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FSU Renewable Energy Activities to Be Exhibited at House of Representatives
05/30/2012

FSU will highlight its renewable energy activities at the 15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficiency EXPO and Forum on Thursday, June 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Caucus Room and Veterans Affairs Committee Room (Room No. 340) of the Cannon House Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required.

Dr. Oguz Soysal and Hilkat Soysal, of FSU’s Department of Physics and Engineering and co-directors of the Renewable Energy Center, will exhibit information about the Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF), a completely off-grid green building that will generate its own electricity from solar and wind power. SERF construction will be completed this summer and equipment for the structure will be installed in the fall, at which point the building will be functional.

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.

In addition to the exhibits open for viewing, a late morning program at 11:30 a.m. will feature members of Congress, while speakers throughout the day will discuss the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America’s energy needs.

This year’s EXPO will bring together over 40 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy-efficiency technologies.

As Congress, the Administration, the business community, environmental advocates and American voters search for options to stimulate the economy and “green jobs,” as well as address issues of national security, higher energy costs, increased reliance on energy imports and the environmental threats associated with energy consumption, the EXPO will help address the role that sustainable energy technologies might play. This will include the technical aspects of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies and related issues such as economics, jobs potential, environmental benefits, current and near-term market potential, model programs in the public and private sectors, and institutional, financial and legal barriers.

The Sustainable Energy Coalition, in cooperation with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficiency Caucuses, will host the EXPO and forum. For more information, contact Ken Bossong of the coalition at 301-270-6477, ext. 11, or kbossong614@yahoo.com; or visit www.eesi.org/expo2012.

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.

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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