Pittsburgh Technology Council Tripping on Energy Road Tour “Vines”

Here are some quick highlights of the Pittsburgh Technology Council “Tripping on Energy” Road Tour with CONSOL Energy yesterday. We had a blast exploring some of our region’s top technology and energy companies. Look for more video, pics and updates culminating with a cover story in the upcoming August Energy issue of TEQ magazine.

PTC Plans Energy Independence Road Trip with CONSOL!

We'll drive this Chevy Volt around SWPA to tour our top energy and tech companies.

We’ll drive this Chevy Volt around SWPA to tour our top energy and tech companies.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is partnering with CONSOL Energy Inc.  to reveal how some of the top companies in southwestern Pennsylvania are helping to lead the United States to energy independence. Whether it’s advanced materials, energy production, energy infrastructure, or advanced IT, southwestern Pennsylvania is at the epicenter of all things energy.

This will be demonstrated via a road trip using an energy-efficient Chevy Volt. While working with Chevy at its 2011 CIO of the Year Awards to unveil the Volt the Tech Council learned that several local companies played a role in the car’s development including ANSYS, Bayer MaterialScience, ALCOA and Kennametal. The Tech Council’s own Jonathan Kersting as ‘Johnny Volt’ will drive one of CONSOL Energy’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on a tour to visit five companies around Pittsburgh that are notably energy and environmentally conscious, and are developing technologies, products and services that are helping the region move toward energy independence.

“The Tech Council is honored to partner with CONSOL Energy in this effort,” said Audrey Russo, President and CEO of the PTC. “The region is an epicenter of energy awareness and we’re pleased to highlight the local companies that are helping the United States become more energy independent. Nothing is more American than energy independence and a road trip in a Chevy.”

The tour begins at CONSOL Energy Headquarters on Wednesday, July 17 and the schedule is as follows:

  • 7:30 AM   Depart CONSOL Energy HQ
  • 8:15 AM   ANSYS
  • 9:15 AM    U.S. Steel Corporation R&D Lab (Waterfront)
  • 10:45 AM PPG Industries
  • 11:30 AM-1:45 PM Lunch at Sonic in Bridgeville
  • 1:45 p.m.  LANXESS
  • 2:30 p.m.  Bayer MaterialScience
  • 3:30 p.m.  Back at CONSOL Energy HQ

The Volt Tour will make various stops around town – Homestead Pump House, Oakland “Innovation Zone” w/ Dippy the Dinosaur, the fountain at Point State Park and random gas stations for snacks – so that people will have opportunities to tweet a photo and win prizes. During the tour, locations will be tweeted from #ConsolVolt, and anyone who tweets a photo of the Volt or re-tweets any of the #ConsolVolt tweets will be in the running for free Pirates tickets and free Lynyrd Skynyrd concert tickets, courtesy of CONSOL Energy. Photos and videos of the journey will appear on Facebook and Twitter.

“Alternative fuel vehicles, including both electric and natural gas vehicles, showcase the innovative spirit and commitment that built this country and sustains our high standard of living,” commented Steve Winberg, Vice President Research & Development, CONSOL Energy.  “We are excited to be taking the show on the road and sharing with our southwestern Pennsylvania communities.”

TechVibe Radio: Learn How Loud Mountain is Revolutionizing Your Job Search

Be sure to tune in to TechVibe Radio this Saturday at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

Loud Mountain is going to tell you how its technology is turning the job search industry on its head through the use of social media. Bayer MaterialScience will give you a taste of some of the innovation happening in its Pittsburgh labs. And let’s not forget about Consol Energy. They’re hiring. We’ll tell you for what!
Hosted by the PTC’s CEO Audrey Russo and Director Visibility Initiatives Jonathan Kersting, TechVibe is on the air every Saturday at noon bringing you interviews and conversations from the Pittsburgh region’s fast-moving technology and entrepreneurial communities.

Stream TechVibe Radio on www.wpgb.com or iHeart Radio.
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TechVibe Radio: Technology Infiltrates Energy and Healthcare

Be sure to tune in to TechVibe Radio this Saturday at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

Consol Energy will talk about the vast amount of energy that comes out of SWPA and how technology plays a role in its safe and responsible production.

Highmark will tell you how electronic health records are improving patient care across its operations.

Hosted by the PTC’s CEO Audrey Russo and Director Visibility Initiatives Jonathan Kersting, TechVibe is on the air every Saturday at noon bringing you interviews and conversations from the Pittsburgh region’s fast-moving technology and entrepreneurial communities.

Stream TechVibe Radio on www.wpgb.com or iHeart Radio.
Missed a previous broadcast? We have a massive library of podcasts right here.

TechVibe Radio is sponsored by Chorus Call, Consol Energy, EyeFlow, The Hartford, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

HP’s Ray Lane, Service Express and Consol Set to Appear on TechVibe Radio

Be sure to tune in to TechVibe Radio this Saturday at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

Hosted by the PTC’s CEO Audrey Russo and Director Visibility Initiatives Jonathan Kersting, TechVibe is on the air every Saturday at noon bringing you interviews and conversations from the Pittsburgh region’s fast-moving technology and entrepreneurial communities.

This Saturday, we have an interview with HP’s Ray Lane from his visit to Pittsburgh last month. Also joining us behind the mic are Service Express and Consol Energy.

Service Express recently established a Pittsburgh office to maintain local businesses’ servers and systems. Consol will talk about the latest around its research and development efforts.

Stream TechVibe Radio on www.wpgb.com or iHeart Radio.

Missed a previous broadcast? We have a massive library of podcasts right here.

TechVibe Radio is sponsored by Chorus Call, Consol Energy, EyeFlow, The Hartford, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield