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How we're making a difference.

As the global community grows, so does the need for energy. With the peak production of oil approaching, new and innovative energy solutions will be needed. See how our research and development is leading the way.

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         James Fenton, Director



Our Mission

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Our mission is to research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida's and the nation's economy and environment and to educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)—a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF)—was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the state’s energy research institute. The main responsibilities of the center are to conduct research, test and certify solar systems, and develop education programs.

As Florida's energy research institute — with a 35-year history of unique expertise, experience and infrastructure — we are leading research and development efforts to bring our vision of Energy Independence to fruition.


Silloutte of a video cameraLearn more about FSEC's current projects by viewing the FSEC Video.

Learn about FSEC's history and previous projects by viewing the video, "Creating a Bright Future for Florida."

Picture of Dr Block receiving proclamation from Governor Bush.Achievements
With more than 30 years experience in creating innovative energy solutions, FSEC has come a long way. Take a look at the patents and awards we've earned.
Picture of Dr Block receiving proclamation from Governor Bush.Advisory Board
The Policy Advisory Board of the Florida Solar Energy Center is made up of representatives from the solar industry, educators, builders, developers, utilities, large retailers, and not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations.
Picture of people looking up at the solar simulator.Capabilities
The Center's 150-member staff includes 95 professionals with expertise in engineering, energy research, building science, energy and policy analysis, and education and training. To explore what FSEC can do for you, check out this section.
Picture of the photovoltaic array on the FSEC roof.Facilities
The proper tools and state-of-the-art facilities empower our researchers to create tomorrow's energy solutions and train the next generation of energy professionals.
Picture of people looking at thin films equipment.Business Opportunities
For over 30 years, FSEC has delivered quality testing, certification, and research services. If you're interested in doing business with us, take a look at this section.
Picture of two people at a conference table.Employment
We're always searching for the best and brightest minds in our field. Check this section for current employment opportunities.
Picture of FSEC sign in front of building.Visiting FSEC
If you're in the neighborhood or coming for a conference, look at this sections for travel and tour information.
Picture of FSEC building and landscape from 1975.History
With over 30 years experience in creating innovative energy solutions, FSEC has come a long way. Learn about our history and those who have guided us.
Picture of address bar on a Web site.Other FSEC Web Sites
Although this Web site is our home, we often help design and maintain other sites that carry our findings and efforts. Take a tour of some of our sister sites.
Picture of closeup of telephone.Contact Us
Need more information? Here's how to contact us.