For Immediate Release


Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
Florida Solar Energy Center Engineer to Present Workshop on Disaster Relief
A workshop on the "Basics of Using Solar Energy in a Disaster" will be presented 
at the Solar World Congress in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, August 12, from 2 p.m. 
until 6 p.m.  The course will be taught by Bill Young, a senior engineer at the 
Florida  Solar Energy Center.  Participants in the workshop will learn about the 
uses of solar energy for response, recovery and mitigation functions following 

Young will answer the question "How do we properly utilize solar energy to help 
ensure energy security, provide electrical power for emergency medical and 
communications usage and effectively use photovoltaics for mitigation in 
disasters?" by focusing on solar energy sources and their capability to satisfy 
energy needs in a disaster and provide energy security. He will demonstrate the 
design and operation of a variety of solar energy systems in disaster situations 
and will also show how photovoltaics can be used as a critical power supply 
establishing functionality to disaster-resistant buildings that no longer have 
their normal source of power.

Each participant will receive a booklet describing the uses of photovoltaics 
during and following emergency situations, as well as a CD of related documents 
and hard copies of other materials. 

The workshop, which covers the basics in this use of solar energy, is designed for 
members of the solar industry, the solar community and the general public. It will 
be especially pertinent for government decision-makers, business leaders and heads 
of disaster organizations. Individuals with little experience in the area of solar 
energy will also find the workshop useful. 

To register, go to the Solar World Congress registration web page:  You may register and pay on line to attend the 
entire conference, or you may register for just the workshop. You may also mail 
your registration. 

Please contact Bill Young at 321-638-1443 or for more information.

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central 
Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in 
the country.  Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, 
solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, 
alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy 
areas.  For more information about the center, visit 
or call the FSEC Pubic Information Office at (321) 638-1015