MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
|Dr. James Fenton
It's time to start leveraging
the federal tax credits with Florida incentives!
In January, I gave a presentation in
Tallahassee to the Florida Senate Committee on Communications
and Public Utilities – the
state's "energy committee" -- in which
I suggested ways that Florida could leverage the new federal
tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency to dramatically
change our electric energy use.
New Presentation on Peak Oil and Global Warming
There is significant disagreement among the experts as to
how much oil we have left in the world, where it will come
from, and how soon we really have to worry about it running
out. FSEC's deputy director Philip Fairey has researched the
topic and put together information in a way that can be understood
and appreciated by both scientific and lay audiences. In his
presentation “Into the Storm: The Twin Challenges of
Peak Oil & Global Warming,” he challenges you to
think about peak oil and global warming and what they mean
to your future and your family’s future, as well as to
the future of our planet.
on Solar Water Heaters Now Online
A training video tutorial on how the International
Codes apply to solar domestic hot water systems has been produced
by FSEC to show building inspectors how solar systems work
and how the individual components function. The "Inspection
of Solar Water Heating Systems" tutorial is an hour-long
program, available online; it can be viewed as a complete project
or by an individual component sections.
Trane Award a Credit
to FSEC Researcher's Dehumidification Concept
|Dr. Charles Cromer
FSEC's Charlie Cromer developed and patented
the technology behind Trane's new CDQ™ (Cool Dry Quiet)
desiccant dehumidification HVAC system. The innovative system
that controls humidity as it controls cooling has won the 2006
Frost & Sullivan
Product Innovation Award for demonstrated excellence in new
products and technology. The Trane system controls humidity
at a substantial energy savings over alternative technologies.
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Develop Solar Water-Splitting Cycle for Hydrogen Production
|Olawale Adebiyi in FSEC's
(Photo: Nick Waters)
Hydrogen production from solar-driven thermochemical
water splitting cycles (TCWSCs) provides an approach that is
both energy-efficient and environmentally attractive. Of
particular interest are TCWSCs that utilize both thermal (i.e. high
temperature) and light (i.e. quantum) components of
the solar resource, boosting the overall solar-to-hydrogen
conversion efficiency compared to those with heat-only energy
Pilot Demonstration of LEED® Green Building Rating System™
FSEC has been chosen to administer the U.S.
Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program in Florida
as part of the council’s nationwide residential green
building pilot program. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) is a nationally recognized set of standards designed
to emphasize the environmental features of buildings and their
associated economic benefits. More than 80 builders around
the country, including 12 affordable housing developers, have
already registered projects in the LEED for Homes pilot.
Water Heating Manual Now Available on Web
Two of FSEC's most popular training manuals
have been combined and revised into a new edition called "Solar
Water and Pool Heating Manual: Design and Installation & Repair
and Maintenance." In addition to being rewritten to
include new material and an easier format for instruction,
the new book has been updated and posted on the web for use
by contractors, builders, home owners and others interested
in learning more about solar water heaters.
Really the "Sunshine State for Solar Energy?"
If Florida is the "Sunshine State,"
how come we don't use more solar energy than the Golden
State (California) or the Garden State (New Jersey)? Are
we really the Sunshine State?
We asked FSEC's Jennifer Szaro to give
us some idea how we really measure up in terms of the attractiveness
of our state for the development of a sustainable solar market. She
took a look at world solar resource maps and noted that Florida
ranks tenth in the continental U.S. for solar availability, so
it clearly is not just the amount of sunshine that dictates the
FSEC's First Fuel Cell Course
a Big Success!
|Fuel Cell Technology participants get
It was standing-room only during the laboratory
sessions at "The
2006 Short Course in Fuel Cell Technology," held at FSEC
February 5 – 8. Three days of presentations and
hands-on lab sessions were led by FSEC director Jim Fenton,
Kevin Cooper of Scribner Associates, Russ Kunz of the University
of Connecticut and Vijay Ramani of the Illinois Institute of