Research Projects

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SOLAR Research Projects

Floating solar system (10 panels x 10 panels)in Orlando, Fla. is part of research project. It is anchored in retention pond, accessed by personal watercraft. Quantifying and Valuing Floating Photovoltaic Systems

Floating solar, also known as floating photovoltaic (FPV), systems are electricity-generating solar panels affixed atop buoyant platforms, sited directly on bodies of water. This research project will monitor the performance, durability, water-quality impacts and biodiversity interactions of four existing U.S. floating solar sites across diverse climatic regions. Learn More: Floating Solar


BUILDINGS Research Projects

AO Smith smart water heaterSmart Water Heater Project

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED! Do you own a residential “smart” water heater or plan to purchase one soon? If so, we’d like to talk to you. You have the opportunity to be a part of study federally-funded study in the Southeast that will look at how smart water heaters can help to create a more flexible and efficient electrical grid. See if you are eligible to be a part of something big, and earn some cash too. Learn More: Smart Water Heater Project

Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) Commercial Buildings Energy Code Field Study

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What is the potential value of increasing compliance with the energy code?

In this project, UCF researchers are assisting in developing and field testing a methodology to accurately and cost-effectively measure the opportunity for energy and cost savings through increased energy code compliance in commercial buildings. Researchers are also developing training and educational materials to address common compliance issues. Florida Study Contact: Karen Fenaughty at or 321-638-1474.

Learn More: Florida Recruitment Flier and Fact Sheet

Indoor Air Quality Research Study

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FSEC is conducting a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to learn about the indoor air quality in new homes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are partners in this study.

Learn More: Indoor Air Quality Research Study