NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Students and professors at Old Dominion University are helping design the future of electric power.
Associate professor of engineering Sylvain Marsillac and his students are leading research into how to tap renewable energy such as solar power in an efficient and economical way.
Media outlets report that the school is installing a solar tracking system complete with 24 energy-producing solar panels bolted onto a frame on the engineering building. The motorized system will tilt the panels to any angle, allowing them to follow the sun over the course of the day for maximum efficiency.
In addition, the researchers are testing new materials to develop the next generation of cheaper, more efficient panels.
ODU hopes to land a pilot solar-generation program planned by Dominion Virginia Power, which already kicked in $50,000.
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Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com at least three city school buses ran substantially late Wednesday afternoon, delivering children home several hours after dismissal.
Plans to enhance a popular park in Smithfield are on hold. Some people say City Council is trying to commercialize a natural and historic treasure, and leave them out of the loop.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
Hampton Fire units arrived at the scene of a residential fire in the 3800 block of Shell Road just after 6 p.m.
A police standoff at a Newport News home turned deadly Wednesday evening.