Could one million smart pool pumps store” renewable energy better than giant batteries?

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

As more wind and solar energy comes online, the people who run the power grid have a problem: how do they compensate for the variable nature of the sun and wind? California plans to spend billions of dollars for batteries to even out the flow of power from solar and wind, much the way shock […]

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Tesla’s Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the “Gigafactory” in Nevada, which will produce batteries for their cars, alongside the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, and Elon Musk reckons that when it’s complete it’ll be […]

Florida’s solar energy initiatives heat up

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Solar hasn’t historically been a hot industry in Florida, but short- and long-term efforts are underway statewide and locally that could pay huge economic and environmental dividends. Florida ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but comes in 13th for cumulative solar capacity installed. That’s according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a […]

Prestigious National Designation for USF Aims to Turn Research into Commercial Products, Help Launch Start-ups

Posted on: Monday, June 1st, 2015

The University of South Florida has been named an I-Corps™ Site by the National Science Foundation (NSF), becoming the second site in Florida and one of only three dozen institutions around the country to earn the designation. USF will receive nearly $300,000 to build, train, and mentor teams of USF faculty and students to become […]

UWF, Space Florida collaborate on cybersecurity

Posted on: Monday, June 1st, 2015

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity to further develop Florida’s cybersecurity technologies. CREO’s mission includes helping Northwest Florida communities recover from the negative economic impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which […]

Energy Department Funds UCF Research in Housing Innovations

Posted on: Monday, June 1st, 2015

The University of Central Florida is the only university-led team in the nation to receive part of a $4 million investment by the Energy Department to develop and demonstrate energy efficient methods of keeping homes cool in the summer and warm in winter. The Energy Department’s Building America program is working with industry partners to […]

China has created the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell streetcar

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Chinese cities have become increasingly known more for pollution than for the new skyscrapers that have transformed skylines over the past two decades of development. 

UCF Consortium’s Future Smart Sensors ‘Will Sense Things We Can’t Measure Today’

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Dan Holladay’s vision of what the University of Central Florida is helping develop on Osceola County farmland “will change the world and the way we live over the next decade.”

Apple’s Massive Solar Farm Could Power Its Entire California Operations

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Apple is investing in a vast solar plant in Northern California that will generate as much electricity as the company uses to power all its operations in the state.

World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens in California Desert

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Southern California desert is now home to the world’s largest solar power plant.