The FSEC Energy Research Center at the University of Central Florida—also known as the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)—is a research center with more than 40 years of experience in renewable energy systems and building science. The Center performs contracted research and training in partnership with government, industry, nonprofit organizations, private sponsors and national laboratories.
Located on UCF’s Cocoa campus, on a 20-acre research complex 35 miles east of the Orlando campus, the FSEC Energy Research Center’s 90-member staff includes professionals with expertise in engineering, energy research, building science, energy and policy analysis, and education and training. The Center performs contracted research and training, totaling $6 to $12 million annually, in addition to receiving $3 million in operating funds.
Research at the FSEC Energy Research Center is based on field monitoring, computer simulations and controlled experiments in highly-instrumented laboratories. The center’s programs are nationally and internationally recognized, and include:
- High performance buildings
- Solar technologies
- Hydrogen and fuel cells
- Electric vehicles
- Energy systems integration
- K-12 and continuing education
Originally established as the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) by the Florida Legislature in 1975 as the state’s premier energy research center to test and certify solar systems, the center’s capabilities vastly outgrew its name. In 2017, FSEC rebranded itself as the FSEC Energy Research Center at the University of Central Florida to more accurately reflect its research, capabilities, and affiliation.
Although programs and projects have changed throughout the years, the Energy Research Center’s mission remains the same.
Research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida’s and the nation’s economy and environment, and to educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research.