FPL Funds Florida Tech Professor for Wind Energy Project

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Y.I. Sharaf-Eldeen, associate professor in the Florida Institute of Technology Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a one-year, $54,107 research grant from Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) to study the wind resource potential in the utility’s service area. Sharaf-Eldeen and his team will evaluate the performance and energy production of small-scale wind turbine systems in order to select appropriate system designs and assess their energy production and impacts on the utility system.

“In today’s world, energy sustainability is paramount. To this end, the Florida Tech Institute for Energy Systems (IES) promotes research in the areas of renewable energy, smart grids and electric vehicles; we are building energy-efficient systems,” said Florida Tech Dean of the College of Engineering and Harris Professor of Electrical Engineering Fredric Ham. Sharaf-Eldeen, co-director of the IES, spearheads many of these efforts, which include heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and lighting.

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