12 February 2010


General Frank Akers to represent Sunovia’s LED lighting products to US government

Sunovia Energy Technologies Inc of Sarasota, FL, USA, which is commercializing cadmium telluride on silicon (CdTe/Si) solar technology as well as LED lighting products, says that General Frank Akers is to represent Sunovia’s LED lighting products for sales to the US government (including the military).

Sunovia recently announced a 1100-fixture contract with the Camp Lejeune Marine base in North Carolina for the installation of its proprietary EvoLucia-brand cobra head LED light fixtures.

Dr Akers is currently president & CEO of Oak Ridge Strategies Group Inc (ORSG), a Small Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) company specializing in technology discovery, exploitation of disruptive technologies, customer relationship development, and strategic planning.

Previously, Akers was associate laboratory director for National Security at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), responsible for managing a focused R&D portfolio that included nonproliferation and threat reduction, arms and export control, homeland security, and counter-terrorism technologies for the US National Nuclear Security Administration and the US Department of Energy. Akers also coordinated ORNL activities with the US Department of Defense and other federal agencies with a mission involving national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and public safety.

After retiring from the US Army as a Brigadier General and prior to joining UT-Battelle, Akers served as VP, Advanced Technologies, for BWXT Y-12 LLC, and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, where he had leadership and management responsibilities for business units with a technical focus that included the National Prototype Center, Advanced Computing Technologies (ACT), Advanced Infrastructure Management Technologies (AIMTech), National Security Program Office (NSPO), and Oak Ridge Centers for Manufacturing Technology (ORCMT).

“Sunovia has hit the nail on the head with its proprietary Aimed Optics LED lighting platform,” says Akers. “The LED is typically the most expensive component in roadway luminaires, and aiming the LEDs to achieve the required photometric will allow Sunovia to offer virtually any LED lighting fixture at prices that will be difficult to compete with,” he adds.

Akers will play a critical role in the execution of Sunovia’s Government sales strategy, says president Bob Fugerer. “His knowledge, experience and resources will be vital as we further penetrate the governmental and military markets.”

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