|Submission Date||Jan. 28, 2011|
Office of Sustainability
University of South Florida requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: 605496.56
Dr. D. Yogi Goswami, the John and Naida Ramil Professor at University of South Florida, and his team at the Clean Energy Research Center (USF College of Engineering) created and maintains the nation’s first 20,000 watt solar/electric charging station for electric vehicles. They are also in the process of building a solar power plant at the Tampa campus of USF with the goal of making solar energy available 24 hours a day at affordable prices. The on campus solar power plant is funded with a grant from the State of Florida through the Florida Energy Systems Consortium. Included in this project is a thermal storage system being developed with a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. For more details, see http://usfweb3.usf.edu/absoluteNM/templates/?a=3044&z=121.
The USF Clean Energy Research Center constructed a microturbine power plant fueled by landfill gas at the Hillsborough Heights Landfill in Tampa. For more details, see http://cerc.eng.usf.edu/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1.
In addition, Dr. Alexander Domijan, Director of USF's Power Center for Utility Explorations, worked with the Tampa Electric Co. to build a solar array and a renewable energy learning center at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The 15-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system generates 15 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power the zoo's Treetop Skyfari sky ride. All of the solar power is be placed on the grid for others to use. Solar panels are placed at the elephant exhibit. TECO officials said the project will help the utility determine the technical, economic, and environmental effects of using smart grid technology. The renewable energy center is in the zoo's Safari Africa plaza and provides information about a variety of renewable energy sources. It was designed by a group of architecture students at USF. The $577,000 project is being funded by Tampa Electric and a $150,000 grant from the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, established in 1996 by the Florida Legislature to attract and retain high-tech industries. For more details, see http://pcue.eng.usf.edu/Webpages/index.htm.
For major events on campus, USF make use of Tampa Electric's Renewable Energy Program, which allows the university to purchase blocks of renewable energy (from solar and biomass) to provide the energy needed for each event. For more details, see http://www.tampaelectric.com/environmental/renewableenergy.
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