Research Projects

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BUILDINGS Research Projects

PV-GEMS

PV-GEMS demonstrationPV-GEMS—Photovoltaic (PV)-powered, Grid Enhanced Mechanical Solution (GEMS)—is a whole building retrofit measure. It is an especially appealing retrofit option in cases where achieving significant energy savings through enclosure-based load reduction measures such as wall, window, and roof retrofits are considered not economical, too invasive, or otherwise problematic. Learn More: PV-GEMS

Isolation Zone to Minimize Infectious Disease

Inexpensive dual blade, horizontal window fan in bedroom windoUsing a full-scale laboratory home, UCF researchers evaluated methods to create an isolation zone in a single-family home where an infected person could remain separated from the rest of the occupants. The researchers found that a basic isolation zone for a contagious person could be created with little cost and effort. Learn More: Isolation Zone to Minimize Infectious Disease

HVAC Quality Installation Study

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FSEC Energy Research Center and Proctor Engineering Group are conducting a study funded by the US Department of Energy to investigate how consistently heating and cooling systems are designed and installed using industry standard practices. Learn More: HVAC Quality Installation Study

 

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

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

PAST Research Projects

Smart Water Heater Project

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This federally-funded study in the Southeast looked at how residential “smart” water heaters can help to create a more flexible and efficient electrical grid. Learn More: Smart Water Heater Project