FAMU Awarded More Than 1.3 Million in USDA Grants

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been award three grants worth more than $1.3 million from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 

FAU’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center Successfully Tests Research Turbine Offshore

Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) recently conducted the first at-sea tests of its ocean current research turbine offshore Fort Pierce. Two, one-hour tow tests provided researchers with new data on the turbine’s behavior for further design, development and validation.

FSU MagLab Researchers Make Superconducting Breakthrough

Researchers at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) have invented a groundbreaking new way to process superconducting material – one that makes it far more useful for building high-powered magnets for facilities like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which was instrumental in proving the existence of the God particle.

Stanford Scientist Unveils 50-State Plan to Transform U.S. Energy Use to Renewable Resources

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson has developed a 50-state road map for transforming the United States from dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.  He unveiled the plan on Feb. 15 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.

SPACE FLORIDA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ANNOUNCE TECH BUSINESS COMPETITION

The “CAT5 Awards,” (which stands for “Capital for the Acceleration of Technologies in early stage companies) will showcase 10 selected companies in an event that will enable them to present their business cases to venture capitalists, angel investors and financiers, among others. In addition to having the opportunity to present to potential funding sources, the […]

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Abstract Deadline:  March 24, 2014

Note:  FESC will financially support the hotel expenses for up to 84 oral presenters from academia.  In addition, on a first-come, first-serve basis, FESC will financially support the hotel expenses for up to 66 poster presenters and attendees from academia including students. Students will share hotel rooms with other student attendees.

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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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Florida Cleantech Acceleration Network (FL CAN)

The Florida Cleantech Acceleration Network (FL CAN) links Florida-based universities, incubation networks, investors and industry resources together to create a network of Proof of Concept centers to accelerate the creation and commercialization of innovative clean technology research into new technology companies or to license into existing firms.

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