City Wastewater Treatment Facility Hosts Algae
Biofuel Research |
Dr. Joel Kostka, Director of the Center for a Systems Approach to Bioenergy Research (SABER) has made significant advances in biofuel research since the City of Tallahassee provided space for the algae ponds at the Storm Water Treatment Facility on Tram Road. |
Claire Smith and Zoe Bider, graduate students in SABER
Graduate students, Claire Smith, Zoe Bider and Kristina Welch (not pictured) are working
to develop a clean and
renewable biofuel that has 10 times the energy yield of land crops.
Raceway algae ponds under construction
Jon Delgardio, SABER Lab Manager, says the
goal of the research is to determine specific conditions that maximize the
efficiency of algal growth and production of lipids, which can be harvested as
biofuel. The project uses reclaimed storm water
to provide nutrients that are necessary for algal growth while the algae cleans the wastewater.
For more information about the algae ponds or for a tour, contact Jon Delgardio at
Jon Delgardio, SABER Lab Manager.
|City of Tallahassee and FSU Partner on Smart Grid
|Smart Grid Systems allow two way
communication through digital technology between energy suppliers and consumers,
so that energy consumption can be regulated and alternative energy sources can
be integrated. The
City has already made a substantial investment in smart grid basic
infrastructure by fully implementing smart meters throughout the city. |
"We started the investment in smart grid technology before it took off
as a smart concept nationally," Tallahassee Mayor John Marks said last
fall. "That's important for our customers, as the bottom line is that
they will be able to save energy, save water and save money."
The City of Tallahassee and Florida State University have joined together
to pursue funding for Smart Grid development and demonstration projects from the Federal Department of Energy.
"The types of activities FSU and the City
propose are to create a next generation meter, develop protocols for
residential solar or other renewable power to access the grid and make the grid
and the communications associated with it more secure," says Bob Arnold, Managing Engineer, Power
Engineering Division, in the City's Electric Utility. Mr. Arnold is one of the principal investigators in the Smart Grid grant.
Kim Williams, Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County One hope is that by working
together, FSU and the City Utilities will advance knowledge that leads to
innovations with commercial appeal. Kim Williams, Chairman of the
Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, applauds the cooperation and
anticipates potential business start-ups based on discoveries in smart grid technology.
|The City's Director of Energy Services Mentors Entrepreneurs on the Marketability of Green Technology|
David Byrne, In April, the Jim Moran Institute (JMI) partnered with FSU's IESES
to develop a business plan for a product to be brought to market. The product is Distributed Intelligent Agency Based Control Solutions (D.I.A.C.)
for Smart Power Grids. The Jim Moran Institute held a competition among
several teams of students to create commercialization plans
for the product.
The City's Director of Energy Services.
David Byrne is the Director of Energy Services at the City of Tallahassee Energy Utilities. Mr. Byrne is an energy engineer with a masters degree in business administration. He met with and mentored the student teams to help them understand how utilities might need and use the DIAC Solutions for Smart Power Grids in the future. IESES would like to recognize and thank Mr. Byrne for his efforts.
winning team, called "DIAC Solutions" from left to right, Cameron
Bullock, Joel "Trey" Ware and Sam Nebel.
|Next Week: Florida Energy Systems Consortium Summit|
Summit showcases pioneering research, education and outreach programs
that focus on Florida's sustainable energy future. The program features
internationally renowned speakers, workshops, presentations and posters
highlighting FESC universities including FSU's innovative work leading to alternative energy
strategies, improved energy efficiencies, and expanded economic
development for Florida. Many IESES partners from FSU will be participating, including Helen Li, Simon Foo, and Ming Ye, among others.
Upcoming Conference--The Road
Ahead for Next-Generation Integrated Power Systems: Energy and
This October marks the
10th year since the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) at
State University came into existence. The Center
was formed in 2000 with a grant from the Office of Naval Research, and has
subsequently grown into a nationally and internationally recognized research
facility that leads the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium.
To commemorate this important milestone,
CAPS is hosting a conference entitled, "The Road
Ahead for Next-Generation Integrated Power Systems: Energy and
Micro-Grid Systems" on October 14 and 15 in
Tallahassee, Florida. This workshop, which is
organized by the American Society of Naval Engineers, will bring together senior
representatives from government, industry, and academia to explore new
technologies in power and energy that can be applied to both military and
As part of the workshop there will be a reception and dinner on the evening of Thursday, October
14 at the Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. Allen Boyd, a key members of congress that has supported these efforts over the years has confirmed his attendance to the dinner. Other key leaders from the power systems industries will also be in attendance. Click on this link for bios of keynote speakers.
David H. Lewis, Vice Commander for Naval Sea Systems, left and Nevin P. Carr, Jr. of the U.S. Navy, right, are the invited keynote speakers.
Steinar Dale, Director of the FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems.
For more information, and to register for
the workshop, please go to: www.navalengineers.org and visit their "Events" page.
"I hope you will be able to join us in
these activities and help us mark what we feel is a momentous event for both our
Center and for the power and energy systems
community," said Steinar Dale.
Illuminate Tallahassee Competition will Dazzle Downtown|
is a competitive festival for collegiate, civic and charitable groups from
Florida, Georgia and Alabama to create innovative illuminated displays. The
competition centers on the Winter Holidays theme with participants judged on
creating the most illumination using the least amount of power. The competition
takes place November 26, 2010-"Black Friday"- in downtown Tallahassee. Illuminate Tallahassee aims
to provide the city with an opportunity
to host an annual competition to develop a more
efficient power source to power the illumination permanently. Decorate
with "Dazzle" one or a series of buildings in downtown Tallahassee
using light. Anyone interested can visit the competition website
is a sponsor of Illuminate Tallahassee.
Dave Cartes, Director
Welcome to the local edition of the IESES Newsletter! This newsletter highlights the
of our colleagues and our partnerships with the community.
The focus of this issue is our partnerships with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Please let us know about any announcements or activities in the community related to energy sustainability.
Dave Cartes, PhD
|Expert on Governing Sustainable Communities Tapped for Tallahassee Environmental
Cynthia Barber, Director of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources.The Environmental Advisory Board is chaired by Cynthia Barber, of the City of Tallahassee's Department of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources. The goal of the board is to develop
and implement plans, policies and programs to guide city operations and Tallahassee
citizens toward a sustainable future. The
goals of the board include reducing demand and consumption of electricity,
maximizing efficiency of use of electricity and gasoline, and maximizing
renewable electric generation.
The board consists of 13 community members who provide
expertise and represent stakeholder groups. Director of FSU's Sustainable Energy Governance Center, Dr. Richard
Feiock, serves on the Board. He brings to the Board his expertise of energy policy based on his research about energy sustainable communities in Florida. Dr. Feiock also teaches a graduate class on Governing Sustainable Communities.
Dr. Richard Feiock, Director of FSU's Sustainable Energy Governance Center.
Crunching Data Benefits FSU Research and the City|
FSU is trying to answer
the question, "are home values related to energy efficiency upgrades?" FSU Director of the Sustainable Energy Governance Center
Dr. Richard Feiock
, has been provided access to city utility information to identify if
homes with substantial energy efficiency upgrades increase in value compared to
less efficient homes. Dr. Feiock has partnered with Michael Ohlsen, an
energy manager with the City of Tallahassee, to collect data on energy
efficiency and consumption of individual homes as part of the Demand Side Management
effort by energy services. The goal of DSM is to reduce electric demand
by offering rebates and incentives for building and appliance energy efficiency
The city will benefit from this collaboration as well. Dr. Feiock and his
students will take a vast amount of information and aggregate it for
analysis. Once this information is coded and reduced to a manageable size
for analysis, the city can use it to evaluate their Energy Smart Plus programs
. "This information will give the city valuable insights into questions such
as, how effective have energy audits been and where should future DSM efforts
be directed," said Michael Ohlsen.
Michael Ohlsen, City of Tallahassee DSM Manager.
Stay tuned for an update on the impact of energy efficiency upgrades on
|IESES Director Signs on to Make Leon County Greener|
|In February, 2010, Leon County approved the establishment of
a Citizen Task Force on Sustainability to advise County Government operations toward
Dave Cartes, IESES Director.The task force includes IESES Director, Dave Cartes, as well as
representatives of the City of Tallahassee Utilities, Talquin Electric
Cooperative and Sustainable Tallahassee.
Maggie Theriot, Leon County Sustainability Coordinator.Maggie Theriot, Sustainability Coordinator of Leon County says, "The goal of the task force is to
improve energy conservation, reduce waste, increase recycling, promote green
building practices and products, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions." As part of her commitment to sustainablity, Ms. Theriot held a very successful conference on local sustainability, which took place on May 6-7, 2010.
|Students, Join the Seminole Association for Sustainable Energy!|
The Student Association for Sustainable Energy (SASE) is designed to help students
find research opportunities in sustainable energy
technology, policy, and climate change. SASE provides opportunities to present
your research, participate in competitions, and network with notable FSU alumni and faculty in the field. Our goal is to build your resume for accelerated career placement.
FSU is leading the charge with innovative energy and policy research and, through this organization, we will keep FSU students - both undergraduate
and graduate - actively involved.
Our first meeting will be held in a couple of weeks, with the date and time to be announced. If you are interested in helping organize this new group, contact Chris Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please spread the word about this group to your friends who might want to be involved!
Request a Tour of the Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building
|Tours are by appointment only.
OGZEB is located in the parking lot behind the Love Building and Carothers on FSU's main campus, see map.For tours, contact Shannon Ingersoll at email@example.com.
|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.
The FSU Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability
a public resource. Here we carry out scholarly basic research and
analysis in engineering, science, infrastructure, governance and the
related social dimensions to further a sustainable energy economy. The
Institute unites researchers from the disciplines of engineering,
natural sciences, law, urban and regional planning, geography and
economics to address sustainability and alternative power issues in the
context of global climate change.The Public Utility Research Center
andThe Florida Energy Systems Consortium
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