MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
|Dr. James Fenton
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.
New FSEC Study
Offers Strategies for Improving Air-Conditioner
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.
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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Hurricane Conference Features FSEC Programs on Renewables
|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.
Student Hydrogen Sprint
Competition “Takes the Green Flag” With Another Successful
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
|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