K-12 public schools can apply for energy education kits designed to develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The Energy Curricula and Learning Kits complement the Solar Matters (Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and Understanding Solar Energy (9-12) activity units developed by the Florida […]
Cleantech Incubator Licenses UCF-Developed Industry’s First Single-Module Three-Phase Microinverter for Solar Energy Systems
The industry’s first single-module three-phase microinverter, developed by researchers at the Florida Power Electronics Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has been licensed to MaxHarvest Microinverters, LLC, a subsidiary of GreenTech Endeavors, a Miami-based cleantech garage/incubator. Through research funded by the Department of Energy, the UCF-developed microinverter technology has the potential to significantly […]
Residential customers of Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities could see demand charges on their bills if they install rooftop solar panels under a new tariff structure being studied at the Corporation Commission. Staff for the commission’s public utility division held the last of four meetings Tuesday to discuss implementation of Senate Bill 1456, which went […]
California is already busy creating new regulations and market structures to integrate rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in electric vehicles and fast-acting demand response systems into its grid. This week, California’s grid operator took another step down this path — one that could allow these resources to tap the state’s grid markets as a revenue-generating resource, […]
Australian utilities are moving to combat the threat of revenue loss from residential energy storage by opting to supply batteries themselves. Three companies — Red Energy, Ergon Energy and ActewAGL — announced trials offering Panasonic battery systems. “Our customers are already showing interest in this technology, and if we don’t respond to what our customers […]
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.