Power in your palm: ‘Smart trees’ installed in Dubai to offer WiFi and phone charging at the beach

Smart palm trees have been installed and are ready for use in Dubai this summer enabling beach goers and park visitors to have limitless power and internet access on their mobile phones. Soaking up the sun during the day, these state-of-the-art trees store energy to be discharged in the evening. On each tree, there are […]

Chinese company ‘builds’ 3D-printed villa in less than 3 hours

A pioneering 3D-printed house has popped up in Xian, China. Earlier this week, Chinese company ZhuoDa “built” a two-story villa in less than three hours. Made up of six 3D-printed modules, the house was assembled like LEGO bricks before a live audience who were then invited to explore the interior. The modular fireproof home can […]

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returns New technology beats current solar panel technology in life-cycle energy assessment

Solar panels are an investment — not only in terms of money, but also energy. It takes energy to mine, process and purify raw materials, and then to manufacture and install the final product. Silicon-based panels, which dominate the market for solar power, usually need about two years to return this energy investment. But for […]

Researchers from Israel and Florida awarded funding for biogas

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to improve the production of biogas that supplies farms’ energy needs. The goal of this project is to design guidelines for improved anaerobic digesters (biogas systems) for treatment in […]

4 Florida teams Competing for $2M in Prizes from the U.S. DOE ‘Wave Energy Prize’

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) wave energy competition is moving toward the next phase with 92 teams. The Wave Energy Prize is a design-build-test competition encouraging the development of better innovations for wave energy conversion (WEC) devices that will double energy capture. When this is achieved, costs will be reduced making wave energy more […]

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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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