Community leaders will launch new renewable-energy system

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 20, 2008) – An innovative renewable energy system will be unveiled Tuesday, May 27 at two St. Petersburg sites. The test stations at USF St. Petersburg and Albert Whitted Park, are serving as research hubs for this unique technology. The project, called Sustainable Electrical Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS), could become the energy storage system of tomorrow’s “Smart Grid” power system.

This demonstration and evaluation project combines photovoltaic panels and an advanced battery system to supply renewable energy during periods of peak power demand.

A public-private partnership by USF, the City of St. Petersburg, Progress Energy Florida and the Florida High Tech corridor made the project possible. The twin installations were designed and developed by researchers at Progress Energy Florida and the USF Power Center for Utility Explorations, which is developing energy solutions while training the next generation of power engineering professionals.

Schedule of events:

10 a.m., community leader discussion, “The Future of Power in the State of Florida”
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USF St. Petersburg, 140 7th Ave. S.

Welcome: USF President Judy Genshaft
Overview: Co-Chairs Alex Domijan and John Masiello
Rick Baker, St. Petersburg Mayor
Alex Domijan, Jr., PhD, Professor and Executive Director, Office of Research and Planning, USF College of Engineering
Jeff Lyash, President and CEO, Progress Energy Florida
Christopher D'Elia, PhD, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, USF St. Petersburg
John Masiello, Director of Demand Side Management and Alternative Energy Strategy, Progress Energy Florida

11 a.m., news conference
USF St. Petersburg, 140 7th Ave. S

Unveiling of the energy system by Madeira Beach Middle School students, participants in the Youth Energy Solutions Summit

11:30 a.m., technical tour of energy system
Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE (trolley transportation from USF St. Petersburg to the park will be available)
Panelists, project leaders and technical experts will be available for interviews

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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