Racing on Solar Energy with Appalachian State and VX Aerospace

June 2019 - “[ROSE] The second car built by Team Sunergy, Appalachian State University’s student-led solar vehicle team, was unveiled Friday, June 22, at the Holmes Convocation Center.

In early 2018, Appalachian’s Chief Sustainability Officer Lee F. Ball Jr. and Blakeley were invited to Beaufort by University of North Carolina System Board of Governors member Randall “Randy” Ramsey to meet his Jarrett Bay Boatworks team.

That visit led to a side trip to meet a carbon manufacturer in Little Washington — Jim Gardner — whose company, Compmillenia LLC, ultimately provided the composite seats for ROSE at a substantial discount.

Serendipitously, Gardner’s wife, Ginger — a senior editor at CompositesWorld, a trade magazine targeted to the global composites market — suggested they visit VX Aerospace.”

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