FESC Educational Projects

Workforce Development

Title: Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)
PI: Marilyn Barger Research Interests and Contact Information
Description: FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center) will partner with FESC to develop statewide curriculum frameworks for technical A.S./A.A.S. degree programs supporting existing and new energy business sectors. FLATE will develop and have processed through the FLDOE the industry-validated student competencies of the frameworks. FLATE will also develop new courses required for each new program of study. Additionally FLATE will help state and community colleges implement the new frameworks in their institutions. To support the new curriculum, FLATE will work closely with the FESC Public Outreach and Industry Partnership programs to provide professional development opportunities for teachers and faculty to upgrade and update their knowledge base.
University: Hillsborough Community College
External Collaborators:Brevard Community College
Tallahassee Community College
Daytona State College
Central Florida Community College
Polk State College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Valencia Community College
School District Hillsborough County
Florida Department of Education – Division of Adult and Career Education
West Side Technical School
WFI Banner Center for Energy
Advanced Technology for Energy and Environment Center (ATEEC)
University of West Florida, Dept of Construction Technology
WFI Banner Center for Construction
WFI Banner Center for Alternative Energy
USF College of Engineering
Madison Area Technical College ATE project for Alternative Energy certifications
Milwaukee Area Technical College Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing Center (ECAM)
Florida Energy Workforce Consortium (FEWC)
TECO
Progress Energy
ISTEC (Ibero Science and Technology Education Consortium)
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report
May 2014 Progress Report

November 2013 Annual Report
May 2013 Progress Report
November 2012 Annual Report
May 2012 Progress Report
November 2011 Annual Report
May 2010 Progress Report
November 2010 Annual Report
May 2011 Progress Report

Higher Education

Florida International University

Cheng-Xian (Charlie) Lin
Title: Solar Energy Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications in Buildings
PI: Cheng-Xian (Charlie) Lin Research Interests and Contact Information
Description: This project develops a new online course in solar energy technologies, with emphasis on solar applications in buildings, taking account the unique solar resource and infrastructure in the state of Florida. The course will be offered completely online through the Blackboard Learn system. The course targets senior undergraduate students and entry level graduate students who study in FIU as well as other universities in the state of Florida. The course will be offered at least once a year. Students will earn 3 credit hours by taking the course in the Spring, Fall, and/or Summer semesters.
University: FIU
Project Start Date: 8/15/2014
Project Development Period: 1/31/2016
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report

Florida State University

 ordonez Title: Phase I: Educational Modules in support of Sustainable Energy Courses
PI: Juan C. Ordonez
Description:A series of educational modules on sustainable energy are proposed. The modules will be incorporated initially into existing courses in sustainable energy, thermal fluids and senior design at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and later components will be used in non-engineering courses on sustainable energy. The period of performance of this proposal is one year, and during this time modules and supporting material will be developed. The departments and centers involved are committed to give continuity to this effort. The midterm goal is that what is initiated in this project will progress towards a collection of modules that can be assemble into self-standing online courses with hundreds of students as well as hand-picked material to support courses in the energy field. The proposed modules emphasize on real systems and devices to elaborate on relevant aspects of sustainable energy, differing in this way from available online course material. In particular, we propose to develop the modules around FSU’s Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building (OGZEB), designed by FSU’s Energy and Sustainability Center (ESC) to serve as an energy efficient prototype for developing and testing cutting edge, sustainable energy technologies in both residential and commercial settings. The modules will refer to the OGZEB and use its systems to illustrate different concepts. This will provide continuity to the material, and motivate students through exposure to concrete systems.
University: FSU
Project Start Date: 1/1/2014
Project Development Period: 12/1/2016
May 2015 Progress Report
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opel_andy07 Title: Energy and Efficiency Video Public Service Announcements
PI: Andy Opel Research Interests and Contact Information
Co-PIs: Phil Steinberg, Leslie France-Patterson, Laura Arpan, Ian Weir
Description: This interdisciplinary team will produce 6-8 short (30-second/one-minute) video public service announcements (PSAs) that address issues of energy and efficiency and one 12-15 minute informational documentary targeted to Florida legislators and the Governor’s office. These videos will be tailored to reinforce existing IESES efforts.
Universities: FSU
This project has been completed
November 2011 Annual Report
May 2010 Progress Report
November 2010 Annual Report
May 2011 Progress Report
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Title:Climate Modeling and Outreach Activities
PI: Shawn R. Smith
Co-PIs: Steve Cocke, David Zierden, James O’Brien, Julie Harrington
Description: The objective of the planning grant is to develop at least one external funding proposal that focuses on areas of climate modeling and/or climate outreach that support the activities of the IESES. The focus of our activities has centered on evaluating the potential offshore wind resource in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere in Florida’s waters. Preliminary research has been completed using observations from instrumented Air Force towers and buoys in the waters around Florida. The existence of wind power capacity has been identified at the assessed locations. Due to the sparseness of in-situ wind data in the region, a numerical modeling approach will need to be pursued to develop a wind climatology with sufficient spatial and temporal scales to further define the offshore wind power capacity.A vast portion of the work conducted focused on outreach and education. When we began our project, the idea of offshore wind power in Florida was not even on the radar of the Florida Legislature or the renewable energy sector at large. We worked to raise the visibility of offshore wind as an energy resource for Florida by attending meetings, connecting with the wind power industry in Florida, and briefing two members of the Florida Legislature and presenting to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission. As a result of these connections, we submitted a preliminary proposal to Siemens Wind Power and have developed a network of colleagues both within FSU and the private sector that are interested in further developing Florida’s offshore wind resource.
University: FSU
External Collaborators: Mark Powell (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration)
This project has been completed
November 2011 Annual Report
May 2010 Progress Report
November 2010 Annual Report
May 2011 Progress Report
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Title:Visiting Law Professor
PI: JB Ruhl Research Interests and Contact Information , Jim Rossi
Co-PI: Uma Outka
Description: Two-year Visiting Scholar at the College of Law researching the interface between land use law and innovative energy solutions and delivering academic symposia and graduate student seminars on the research scope, comprising Sustainable Energy Research Project (SERP) within Environmental and Land Use Law Program.
University: FSU College of Law
This project has been completed
November 2011 Annual Report

Florida Polytechnic University

Dr. Ryan Integlia

Title: Renewable Energies and Sustainability Education
CO-PI’s: Dr. Ryan Integlia, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida Polytechnic University and Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, Physics/Innovation and Technology, Florida Polytechnic University
Team Participants: Mr. Gary Albarelli, Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Dr. Brian Birky, Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Dr. Jorge Vargas, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Jaspreet Dhau, Chemistry and Business
Dr. Sesha Srinivasan Description:This education project is aimed at developing a stand-alone course content accessibility, conducting competitions and workshop that can be offered to undergraduate and graduate students at the Florida Polytechnic University as an elective. The proposed course “Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability” (EEL 3287) is part of new discovery track of courses which will discuss a wide range of energy, sustainability and related applications, which will reflect on the various physical or online resources and how the hybridization of technologies will produce new opportunities for economic development. Some of the topics discussed include harvesting, renewability, sustainability, storage, materials utilization, renewable energy and sustainability entrepreneurship, smart grid and infrastructure integration. This course will create awareness and engagement of various renewable energy systems, technologies promoting sustainable, and economic development concepts supporting entrepreneurship among students and industry that impacts the workforce and the economy of Florida. Four undergraduate research projects in development at FL Poly are (i) 3D printing technology and Sustainability, (ii) smart solar electric vehicle, (iii) water purification using solar photocatalysis and (iv) hydrogen storage materials development for PEM fuel cells. This FESC funded educational project will have a positive impact on the academic community of undergraduate and graduate students and possibly general public, as well as potentially strengthening the research/curriculum capabilities of Florida Polytechnic University. This project will help the Florida Polytechnic University in establishing a track record in the field of STEM based research and also serve as a spring board to produce and solicit future grants for continuing research that will benefit our diverse student population.
University: FL Polytechnic University
Project Start Date: 11/1/2014
Project Development Period: 12/1/2016
This project was recently approved. The progress report will be provided in the November 2015 report.

University of Florida

Dr. Laura A. Sanagorski Warner Title: A Certificate Program to Enhance Sustainable Behavior Change Competencies for Educational Outreach Professionals
PI: Laura A. Sanagorski Warner, Ed.D. , Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, University of Florida/IFAS
Description:This project describes a certificate program targeting Extension and other educational outreach professionals. The intention of this educational offering is to improve the process of program delivery focused on sustainable behavior change. Ultimately, improved delivery strategies will increase the adoption of behavior change related to energy and other limited resource use. Behavior change is an important component of sustainability. When sharing information about environmental concerns, “simple education that invokes this information is often insufficient to move people to action” (Shaw, 2010, p. 109). Recognizing that most environmental challenges are caused by human behavior, it is critical to focus on encouraging changes in behavior over increasing knowledge alone (Bickman, 1972; Shaw, 2010). However, many approaches to behavior change require specialized skills that may not be immediately available to the educational practitioner.The goal of this project is to provide training on social marketing, a promising approach to behavior change (Rogers, 2003; Shaw, 2010). This educational program will be offered to environmental educators who work for a variety of institutions throughout Florida, including outreach professionals who work in Florida museums and Extension educators who encourage the sustainable use of energy, water, and other limited resources. The resulting product will be a certificate program for outreach professionals designed to enhance competencies to encourage behavior change among their audiences.Social marketing can be applied to many areas of environmental sustainability, including energy, water, climate change, and many other areas. Additionally, it can be used by many different entities that include Extension educators, museum outreach professionals, individuals, utility companies, energy companies, county governments, state government.It is anticipated that 50 educational outreach professionals throughout Florida will engage in this program during the project time frame. However, the impact will reach the thousands of individuals who are taught by these participants. The online nature of this project will allow us to expand our reach nationwide in subsequent years.
University: UF
Project Start Date: 11/1/2014
Project Development Period: 3/1/2016
May 2015 Progress Report
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Hostetler_372 Title:Unifying Home Asset & Operational Ratings: Adaptive Management via Open Data & Participation
PI: Mark Hostetler
Co-PI: Hal S. Knowles
External Collaborators: Larry Liebovitch (Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Department of Psychology, Queens College City University of New York), Nick Taylor (Ph.D. Student, UF School of Natural Resources & Environment), Jennison Kipp (Assistant In, UF Program for Resource Efficient Communities)
Description:Recent environmental, social, and economic challenges are fostering a wave of interest in maximizing energy efficiency and conservation (EE+C) in existing U.S. homes. Long standing programs, ratings, and metrics are being reapplied into new stimulus initiatives such as the Recovery through Retrofit program. Simultaneously, electric and gas utilities are expanding their demand side management (DSM) programs from weatherization and conventional technology replacement incentives to include conservation behavior campaigns with “recommendation algorithms” designed to assist in homeowner energy retrofit decision making. Furthermore, loan programs are emerging to address the financial barriers that commonly limit initiation of the necessary retrofits.Collectively, these approaches most often project future home energy performance based on engineering models of the physical characteristics of homes (i.e., “asset ratings”). Yet to date, the marketplace is inadequately integrating historical household energy consumption patterns (i.e., “operational ratings”) into the decision tree to optimize retrofit program efficacy and consumer benefits. Moving toward the unification of asset and operational ratings is crucial for successful program management, proper monitoring/measurement/verification (MMV), loan risk assessment, and for the persistence of reduced home energy use over time. However, unification will not be easy. This research project combines qualitative and quantitative research methods in social science and building science using Florida case studies to evaluate the opportunities and constraints of asset and operational rating unification and the steps necessary to get there. Relationships between our project and the collaborative, transparent, and participatory nature of “open government” initiatives are also being explored.
University: UF
Project Start Date: 1/1/2011
Project Development Period: 9/30/2014
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report
May 2014 Progress Report
November 2013 Annual Report
May 2013 Progress Report
November 2011 Annual Report
May 2011 Progress Report
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Mark Jamison Title: Public Utility Economics: International Infrastructure with Focus on Energy Sustainability in Florida and the Nation
PI: Mark A. Jamison Research Interests and Contact Information
Co-PI: Colin Knapp
Description: This project creates a 4 credit hour elective course on energy sustainability offered by the Economics Department to be taught in the Warrington College of Business Administration (WCBA), a non-credit course offered online, and a video archive that can be used for multiple purposes, including allowing future UF students to access the course online if there are sufficient resources.
University: UF
Project Start Date: 1/1/2014
Project Development Period: 8/1/2015
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report
May 2014 Progress Report
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Prabir Barooah  Title: Buildings and Energy: Design and Operation Vs. Sustainability
PI: PRABIR BAROOAH Research Interests and Contact Information
Co-PI: DUZGUN AGDAS, RAVI SRINIVASAN
Description: Energy topic is more of a national priority than it ever was because of ever increasing commodity prices and reliance on dwindling fossil fuel imports coupled with the all time high public awareness of environmental responsibility. Building sector is the largest consume of energy in the US and the State of Florida. A complex combination of building design, operation practices and climate induced characteristics, building energy efficiency is an intriguing topic of discussion for numerous stakeholders. A typical energy use by Florida households is 40% higher than the U.S. average. In sharp contrast to some of the other states, electricity accounts for 90% of all energy use in Florida prompting large scale import of fossil fuels due to lack of local resources. Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics show 52% of all energy was used by residential and commercial sectors1. As energy is resources are dwindling, it is crucial to proactively seek ways to improve new and existing buildings’ energy efficiency2. To achieve higher standards in building design and operation, a solid foundation of energy engineering and sustainability principles is essential. Currently, there are no courses offered to students or industry professionals with a distinct focus on energy in built environment, specifically for the design and operation in Florida’s distinct climate conditions. This project aims to fill this void through the development of an interdisciplinary energy engineering course for Florida-specific building design and operation by drawing from in-house faculty expertise from various departments. The suggested course builds essential knowledge of building energy and sustainability, and provides necessary background to analyze building energy demand and possible savings. The expected outcome of this large impact educational activity includes an on-campus course (typical class size of 60 students) and an online, video-based course for students and industry professional across the U.S. and, particularly, in the state of Florida with no limit to seat numbers.
University: UF
Project Start Date: 1/1/2014
Project Development Period: 5/31/2015
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report

May 2014 Progress Report
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Phase I
Title: UFTR Digital Control System Upgrade for Education and Training of Engineers and Operators
PI: Alireza Haghighat
Description: The goal of this project is to contribute to a major initiative on design, licensing and construction of a fully digital control system for the University of Florida Training Reactor (UFTR). This makes the UFTR the first operating nuclear power plant in the United States that uses a fully digital control system. This facility will provide for the training and education of the necessary workforce in the area of digital control and instrumentation for nuclear reactors. With this effort, a new focus/certificate on digital control and instrumentation will be developed at the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering (NRE) Department. Further, the UFTR facility will offer training courses for community colleges (Central Florida, Indian River, and Jacksonville) in the State of Florida, personnel from nuclear utilities and government agencies including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The project has already received significant funding from industry and government in form of grants, contracts, equipment/systems, and engineers’ time.
University: UF
External Collaborators: Several engineers from AREVA NP Inc & Siemens Corporation
November 2011 Annual Report
May 2010 Progress Report
November 2010 Annual Report
May 2011 Progress Report

Kelly Jordan

Phase II

Title: Equipment Support for the University of Florida Training Reactor Digital Controls Upgrade Project

PI: Kelly A. Jordan Research Interests and Contact Information

Description: The UFTR proposes to implement the first-ever fully digital control and safety system at a nuclear reactor in the United States. This is the key piece in a full renovation of the facility, which has been in operation since 1959. This upgrade will replace the analog system with a digital control system from Siemens Energy. This facility will provide for the training and education of the necessary workforce in the area of digital control and instrumentation for nuclear reactors. The upgrade ensures that the UFTR is on a footing to continue its research and education missions over the next decades, and will open up new revenue streams to put it on a sustainable financial path. The reactor will not be operational again until completion of the project in 2.5 years. As part of this project, the UFTR requests $45,000 of financial support from FESC for critical infrastructure equipment.  Follow this link for updated information.

University: UF

Project Start Date: 2/1/2013

Project Development Period: 1/31/2014

This project has been completed.

November 2014 Annual Report
May 2014 Progress Report
November 2013 Annual Report
May 2013 Progress Report
November 2012 Annual Report
May 2012 Progress Report

University of South Florida

Philippidis Title: Renewable Energy Education program at USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability
PI: George Philippidis Research Interests and Contact Information
Co-PI: Ali Yalcin, Yogi Goswami
Description: Given this strong national and international outlook for renewable energy and Florida’s rich natural assets of year-round warm weather, sunshine, and biomass (top generator in the US), the State has a unique opportunity to become a national leader in the development of sustainable power and fuels. A key component of such an undertaking is the specialized education required to prepare a green workforce, a workforce capable of running and managing the green economy. Professionals skilled in sustainable practices and renewable energy are already in high demand by companies as they diversify into the solar, wind, and biomass sectors and by technology innovators developing the next generation of solar cells, biofuels and green hydrocarbons from biomass and algae, and batteries [http://jobs.biofuelsdigest.com]. Our goal is to place USF and the State of Florida in a position to educate, train, and prepare students for the green jobs of today and tomorrow. With the requested financial support from FESC, we will develop a new fully on-line concentration area in renewable energy for our existing M.A. in sustainability.
University: USF
Project Start Date: 1/1/2014
Project Development Period: 7/31/2015
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report

May 2014 Progress Report

University of West Florida

Ramachandran

Title: Introducing Specialization in “Sustainable Energy System” for Under-Graduate Students in Engineering at the University of West Florida
PI: Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran Research Interests and Contact Information
Co-PI: Muhammad H Rashid
Description: The objective of this project is to introduce a specialization in “Sustainable Energy Systems” for Undergraduate Engineering students at the University of West Florida that could also be used to educate industry professionals towards workforce development. The courses have been designed from the perspective of energy system planning, a subject that has always been complex and evolving rapidly during the past 10-15 years to accommodate dramatic changes in the industry. These changes include the ongoing transformation of the nation’s generation portfolio from being heavily dependent on fossil fuels to one that is heavily dependent on renewables (especially wind and solar) and the need for operating competitive electricity markets.
University: UWF
Project Start Date: 1/1/2014
Project Development Period: 12/31/2015
May 2015 Progress Report
November 2014 Annual Report

May 2014 Progress Report