Programs

Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction logoThe Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction (BA-PIRC) team, formerly known as the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP), is a university-based Building America team competitively selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency. BA-PIRC is an industry-driven, cost-shared research program to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technologies and practices in new and existing homes. BA-PIRC works closely with industry and utility partners throughout the United States to develop innovative, real-world solutions that achieve significant energy and cost savings for homeowners, builders, and remodelers.

Central Florida Clean Cities CoalitionThe Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and exists to promote petroleum reduction wherever possible. The Coalition supports sustainable transportation practices, through efforts to advance deployment of alternative fuel technologies, mass transit projects, and fleet optimization measures.

The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition territory encompasses a 10-county area consisting of Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia Counties.

Central Florida Clean Cities strives to improve air quality, increase U.S. national energy security, and promote economic opportunities throughout Florida. The Coalition provides a forum for members to leverage resources, develop joint projects, collaborate on public policy issues, and promote petroleum displacement and clean air technologies in Florida. Central Florida Clean Cities has experience in building and facilitating public/private stakeholder groups, conducting technical education and outreach initiatives, and managing alternative fuel deployment programs.

Electric Vehicle Transportation Center logoThe Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) is a University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is a research and education effort to help create the nation’s electric-vehicle transportation network. The EVTC will bridge the gap between deployment of electric vehicles and the traditional transportation system.

The EVTC’s research, education and its associated projects are conducted to prepare the U.S. transportation system for the future influx of electric vehicles into a sustainable transportation network while at the same time, seizing the opportunity these vehicles present to enhance electric grid modernization efforts. EVs provide the unique capability of being able to store energy, thus, an EV can both use and supply energy to the nation’s electric grid. The future use of “smart-grid enabled” inverters and chargers will feature real time, two-way communication and will be capable of providing live network access and the ability to remotely control both the transportation network and the electric power grid.

The Electric Vehicle Transportation Center is a comprised of transportation and energy experts from the project lead, the University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Hawaii, and Tuskegee University. The EVTC program will conduct research, educate students, transfer technologies, and form collaborations with manufacturers, suppliers, utilities and governmental agencies in order to achieve its goal of accelerating EV acceptance and adoption.

EnergyGauge software logoEnergyGauge is a family of user-friendly software tools that allow simple yet detailed performance-based analysis of building energy use and performs economic analysis of proposed energy improvements. EnergyGauge is a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star® Homes program and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America program, and an active member of RESNET, the national rating industry association. EnergyGauge is a UCF Success Story. Learn More.

FEEDER (Foundations for Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources) logoThe FEEDER (Foundations for Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources) center is a consortium of eight universities, two national laboratories, eight utilities and 11 industrial companies—led by the University of Central Florida—to significantly advance power systems engineering capability in the United States.

As one of four centers in the national network, FEEDER undertakes research, curriculum development, education and training activities aiming at widespread adoption of distributed renewable energy resources and deployment of smart grid technologies.

The FEEDER Consortium is funded by Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and Department of Energy (DoE), under the GEARED (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment) program. This national network of centers supports power systems training and curriculum development based on R&D, data generation, collection, analysis, and/or simulation to support growth and expertise in power systems.

Go SOLAR FloridaGo SOLAR Florida is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded program, as part of the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II competitive award, to increase the use of and access to grid-tied solar energy installations among the state’s residents and businesses by reducing market barriers, lowering non-hardware related installation costs and providing access to financing options.

Go SOLAR Florida partners have been working to reduce soft costs associated with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar system installation. One approach has been to develop a web-based, uniform source of structural and electrical design plans for use throughout Florida. This uniform solution is called the Solar Plans Design System (SPDS). This system will help decrease engineering design costs and the time required for design review, thus accelerating the permitting process.

U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) logoThe U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) is an industry-led consortium that helps the solar industry solve problems, seize opportunities, and accelerate development to reduce time to market. PVMC provides solutions to solar energy’s most pressing challenges through a simple formula: collaboration, innovation and excellence. They help industry invent solutions to accelerate solar innovation.

Since their founding, PVMC has evolved with the burgeoning solar industry to serve collaborative consortia groups spanning the entire solar value chain, ranging from materials characterization to system interconnection and operation. As a result, their project portfolio is diverse and deep, enabling us to serve clients with capabilities that span consulting, new product development, manufacturing and scale up, field validation, and grid integration.

PVMC is part of an unmatched ecosystem for leading- edge R&D and commercialization that has more than $43 billion in investments, 300 corporate partners, and 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff.

Regional Test Centers, Differentiating PV QualityThe PV Regional Test Centers help to validate photovoltaic (PV) technologies in a range of different climates. One of five PV test sites in the U.S., the Florida Regional Test Center (FL RTC) is operated by UCF’s FSEC, under the technical oversight of Sandia National Laboratories. Located on the campus of UCF, the FL RTC provides the physical and technical infrastructure needed to conduct validation testing for large-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems in a hot, humid climate that will help banks, insurance companies, and other stakeholders establish the confidence that new PV technologies perform reliably in the field. The site can accommodate approximately 250kW of PV, with systems ranging in size from 10 to more than 100kW. If this capacity is exceeded in the future, UCF has set aside another site, which can host ≤2 MW of power production.

SunSmart E-Shelter logoThe SunSmart E-Shelter Schools program has installed more than 100 photovoltaic systems in more than 46 Florida school districts, adding more than one MW of combined photovoltaic generating capacity to Florida. In addition, the program’s education and outreach efforts have provided more than 350 teachers with professional development in the science and use of photovoltaics. A companion, inquiry-based curriculum rich in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) content encourages best-teaching practices through project-based learning that enables students to solve problems using critical thinking and data analysis.

The success of this project is largely due to the strong partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, State of Florida, University of Central Florida, the Florida solar industry, and utilities. This program, initially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has been expanded to include additional funding from private and public utilities.

Solar Ready Vets -- U.S. Department of EnergyThe SunShot Initiative’s Solar Ready Vets® program connects our nation’s skilled veterans to the solar energy industry, preparing them for careers as solar photovoltaic (PV) system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations. Solar Ready Vets is enabled by the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge initiative, which allows exiting military personnel to pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships, and internships up to six months prior to their separation.

Solar Training Network. Positive Connections. Powerful Careers. Logo The Solar Training Network is a program of The Solar Foundation that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. This program is designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships.

The Solar Foundation was selected to lead the Solar Training Network based on years of thought leadership in solar labor market intelligence, education, technical assistance, and workforce development. The Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census has been the trusted, go-to resource for solar jobs information for the past six years. The Solar Training Network will tackle one of the key challenges identified in the Jobs Census series, which is the ever-increasing need for skilled solar workers.

Drive Electric Florida logoDrive Electric Florida is an organization made up of stakeholders working to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the state of Florida by promoting the growth of electric vehicle ownership and accompanying infrastructure. They support and accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in Florida by engaging and educating the public, businesses, and policy-makers; facilitating collaboration; and supporting EV-friendly policy and programs. DEF industry representatives include automakers, infrastructure providers, environmentalists, local government, universities, Clean Cities coalitions, and leadership of PEV enthusiast groups. The University of Central Florida is one its founding members.