For Immediate Release


Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
FSEC Offers Free Presentation on Renewable Energy in Disaster Relief
Bill Young, a researcher and disaster relief expert at the Florida Solar Energy 
Center (FSEC), will give a free presentation for the general public on disaster 
preparedness using renewable energy technologies on February 22.

The event will be held in the FSEC auditorium at 1679 Clearlake Road in Cocoa, on 
the campus of Brevard Community College and UCF in Cocoa. The doors will be open 
at 5:45 p.m. and the hour-long presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.

The program will focus on two important questions: what do you need to do to 
prepare for an emergency situation, and what are the benefits of using renewable 
energy technologies?  Solar and other forms of renewable energy offer many 
benefits to individuals and communities after disasters ranging from hurricanes 
and severe storms to terrorism or other major calamities, providing power for 
emergency lighting, medical facilities, shelters and other critical needs.

This presentation, hosted by the Florida Solar Energy Center, is part of the Space 
Coast Science Education Alliance's community speaker series on topics of local 
interest.  The Space Coast Science Education Alliance (SCSEA) is an affiliation of 
organizations devoted to education, science and the environment. Its mission is to 
promote science literacy throughout the Space Coast region.  The speaker series is 
geared for high school age through adult audiences.

For more information, contact Susan Schleith at 321-638-1017 or by email at  Reservations are 
requested to assure adequate seating.  There is no charge for this opportunity to 
learn how these technologies can serve you not only in a crisis, but every day!

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 
Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015