FIU and FPL Unveil One-Of-A-Kind Solar Research Facility

FIU and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today unveiled a new commercial-scale solar installation at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing – the only solar research facility of its kind that FPL has installed at a Florida university. The 1.4-megawatt solar array is comprised of more than 4,400 solar panels on canopy-like structures that […]

Bold Plan for Solar-Powered Babcock Ranch Development, Stalled By Recession, Hits Restart Button

A bold plan to build a new town in southwest Florida designed to run on solar power — sidelined by the recession a decade ago — hit the restart button Friday morning with a celebratory event announcing Babcock Ranch is back in business.

San Francisco just became the first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco may be known for its fog, but the city wants to turn the sunny days it does get into power for its buildings.

Duke Energy’s Mickey-Shaped Solar Farm Reaches Commercial Operation

A new Mickey Mouse inspired solar farm at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista Florida is now part of the resort’s growing environmental stewardship program.

UCF floats solar power, given limited land space

Electricity and water might seem like a risky mix but combining them at University of Central Florida could alter solar business and power a football stadium. A group of five mechanical engineering students has constructed a raft as a platform for solar panels. It floats on a retention pond near the school’s nearly decade-old stadium […]

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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 12 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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