USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel

$105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program LAS VEGAS, Sept. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has closed on a loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery to produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste.

Project LIBERTY Biorefinery Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Project LIBERTY, the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock, announced the start of production today. Once operating at full, commercial-scale, the biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year – enough to avoid approximately 210,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.   

BOEM Issues First Renewable Energy Lease for Marine Hydrokinetic Technology Testing

As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it has issued a lease to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for marine hydrokinetic technology testing offshore Florida to evaluate the use of turbines powered […]

FSU Researchers Win Financial Support to Help Move Inventions Closer to Market

Three Florida State University researchers are getting some extra cash to help steer their cutting edge work to the marketplace. Researchers Alexey Kovalev, Branko Stefanovic and Mei Zhang received a combined $62,000 to help further their work on a more effective bullet-proof glass alternative, a new anti-fibrotic drug and an innovative nanocarbon foam material through […]

Technology Transfer Brings “More Than Money” to University Communities

Just how valuable is “technology transfer” for universities? This question is addressed in “More than Money: The Exponential Impact of Academic Technology Transfer,” an article from the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) that examines the impact of landmark 1980 legislation that facilitated technology transfer from the academic inventors’ “bench” to commercialization and the far-reaching and […]

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FESC Bringing Energy Solutions to Florida, the Nation and the World

The Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) was created by the Florida State government to promote collaboration among the energy experts at its 11 supported universities to share energy-related expertise. The consortium assists the state in the development and implementation of an environmentally compatible, sustainable, and efficient energy strategic plan. The Consortium was charged to ‘perform research and development on innovative energy systems that lead to alternative energy strategies, improved energy efficiencies, and expanded economic development for the state‘. The legislature appropriated funding for research at five of the universities as well as support for education, outreach, and technology commercialization. The Consortium reports to and provides guidance on an as needed basis to the Florida Legislature, Executive Office of the Governor, and the Florida’s Office of Energy housed in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Overarching to the Consortium’s research strategy is an energy systems approach to identify innovation opportunities, prepare an energy workforce, and guide economic development.

Through collaborative research and development across the State University System and the industry, the goal of the consortium is to become a world leader in energy research, education, technology, and energy systems analysis. In so doing, the consortium shall:

(a)  Coordinate and initiate increased collaborative interdisciplinary energy research among the universities and the energy industry.

(b)  Assist in the creation and development of a Florida-based energy technology industry through efforts that would expedite commercialization of innovative energy technologies by taking advantage of the energy expertise within the State University System, high-technology incubators, industrial parks, and industry-driven research centers.

(c)  Provide a state resource for objective energy systems analysis.

(d)  Develop education and outreach programs to prepare a qualified energy workforce and informed public.


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