Senior Research Engineer
B.S., Electronic Engineering Technology
Interamerican University, San Juan, P.R. 1985
Carlos Colon has been a member of the research facility at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) since December of 1989. After graduating from the Interamerican University in 1985, Carlos completed various computer and engineering courses at the University of Central Florida. During the 14 years of working at FSEC, he has acquired invaluable experience in laboratory measurement, field monitoring and data analysis of various energy related projects. He has performed as a project leader conducting energy research for the State Energy Office Division of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Tallahassee, Florida. Some of these projects include monitoring of commercial HVAC, residential building and commercial system simulations using RHVAC (manual J), TRNSYS v.15 and Energy Gauge USA (EGUSA). In addition, he has been involved with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in the evaluation and monitoring of residential solar hot water heating technologies for the consortium of electric utilities.
In Lakeland, Florida, Mr. Colon was responsible for developing the first utility-owned solar water heating system program (Lakeland Electric), where customers pay for metered hot water energy use on a monthly basis. During July 2002, the program reached a Stellar Project status under the U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
During the past four years, Carlos has been investigating roof integrated solar absorbers including a combination of Photovoltaic-Thermal absorbers (PV-T) for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Energy Efficiency Office at DOE. The concept has proven to be part of the Energy Supply Systems Integration (ESSI) for high performance homes. During his spare time he enjoys micro-controller design, computers, recreational sports (tennis), guitar playing, and dedicates time to his children and family.