Florida Solar Energy Center Collection
Scope and Contents
Series I: Reports, 1974-2009 contains reports sanctioned by FSEC and includes proposals, test methods, assessments, projects, annual performances, mid-term performances, et al.
Series II: Other Publications, 1977-2012 contains publications (no report/control number) both sanctioned by and not sanctioned about FSEC and includes newsletters, news reports, programs, products, directories, et al.
Series III: Miscellaneous, 2001-2010 contains documents both sanctioned and not sanctioned by FSEC and includes powerpoint presentations, lists, and workshops.
- Created: 1974-2012
- Other: Majority of material found in 1977-2009
- Florida Solar Energy Center (Organization)
Biographical or Historical Information
The FSEC website states distinct areas in which the center put their focus in the decades since its creation. During the 1970s, their programs were a part of and surrounded Florida's activities. In the 1980s, the PV program was established and building designs into daylighting and solar cooling research began. The building and photovoltaic program grew even more in the 1990s with the former looking into health issues including indoor air quality and the latter becoming widely accepted. During the 2000s, FSEC's hydrogen program began a rapid expansion, exploring production, and storage and usage techniques. The Florida Solar Energy Center's operations has incorporated all of their research areas into six research divisions: Buildings, Environment, Hydrogen, Photovoltaics, Transportation and Solar Thermal. Along with research, FSEC also invests in consumer needs as well as educating the younger generations to help interest them in the future.
Throughout the years, FSEC's initiative has resulted in numerous grants, some of which include a $50,000 grant from Florida Power & Light Company to identify more efficient ways to operate electric motors in air conditioning systems, a $7.2 million grant to develop materials (the UCF Report August 27, 1986), construction methods, building designs and mechanical systems that cool and dehumidify by using solar energy (the UCF Report March 25, 1987), a $380,000 grant to study the passive solar and low energy building design, a $206,000 grant to investigate the pros and cons of a variety of water heating devices (the UCF Report September 9, 1981), et al.
The UCF Report May 14, 1980 issue explains how the Florida Solar Energy Center would remain under the administration of the University of Central Florida, but their activities would be coordinated by a Solar Research Coordination Council made up of representatives of state universities, the energy industry, home building industry, electrical utilities, et al. A few years later, the UCF Report April 8, 1987 issue explained how FSEC's original home at Cape Canaveral was not sufficient enough to withstand not only their growth, but also keep up with the demands of the military. The state legislature provided funds for FSEC to relocate and in 1987 it was decided the center would move onto 20 acres at the Brevard Community College campus along with an additional 10 acres being acquired in a nearby industrial park. FSEC facilities include their main office, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Laboratory, the Photovoltaic Materials Laboratory, the Solar Thermal Test Laboratories, the Manufactured Science Laboratory, the Flexible Residential Test Facility, the Flexible Roof Facility, and the Climate-Controlled A/C Laboratory.
Other accomplishments include NASA funded research into the effectiveness of producing hydrogen through electrolysis to promote development and application of space age technologies (the UCF Report June 15, 1983), a $405,000 contract from U.S. Department of Energy to research into the cooling of homes by natural ventilation (the UCF Report October 29, 1980), a $7,500 contract from a California solar energy products manufacturer to check the performance of a solar water heater equipped with photovoltaic cells to power its pump (the UCF Report March 19, 2980), developing a sea based electronic system for training Navy pilots in simulated combat conditions (the UCF Report April 9, 1986), and the building of the first ocean thermal energy conversion (the UCF Report April 17, 1985).
36 boxes (35.25 Linear Feet)
Method of Acquisition
Accruals and Additions
- Florida Solar Energy Center Collection
- Kryslynn Collazo
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