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|Engineering Students Bring Home Trophy in Hybrid Vehicle Competition|
Engineering Student Preston Curry Driving in the 2010 Formula Hybrid International Challenge
1st Place Hybrid-in-Progresslding a Formula Hybrid race car from scratch made for a whirlwind
spring semester for eight students at the Florida A&M
University-Florida State University College of Engineering. Their efforts culminated in a first-place finish for
fuel efficiency among all-electric vehicles at the prestigious Formula Hybrid International Challenge.
The multidisciplinary team of
students had settled on an ambitious senior design project this year.
Their goal: to build an open-wheel, single-seat, plug-in hybrid race car
and take it to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., for
the annual competition. The Formula Hybrid International Challenge gives
engineering students from around the world the opportunity to work
across disciplinary boundaries to design and build a hybrid, plug-in
hybrid or electric vehicle to compete in timed and endurance events.
Numerous complex elements are taken into account, and competitors are
judged on everything from drive-train innovation to fuel efficiency.
Reginald J. Perry, the college's
associate dean for student affairs and curriculum, offered words of
thanks for the college's industrial partners and to the academic
departments for their efforts to spearhead multidisciplinary projects
involving both the Formula Hybrid car and a separate, solar-powered
"Without the financial donations the college received from Shell Oil,
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and the FSU Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability, the college would not have
been able to sponsor these ... projects," Perry said. "We very much
appreciate the commitment these and other companies have made to our
students. This type of hands-on experience is invaluable, and we look
forward to continued collaborations with our industrial partners in the
years to come."
Click here to watch a video interview from FSU.com.
Dr. Helen Li, pictured left, is the adviser to the formula hybrid project. Dr. Li is an IESES partner.
|"Why We Talk About Biomass More Than We Actually
Special to the IESES Newsletter from Professor Tim Chapin
There has been much talk in recent years about
alternative sources of energy in Florida, from harvesting the sun's rays
and capturing the blowing winds, to using our solid waste and
products as a fuel source. This last option, using biomass to produce
seems like a particularly compelling solution as it potentially offers a
powerful mix of sustainable practices and economic development
communities. In terms of sustainable practices, some biomass systems can
municipal solid waste, which is effectively portions of the trash
households and business, as a principal source for creating energy. As
economic development, beyond the jobs available at the plants, biomass
facilities can utilize crops that can be grown in Florida, offering some
economic opportunities to the state's struggling agricultural industry.
Processing Woody Biomass Despite these twin advantages, biomass plants have
gain much of a foothold in Florida. While biomass plants are not a
energy option, as there are issues with emissions and the disposal of
reason for the failure of biomass to catch on rests largely in public
towards these facilities. Communities that have pursued biomass as an
have run into opposition from citizen groups where plants have been
In Tallahassee, for example, substantial opposition from neighbors of a
proposed biomass plant derailed this effort, this in one of the state's
more progressive cities. The NIMBY issue ("I'm all for biomass, but
not in my back yard") is something that plagues many of the alternative
energy approaches. The NIMBY response is particularly pronounced for
facilities that propose to use solid waste as a fuel source. While not
these NIMBY attitudes can be changed through proactive initiatives that
at engaging and educating communities, initiatives that promote more and
improved dialogue between these neighbors and biomass energy proponents.
Photo Credit: RechargeNew.com
Moving forward, as more
Professor Tim Chapin is Chair of the FSU Department of Urban and Regional Planningbiomass facilities are
approved in the United States and best practices for siting and operating these
are promulgated, Florida will likely see its share of biomass facilities
online. To get from here to there, though, scientists, urban planners, public health experts, and elected officials will need to work hard to
themselves and the broader public about the sustainability advantages
economic opportunities offered by the biomass model.
You can contact Dr. Chapin at email@example.com.
|IESES Researchers Offer Advice to Policy Makers Before a Potential Special Session|
|By Jim Rossi and Dave Cartes, special to the St. Petersburg Times In Print: Sunday, May 16, 2010As Florida gears up for the possibility of a special legislative
session on energy, discussion seems to have focused almost exclusively
on a constitutional drilling ban and a quick-fix "renewable energy
mandate" for the state. Such sound bites might be politically
appealing, but it would be tragic if election-year opportunism
distracted state policymakers from discussing the serious challenges
they need to address for Florida to have a sustainable energy future.
No doubt, the U.S. addiction to fossil fuels is a
problem that needs to be addressed - for energy independence, energy
security and out of concern for climate change. Florida in particular
has an obligation to come up with some solutions, given that we are a
state that currently consumes far more energy than we produce. But in
energy policy there are no easy solutions.
States that have been successful in beginning to
move away from fossil fuels have made long-term commitments to a
sustainable energy future. Such commitments must be something more than
a reaction to the latest crisis. A proactive energy policy must
include credible commitments to private investors and consumers over
the next decade or more.
Professor Jim Rossi is the Harry M. Walborsky Professor of Law at The Florida State University
Dr. Dave Cartes is the Director of the Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability at The Florida State University
|Study of Wind Power Potential Needs Industry Partner
undergraduate research project, Cristina Collier responded to the need to
provide the offshore wind industry with an assessment of resources in the
Northern Gulf of Mexico. Up until now, the lack of knowledge about the
amount of wind has limited business investment in wind farms in the region. |
she and her colleagues at the FSU Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies have studied the characteristics of the winds.
They focused on the surface atmospheric and oceanic measurements collected
by the Northern Gulf of Mexico Cooperative Institute at Air Force tower number
7 in the Apalachicola Bay. Combined with observations from the National Data
Buoy Center, an analysis was completed of potential wind power generation just
off our coast.
and her colleagues are seeking investors or partners from the wind power
industry to contribute to an expanded analysis of the Gulf's offshore wind
resource. Future analysis will examine the economics and environmental issues
of wind power in the Gulf, and make a business case for clean wind power in the
Northern Gulf of Mexico. Please contact Cristina Collier or her adviser Shawn Smith.
Collier, pictured left at her graduation, presented her data analysis at
the 2010 Northern Gulf Institute Annual Conference: May 18-20, 2010. Cristina will be continuing her research at FSU in the graduate degree program in meteorology and will continue her research at the Center for
Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies.
|Outstanding Research Referee Named|
|Congratulations to Dr. Kirby Kemper (Robert O. Lawton Professor of Physics) who was named one of the American Physical Society's "Outstanding Referees," a lifetime award for his work as an anonymous peer reviewer for the journals Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. Kemper was chosen as one of the honored recipients out of 44,000 currently active referees. |
Dr. Kemper is Vice President for Research at FSU.
|Students! Join the Seminole
Association for Sustainable Energy|
|Patent Applications Pile Up for Dr. Zheng|
Pictured above is Professor Jim Zheng of the Department of Electrical and Chemical Engineering. He has been keeping the the FSU Office of Intellectual Property Development and Commercialization busy. Dr. Zheng has several patents pending and just licensed an invention with a California-based start-up company. All of the inventions are improvements on fuel cells. The inventions make them either higher performance or lower cost. The market for theses creative devices is for future vehicles.
Dr. Jim Zheng is an IESES partner.
|The New York Times Recognizes FSU Oceanographer|
Professor Ian MacDonald is a biological oceanographer in Florida
State's new Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. He uses imaging and
geographic information system techniques to investigate the
ecology of deep-sea hydrocarbon seeps. By studying the amount of the oil visible in aerial imagery, Dr.
MacDonald calculated the flow rate of the oil leak to be at least 26,500 barrels (1.1
million gallons) per day. He called this a "minimum estimate" since his
calculations could only account for oil that was visible on the surface
and did not include oil that had evaporated, mixed in with sea water,
sunk to the bottom or been collected by response crews. Read more. Also see his co-authored Op-Ed in the New York Times here. Dr. MacDonald chaired the Symposia on Offshore Energy Part I and Part II sponsored by IESES in 2009 and 2010.
Dr. Ian MacDonald
|Preparing for Drought and Extreme Climate Events |
Photo Credit: U.S. Drought Portal - Image of Lake Lanier
The Fiscal Year 2010
Federal Agriculture Appropriations Bill includes $2.5 million in funding for the project "Risk Reduction for Agricultural Crops" and will enable the FSU-led Southeast Climate Consortium to develop improved methods to forecast droughts and other extreme climate events in the southeastern states. The forecasts will help agricultural, forest, and natural resource managers to reduce risks of losses and environmental damage. This climate consortium was established in 2003 and involves researchers from universities from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and both North and South Carolina.
Dr. James O'Brien, pictured left, is the Emeritus Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography and leads the Consortium.
Dr. Jim O'Brien is an IESES partner.
|A Report of the Proceedings of the Florida Symposia on Offshore Energy - Part I and Part II - is Online|
Access the Full Report Here
This report is a transcript of the Symposia series including presentation materials, citations and executive summaries for both Part I and II.
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