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Grant Kicks Off FSU’s Project of Building Sustainable Energy Research Facility

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Announces $738,000 for ‘SERF’

Thanks to U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland, Frostburg State University’s Department of Physics and Engineering is now moving forward on building a Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF) with a grant of $738,000 from the Department of Energy. The total project amount of $1,476,000 includes 50 percent federal and 50 percent non-federal funding. The grant is managed by the US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) located at Morgantown, W.Va. The project, co-directed by Dr. Oguz Soysal and Hilkat Soysal of FSU’s Department of Physics and Engineering, will be completed in two years.

“The first step is site selection,” Oguz said. “It will be on the FSU campus, but we don’t know yet the exact location. SERF will accommodate the FSU Renewable Energy Center to conduct 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 a self-sufficient off-grid building for individuals such as homeowners, farmers or entrepreneurs who seek energy security in Western Maryland or similar geographic locations.”

SERF will be a residential-type green building of approximately 4,000 square feet usable area, supplied by renewable energy sources providing sustainable heating, cooling and electric power.

The Soysals plan to travel to various university locations where similar projects are already under way to learn about ideas and possibilities for SERF. They have many goals in mind for SERF, including being able to provide real-life experience gained from construction of an off-grid sustainable energy building in Western Maryland; research, education and community outreach activities to enhance the use of renewable energy sources for better environmental quality, energy security and economic development of the region; and case studies and knowledge base to evaluate sustainable energy options in the region as a backup plan for catastrophic and disaster situations.

To learn more about SERF and FSU’s ongoing projects involving renewable energy, visit or contact the Soysals 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

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