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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Florida Could Be Bold and Take
Leadership in Transportation
|Dr. James Fenton
Florida has positioned itself for leadership
by taking steps to improve the state’s energy policies
as well as energy use and efficiency with Governor Crist’s
recent Climate Change Summit and Executive Orders. I was pleased
to participate in panels at the Summit, discussing solar energy
and energy efficiency. Also attending the Summit were Philip
Fairey, FSEC Deputy Director and Bob Reedy, Director of the Solar
Energy Division. The excitement and enthusiasm for what the Governor
was doing ran throughout the meeting.
Moves Florida Toward Emissions Reduction
On Friday July 13, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist
signed three executive orders that will move Florida to a national
leadership position in renewable energy, energy efficiency and
carbon emission reduction.
Building America Program Honors Two Florida Builders
Mr. Steve Chalk gets a first hand look
at an attic radiant barrier with Building America project
director Subrato Chandra.
When two Gainesville homebuilders were honored
by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in April for their commitment
to building energy-efficient homes, it was also public recognition
of FSEC, since the Center has led the Building America team that
works with these builders since 1999.
Research Contract Develops Process for Screening Storage Materials
FSEC researchers have been working on hydrogen
storage compounds for a number of years, looking at their properties
such as capacity, temperature at which hydrogen will be released
and so forth. Since there are a large number of possible
material combinations that can store hydrogen, it is important
to be able to screen and test these materials quickly. Thanks
to the support of the Navy, which is very interested in the use
of hydrogen, the project will develop a new device for testing
as many as 100 potential hydrogen storage materials or more in
just a few minutes.
Hydrogen Energy! Kid Energy!
Middle school students
work on their
hydrogen powered model car before the big race.
The EnergyWhiz Olympics at Florida Solar Energy
Center/University of Central Florida is focused on ENERGY! When
the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) opened its doors on the
morning of May 12, energy was buzzing throughout the building
and spilling out onto the campus. More than 300 students and
teachers, plus parents, friends and other family members, were
anxious for the games to begin. Students from elementary through
high school took part in the alternative fuel competitions, which
included solar car races, hydrogen fuel cell vehicle races and
a photovoltaic design competition called “Energy Innovations.”
The word "green" no longer just
describes a color but has come to represent an energy efficient
way of life. Apparently the times are a changin' – more
and more people are making their homes green and now the first
green-certified Habitat for Humanity (HFH) home in the state
is in Indian River County.