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FSU to Host Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition in September

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.

"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 new Wind-Solar Energy Generation System (WISE) that will be constructed near the Fuller House at 19 Braddock Road by late June. The grid-connected hybrid generation system, which features a 1.8 kW Skystream 3.7 wind turbine mounted on a 45-foot monopole tower and 10 solar panels, is being constructed as part of a University-wide project Dr. Soysal began in 2006 with funding from a Maryland Energy Administration grant. 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 Symposium and Exhibition are open to the public for a small registration fee to cover distributed materials and lunch. Early registration is $10 for students, $35 for non-student participants. Interested parties may also register on site at the conference. The deadline for early registration is June 30.

For more information on the Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition, visit or contact Hilkat Soysal at

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.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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