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A Research Institute of the University of Central Florida Issue No. 8: July 2006

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Nahid Mohajeri (left), Darlene Slattery and Clovis Linkous are some of the researchers representing FSEC in the High Temperature Membrane
Working Group. Read the Message from the Director for more details.
Photo: Nick Waters


Commercial Buildings Under Attack from Uncontrolled
Air Flow
July 31–August 1

Installing Photovoltaic Systems
July 31–August 4

From Blueprints to Residential Energy Code Compliance
August 2
EnergyGauge Pro Hands-on
August 3
Window Options for Florida Residences
August 3
Checklist for Sustainable Development
August 4
Energy Gauge FlaCom I
August 7
EnergyGauge Commercial
Rater Training

August 8
Energy Efficient Florida
Home Building

August 9
Florida Green Home Designation
August 10

Diagnosing Moisture Problems
August 11

Energy Analysis for Obtaining Tax Credits & Energy-Efficient Mortgages
August 17, 24, 25
Residential HVAC as if Comfort and Energy Mattered
August 17, 24, 25
Florida Green Home Designation
August 29
Energy Gauge Rater Class 3
September 11
Energy Gauge Rater Class 2
September 12–13
Energy Gauge Rater Class 1
September 14–16
Energy Analysis for Obtaining Tax Credits & Energy-Efficient Mortgages
October 4, 5
Residential HVAC as if Comfort and Energy Mattered
October 4, 5



Dr. James Fenton
Dr. James Fenton

I’m pleased to let you know about an exciting new contract FSEC has received to lead research and development activity for the U.S. Department of Energy’s High Temperature, Low Relative Humidity Membrane Program. The high temperature membrane (<150ºC) is a key component of the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC). This fuel cell will be the engine of our automobiles of tomorrow.

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New FSEC Study Offers Strategies for Improving Air-Conditioner
Dehumidification Performance

A recent research project by Don Shirey and Richard Raustad of FSEC, assisted by former FSEC staff member Hugh Henderson, provides insight into understanding and quantifying the moisture removal performance of cooling coils at part-load conditions (e.g., when the compressor of a residential air conditioner cycles on and off), which under certain circumstances can dramatically reduce the system’s dehumidification ability and possibly even cause indoor air quality problems.

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Florida's Energy Act – Applications for Solar Incentives Are Now Available

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced the availability of applications for rebates and tax credits for purchase and installation of new solar equipment.

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Governor’s Hurricane Conference Features FSEC Programs on Renewables
and Sustainability

Satellite photo of Hurricane Fran next to Florida
Courtesy of NOAA

The words “hurricane season” have taken on new meaning for Floridians during the past two years. The state has been battered on all sides by some of the most destructive storms in history, and many new efforts have begun to prepare citizens for future storms.

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Student Hydrogen Sprint Competition “Takes the Green Flag” With Another Successful Program

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This year’s Hydrogen Sprint competition at FSEC brought more than 40 students from around the Southeast with nine hydrogen vehicles to compete in races and activities at the center in May. The students designed and built model-sized hydrogen vehicles that were powered by hydrogen fuel cells which used the energy from sunlight to break apart water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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NSF Funds “Basic Science” Hydrogen Storage Project

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National Science Foundation

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is giving FSEC researcher Darlene Slattery “a great opportunity to work on something that is just plain good science!”

Slattery is referring to the project called “Nanocrystalline Al-Mg Alloys for Hydrogen Storage,” a three-year, $300,000 effort she’s heading up with Dr. Fereshteh Ebrahimi of the University of Florida to look at the use of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage.

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