New Solar Windows / ResearchOne
A new form of technology that could change the way we look at solar energy has been created in the lab of a USF physics professor. University Beat on WUSF-TV shines a light on the first-of-its kind transparent solar window that’s capable of generating electricity.
USF highlights its efforts in science and innovation this week during the annual “ResearchOne” celebration. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM brings you highlights from Monday’s kick-off event, which focused on the pivotal role USF marine scientists have played in investigating the Gulf oil disaster.
At a press conference unveiling the new SolarWindow prototype, New Energy Technologies Inc. President/CEO John Conklin updates the progress in the development of the technology and what’s next. He also talks about the advantages of SolarWindow compared to current solar technology.
Valerie McDevitt, Assistant Vice President for Research in USF’s Division of Patents & Licensing, talks about how arrangements between USF and private companies benefit the University, its students and the community. She also speaks about how many products and ideas developed at USF come through her office.
Dr. William Hogarth, Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science, shares his feelings on the governmental response to the oil spill and how, in general, it appears researchers had a better handle on things than the government did. However, he has kind words for Florida legislators.
Dr. Ernst Peebles, Associate Professor of Biological Oceanography in USF’s College of Marine Science, says he remains concerned about the long-term effects of the oil and dispersants on ocean creatures, including how the food chain may have been altered. He also talks about the importance of USF’s role in the ongoing Gulf research.
Just because the oil well is capped and there’s no oil on the Gulf’s surface, doesn’t mean the effects are gone, says Dr. David Hollander, Associate Professor of Chemical Oceanogprahy in USF’s College of Marine Science. He also speaks about the advantages of USF’s interdisciplinary approach to the investigation.
NEW SOLAR WINDOWS
Dr. Xiaomei Jiangâ€™s website
New Energy Technologies Inc. website
Lynn Cooil, USF TRAIN (The Research Administration Improvement Network)
Schedule of ResearchOne events
Preview of USF-sponsored Gulf Oil Spill Conference, Feb 9-11, 2011
USF Gulf Oil Spill Information Center
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