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The Sustainable Energy Research Facility is located in the Allegany Business Center park on the Frostburg State University campus. It supports the Appalachian region through education, outreach, research, and economic development partnerships to generate and transfer knowledge on sustainable energy. This includes the design, fabrication, testing, evaluation, and demonstration of materials, systems, and subsystems related to sustainable energy conversion technologies, including micro-grid security.
The SERF building was constructed at FSU thanks to two Department of Energy grants (construction and equipment) received with assistance from Mr. Roscoe Bartlett, former U.S. Representative for Maryland's 6th Congressional district. Construction began in 2011 and a ribbon cutting was held October 29, 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. The facility has been off the grid since March 23, 2015.
Designed and constructed in house using FSU student and graduate engineers. The Building Management and Control System was designed to allow for internal contrtol within a micro-grid system.