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E2: Energy to Educate Grant Supports STEM, FSU’s SERF Facility
01/25/2012

Thanks to an E2: Energy to Educate Grant from Constellation Energy, Frostburg State University will be able to expand its focus on renewable energy and provide educational outreach to students and community members interested in the knowledge and application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Working with the FSU Foundation, Dr. Oguz Soysal and Hilkat Soysal from the Department of Physics and Engineering, co-directors of the FSU Renewable Energy Center, applied for an E2: Energy to Educate Grant to secure funding for the development of a building energy monitoring and management system. The system will be used in FSU’s much-anticipated Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF), currently under construction, which is a completely off-grid, sustainable and energy-efficient building slated for completion this year. SERF will accommodate the FSU Renewable Energy Center for extended research, education and community outreach programs on renewable energy applications developed by FSU faculty and their project partners. The facility will also serve as an example of an energy-efficient, sustainable building for individuals such as homeowners, farmers or entrepreneurs interested in harvesting renewable energy sources or seeking energy security in Western Maryland or similar geographic locations.

“With the addition of a building energy monitoring and management system, K-12 and college students in Western Maryland and community members interested in renewable energy will be able to watch the performance of solar PV, wind, solar thermal and geothermal energy supply systems installed in SERF,” Oguz Soysal said.

“The project will also provide hands-on learning opportunities for the examination of electrical and thermal energy storage in a sustainable smart building through experiential learning, on-site presentations and Web-based interface,” said Hilkat Soysal.

FSU received one of 14 E2 Energy to Educate grants awarded to support hands-on demonstration projects that enhance student understanding of the science and technology needed to address energy issues. Funding for the program comes from the Constellation Energy Foundation, which launched the E2 grant program in September 2010. The program targets projects that advance energy innovation and build on student knowledge and application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To qualify, projects had to reach a minimum of 100 students and be in an area where Constellation Energy does business.

“Through these projects, students will explore innovative ways to promote the necessary transition to a more secure, efficient and low-emissions energy system, while learning math and science skills that will help them compete in the global marketplace. This program also serves as an extension of our efforts to strengthen our communities and economy by investing in the people and technologies that will create the energy infrastructure of the future,” said Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Energy.

To learn more about SERF and FSU’s ongoing projects involving renewable energy, visit www.frostburg.edu/renewable or contact the Soysals at renewable@frostburg.edu.

For more information about supporting FSU, visit foundation.frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4161 or 1-866-241-3296, toll free.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. -end-

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