 to explore the potential for a global autonomous vehicle competition to be hosted in Indianapolis. Nearly 15 years ago, the DARPA Grand Challenge gave birth to the modern-day autonomous vehicle (AV) industry by awarding a $1 million prize to the team that could first complete a 132-mile course in the southwestern U.S. [...]

Energy Systems Network issues comprehensive report on the evolution, future of transportation sector

2021-04-05T16:50:15-04:00April 2, 2019|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2019) Energy Systems Network (ESN) released a report that examines market trends, opportunities, and future implications of the evolving advanced mobility sector, which includes a variety of transportation modes such as cars, transit buses, scooters, and bicycles. Emerging Mobility Technologies and Trends is a comprehensive review and discussion of the evolution of the transportation and mobility industry, from the 20th century’s orientation toward roadways and personal automobiles; to vehicles’ current advancements propelled by electrification, automation, and sharing; to the emergence of “micromobility” (such as bikes or scooters) and other functional modes and business models, including Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) models that offer a variety of transportation solutions based on the consumer’s specific needs through one platform. ESN’s Director of Mobility, Matt Peak, is the author of the report. Peak’s background includes about 20 years’ experience in catalyzing emerging transportation [...]

Indiana’s Battery Innovation Center to become first commercial testing facility for certification of new energy grid language

2021-04-05T16:50:15-04:00March 25, 2019|

The Battery Innovation Center was started by CICP energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network. INDIANAPOLIS (March 25, 2019) The Battery Innovation Center (BIC), a testing and evaluation lab for energy storage systems in southern Indiana, has announced its commitment in becoming the first commercially accredited test laboratory for grid devices, systems, and applications to certify interoperability conformance to the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) framework standard. The OpenFMB interoperability framework is a standard ratified in 2016 by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).  It enables traditional grid-edge operational assets and distributed energy resources – such as solar photovoltaics, energy storage systems, and microgrids – to quickly and securely communicate with each other in the field regardless of each device’s local communications protocols. This interoperability framework will help the energy grid operate more efficiently – delivering better performance to customers [...]

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