April Monthly Training - Backup and Emergency Power for First Responders

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Anne Arundel County: Office of Emergency ManagementSo

7480 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE. THIS AAACERT TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AUDITORIUM!

Clean solar power can now be used efficiently to provide a renewable power source for emergency power. Improvements in solar panel and battery storage technology allow for the replacement or augmentation of generators and heavy iron power supplies with equipment that weighs 10% as much. In addition, improvements to Electric Vehicles (EVs) provide great options for field use, reducing or eliminating the logistics associated with fuel resupply.

Join us as Bob Bruninga discusses these emerging technologies and methods for harnessing solar as an alternative power source during emergencies and disasters.

About the Speaker:

Bob Bruninga participated in the development of the AX.25 protocol for amateur radio in 1978 and began operating a triple port BBS (Bulletin Board Service) on HF, VHF, and phone in 1983. This evolved into the Automatic Packet Reporting Protocol (APRS) allowing digital information to be shared quickly with all digital stations at once. Bob has always been interested in the field of emergency power for communications and in 2007 began converting salvaged batteries from Priuses for field power. He accomplished this by adding solar panels and a solar trailer. Bob's home is now 100% solar energy powered, and he drives an EV (electrically powered vehicle). Effectively, all of his energy comes from the sun, at home and in the field. Bob has written extensively about AX.25 protocol for radio, APRS, and alternative (solar) energy and has recently published a book with the ARRL on the topic. The book is not only appropriate for Amateur Radio but applicable to emergency responders, Search and Rescue, CERT, and others who may need power when the power grid is down or in remote areas.


NOTE: Free parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). An elevator is available as well as stairs. OEM is a secure building, requiring someone to provide you access. "Doors open" at 6:30pm. Please try to arrive before 7:00pm. If traffic or other circumstances delay your arrival, there is a call button next to the front door. Please be patient and someone will come out to let you in.

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Anne Arundel County: Office of Emergency ManagementSo

7480 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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