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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
|Dr. James Fenton
In preparing material recently for some proposals we are writing, I gathered some interesting information on the economic impact of renewable energy and energy efficiency on the people of Florida.
I knew that these fields had a pretty strong
impact on the state's economy, but until I saw some of the
numbers we collected, I really did not appreciate the tremendous
impact that we are making today and the even more dramatic
effects we can have in the future.
Assures Accuracy of Solar Radiation Measurements
|Setting up equipment for annual calibration.
FSEC staff calibrate all their instruments
on a regular basis so that temperature, flow and other variables
are correct when used. The importance of solar radiation
in FSEC’s work, along with the difficulty is setting
the standards, makes this one aspect of the program a little
Photocatalytic Algae Reduction to Help Homeowners
Algae growth can reduce the reflectivity
of white roofing material as shown here.
Photo: Nick Waters
In Florida, as well as in many other hot-climate
states, algae growth on the surface of the roofing material
causes the color to darken. Within a short time, the darker
color causes the reflectivity to drop to approximately half
of what it was, significantly impacting the capability of the
roof to keep the building cool and greatly increasing the amount
of energy needed to cool the building.
Now, there may be a new strategy using the
sun to get rid of that algae problem.
with Virgin Islands on PV System Quality Program
|PV array in John's Folly, Virgin Islands
Photo: Kevin Lynn
In 1999, the U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) contracted
with FSEC to establish a program to ensure that photovoltaic
systems met quality standards. FSEC’s Kevin Lynn
recently visited the islands to conduct a detailed analysis
of eight systems that have been installed as part of this program,
and his report provides an interesting look at the types of
projects that are suitable for remote locations.
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The Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP):
Energy and Advancing the State of the Art in Residential Construction.
Over the next five years, the BAIHP team will conduct cost-shared
research to accelerate the development and adoption of cost-effective,
saving strategies that can be widely implemented by factory
and site builders primarily in the hot-humid southeast as well
as in marine and cold climates of the Pacific Northwest. The
25 percent cost share for the DOE award will come from state
and industry groups.