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smartflower comes to the U.S.

Posted on: Saturday, April 9th, 2016

After what the company said is a tremendous start in Europe, smartflower energy technology is now bringing its revolutionary all-in-one solar system, smartflower POP, to the U.S.

Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project

Posted on: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, today U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project.

Award-Winning Manufacturer of Super-Efficient Ceiling Fans Licenses UCF-Developed Fan Blade Design

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Versa Drives, an India-based manufacturer of electric motors, drives and appliances, has licensed an innovative fan blade design developed at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) a research institute of UCF.  Under the direction of Danny Parker, principal research scientist at FSEC who developed the design concept, the fan blade is based on aviation propeller […]

FAU to Develop Robotic Boats with a ‘Mind of Their Own’

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The notion of robotic boats that can move, think and make decisions on their own to help human supervisors may be closer than you think. A researcher in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University has received a $469,822 grant from the National Science Foundation to advance technology on risk-informed decision […]

UCF Unveils New Smart Grid Lab

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

A new engineering laboratory that enhances the University of Central Florida’s leading role in modernizing and sustaining the nation’s power grid is opening this week, in concert with the national DistribuTECH conference in Orlando of 12,000 grid engineers and energy leaders. The 660-square-foot Smart Grid lab, located in the Harris Engineering Center on UCF’s main […]

EIA Report: Renewables to Increase by 9.5% in 2016

Posted on: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently estimated that renewables used in the U.S. electric power sector will increase by 9.5% in 2016. EIA also forecast that hydropower generation in the electric power sector will increase by 4.8% in 2016.

Melting Greenland Ice Sheet May Affect Global Ocean Circulation, Future Climate

Posted on: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Scientists from the University of South Florida, along with colleagues in Canada and the Netherlands, have determined that the influx of fresh water from the Greenland ice sheet is “freshening” the North Atlantic Ocean and could disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), an important component of global ocean circulation that could have a global […]

What Just Happened in Solar Is a Bigger Deal Than Oil Exports

Posted on: Saturday, January 9th, 2016

The clean-energy boom is about to be transformed. In a surprise move, U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years. This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.

Renewables Boom Expected Thanks to Tax Credit

Posted on: Saturday, January 9th, 2016

The U.S. solar and wind power industries will mark the holidays with heightened spirits after receiving multiyear extensions of their coveted renewable energy tax credits from a divided Congress.

EPA Finalizes Increases in Renewable Fuel Levels

Posted on: Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014 to 2017.