For Immediate Release

05/01/2006

Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
 
EPEC Awards Program to be Held May 4
 
The public is invited to attend a reception and awards ceremony for the Exemplary 
Projects in Energy and Conservation (EPEC) Awards program on Thursday, May 4, at 5 
p.m. at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa.

The program was started three years ago as a joint effort between the National 
Energy Foundation, Johnson Controls and FSEC to recognize Brevard County students 
who have produced outstanding research relating to renewable energy or energy 
conservation.  This year, 22 students will be honored for their individual 
projects, along with the top three Energy Patrols from Brevard schools.  Three 
exceptional transportation-related projects will also be recognized by the Space 
Coast Clean Cities Coalition.

The student projects cover a wide range of energy subjects from fuel sources such 
as biodiesel and tidal energy to future energy strategies including hydrogen fuel 
cells and zero-energy homes.  The Energy Patrols are being honored for their work 
in their schools and community to conserve energy.  The schools being monitored by 
the Energy Patrols have seen a noticeable reduction in the amount of electricity 
wasted, resulting in lower electricity bills for the county.

Students will be available at the ceremony to answer questions regarding their 
research.  The projects will also be available for viewing from the afternoon of 
May 4 through the evening of May 6 at the Florida Solar Energy Center. 

For more information, call Penny Hall at 321-638-1017.

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 www.fsec.ucf.edu or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.