Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, October 29, with a free Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center in Cocoa.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles on display
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
photo of a solar water heating demonstration
Energy Exhibits

Learn about:

  • home energy-saving tips
  • information on tax incentives and rebates
  • ways to use solar energy for emergencies and disaster relief
  • renewable energy technologies, including hydrogen and fuel cells.

Activities include:

  • informal chat sessions with researchers
  • a variety of videos on energy
  • tours around the center
  • displays of alternative-fueled vehicles
  • solar model car demonstrations
  • solar cooking
  • entertainment.

The event is free and open to the public, so come out and bring your questions on energy to talk with the experts. The event will be held rain or shine.

Check out our tenative schedule below and check back for more details as they become available.



10:00 Welcome from Cocoa Mayor Michael Blake



FSEC History -
David Block

Meet at front of building

On-going throughout the day:

  • Race the Sun interactive demonstration
  • Solar Portal
  • UV Bead Bracelets
  • Solar Car demonstrations
  • Solar Cooking
  • Helping Hands craft project
  • Photovoltaic wash station
  • Hydrogen Rocket Launch
  • Face Painting
  • Solar Hot Water Heating exhibits
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Cambridge Chorus
11:00 Home Energy Savings I - Janet McIlvaine
Hydrogen Sprint - Model Hydrogen Cars designed and built by High School students *
11:30 Solar Electricity - The Tax Incentives -
Jennifer Szaro
Talk to a researcher about energy efficiency in your home **
12:00 Disaster Relief and Renewable Energy - Instant Electricity with Photovoltaics -
Bill Young
Junior Solar Sprint - Model Solar Cars designed and built by Middle School students *
Meet at front of building
1:00 FSEC - the Next 30 Years -
Jim Fenton
Renewable Energy Videos *
1:30 Hydrogen 101 -
Clovis Linkous
Talk to a researcher about energy efficiency in your home **
2:00 Home Energy Savings II
- Jeff Sonne
Renewable Energy Videos *
Meet at front of building
3:00 Solar Water Heating -
John Harrison
Talk to a researcher about energy efficiency in your home **

*     Room 102 - off of the main lobby
**   Manufactured Housing Lab behind main building

FSEC is located on the Cocoa campus of Brevard Community College/UCF at
1679 Clearlake Road. Click here for a map and directions.


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