Clean Energy Research Center
Profiles of 2019 graduating CERC doctoral researchers 2019 graduating student researcher Francesca Moloney believes solar and geothermal energy storage can help preserve nature.
Professor and CERC Director, Yogi Goswami works in the solar collector array.
Working to bring electricity to rural areas At CERC, doctoral researcher Arun Kumar Narasimhan has been designing scroll expanders that convert solar heat to power and mapping their performance for small-scale power generation.
Located on the USF/Tampa campus, this concentrating solar thermal pilot power plant can produce 50kW of electricity. The collected solar energy is translated into thermal heat which is stored in phase change materials. These phase change materials are under development here, as well.
These parabolic mirrored troughs collect solar energy and concentrate its heat into a working fluid which once heated to a super high temperature, becomes steam which in turn drives turbines to generate electricity.