The public is invited to learn more about the possibilities of new energy sources and energy conservation methods, ideas, products and practices when Frostburg State University hosts the Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition Sept. 14 and 15 at the Compton Science Center on campus.
The two-day gathering, organized by FSU’s Dr. Oguz Soysal and Hilkat Soysal, in collaboration with the Maryland Energy Administration, will bring together various facets of the academic and professional community from around the region, including faculty and students, entrepreneurs, small business owners, local and state administrators, legislators, media and industry representatives. The conference will explore topics such as a critical assessment of wind and solar energy potential; the socio-economic implications, design considerations and financial incentives of wind and solar energy; and the environmental impacts associated with wind and solar energy development. Key speakers include FSU president Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, a member of American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment’s Leadership Circle as well as several state committees working to fight climate change in Maryland; U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, 6th District of Maryland; Dr. William Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland; and Phil Dougherty, Wind Powering America, U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to the presentation of many papers highlighting ideas and challenges in renewable energy, the conference will also include displays of various renewable energy products and projects.
"The Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition will be the first of its kind in Western Maryland, providing the local community with an opportunity to learn more about different aspects of renewable energy applications," said Dr. Soysal, who is a member of the faculty in the FSU Department of Physics and Engineering.
The Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition will also offer the public an opportunity to check out FSU’s Wind-Solar Energy Generation System (WISE) that was constructed near the Fuller House at 19 Braddock Road in June. The grid-connected hybrid generation system, which features a 1.8 kW Skystream 3.7 wind turbine mounted on a 33-foot monopole tower and 10 solar panels, was installed as part of a University-wide project Dr. Soysal began in 2006 with funding from a Maryland Energy Administration grant.
The Symposium and Exhibition are open to the public for a small registration fee to cover distributed materials and lunch. Registration is $20 for students, $60 for non-student participants. Interested parties may also register on site at the conference.
For more information on the Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition, visit www.frostburg.edu/renewable or contact Hilkat Soysal at email@example.com.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 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.
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