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FISE Seminar Series

The University of Florida has vast expertise in energy research.  

FISE Seminar Series

FISE Mission Statement

In early 2014 we began a discussion on how we can best educate energy faculty at the University of Florida:  About the subject in general, and as a way to learn about our common interests.  As a means to this end, we launched the FISE Seminar Series in the Fall of 2014.

The talks will be held monthly at noon, the first Wednesday of each month. In most cases the speaker will be a UF faculty member, and in all cases the talk will be designed for a very broad audience of fellow faculty members and students. 

Location/time:  Rhines 125 from 12-1:30 pm unless otherwise noted.  Map link here

Talks will be 45 minutes - we will have time for extended discussions about the talk or other topics.

The Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy is based at the University of Florida with a mission to create a clean and sustainable energy future.  The institute aims to foster fundamental research on topics related to energy, and to educate the public regarding energy and environmental technologies.  The institute also informs policy makers on urgent, global issues of sustainable energy.

The objective is to improve energy security in the United States by developing indigenous and environmentally sustainable energy resources, while promoting economical and environmentally safe energy policies. More locally, the institute seeks methods  to make a positive impact on Florida's unique environment.

A sustainable future will require technological advances.  In addition to energy from the sun and wind,  perhaps we will find that the oceans can provide most of our energy needs through power from tides, along with fuel from algae biomass.  Nuclear energy may be increasingly valuable in some locations of the world, provided we find ways to address safety, security, and disposal of used fuel.  There are important macro engineering questions, similar to those faced at the start of the telecommunications revolution.   How do we manage a complex power grid, subject to volatility and uncertainty from wind and solar energy?  There are equally important policy questions.  For example, should the transmission infrastructure be modeled on the federal highway system in which there is a single entity monitoring the grid, or on the cellular communication system in which there are overlaid networks providing services.  We look into these issues and more.




10/1 Prof. Amy Stein, Levin College of Law, UF
Can the Law Embrace “Disruptive” Energy Technologies?”
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11/5 Dr. Pierce Jones, Director UF/IFAS Program for Resource Efficient Communities Land Development, Water and Energy: Quantifying Impacts More info
11/20 Michael I. Henderson, Director Systems Planning Department at the ISO New England The Grid was Never Dumb and It's Getting Brighter More info
2/6/15 Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future, Washington DC Does Information Provision Shrink the Energy Efficiency Gap? A Cross City Comparison of Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Laws More Info
3/11/15 Prof. William Lear, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Future Distributed Energy Resources: Efficiency, Security, and Grid Stability  
3/19/15 Prof. Joe H. Chow, RPI Synchronized Phasor Measurement Data and their Applications in Power Systems  
9/2/15 Prof. Alfredo Garcia, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at UF 

Incentives for Efficient Black-box Resource Allocation

More Info  Location 234 Larsen

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