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Power Steering for the Sun

Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw will use its electronic power steering expertise to follow the sun. The SunSteer is a solar tracking actuator that can position solar arrays to follow the sun’s progression during the day. It utilizes a high-efficiency ball screw-and-ball nut combination requiring no hydraulic fluids. High performance vehicle coatings reduce corrosion and provide for 20+ years of operation. The ability to track the sun enhances the capacity factor for solar panels and makes their energy more valuable than that electricity generated from static solar panels.

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...