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Rectenna

Solar Energy Harvesting and Ghz Detection with Nanoantennas

Dr. Elias Stefanakos (R-L) Director of CERC with two Ph.D. students, Saumya Sharma and Michael Celestin. The development of a rectenna, nanoantenna and a rectifier (diode) ,that can operate at the 30 GHz frequency range, is the primary objective of this research.

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Hydrogen Storage

Dr. Manoj Ram (L-R), CERC Research Associate Professor, with Ph.D. graduate student, Emre Demirocak in the hydrogen lab. The development of effective hydrogen storage in solid state materials (such as metals and polymers) is the main objective of this research.

 

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Supercapacitors

(Electrical Storage)

Dr. Manoj Ram (Center rear), CERC Research Associate Professor, with two Ph.D. graduate students, Punya Basnayaka (L-R) and Mohamad Khawaja. The development of supercapacitors with energy densities close to those of electrochemical batteries in addition to superior power densities, is the main objective of this research.

 

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Photocatalytic Reactors

(Water Cleaning)

Dr. Manoj Ram (R-L), CERC Associate Research Professor, with Ph.D. graduate student, Yangyang Chang. The development of photocatalysts and photocatalytic reactors for cleaning contaminated water and air are two of the objectives of this research.

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Photocatalytic Reactors

(Air Cleaning)

Dr. Manoj Ram (R-L), CERC Associate Research Professor, with Ph.D. graduate student, Yangyang Chang. The development of photocatalysts and photocatalytic reactors for cleaning contaminated water and air are two of the objectives of this research.

More... Phase Change Material Thermal Energy Storage    

Phase Change Material Thermal Energy Storage

(High Temperature Thermal Storage for Power Plant Applications)

Dr. Jaspreet Dhau (L-R), CERC Research Professor, with two Ph.D. graduate students, Chatura Wichramaratne and Rajeev Kamal. The development of an advanced thermal energy storage system is the main objective of this research.

More... Phase Change Material (PCM) Thermal Energy Storage Assisted by Radiative Heat Transfer    

Phase Change Material (PCM) Thermal Energy Storage Assisted by Radiative Heat Transfer

Dr. Burton Krakow (right), CERC Senior Research Associate, with Dr. Chand Jotshi (left), CERC Research Associate, and two Ph.D. graduate students, Ahinav Bhardwajh (center left) and Phil Myers (center right). The development of very high temperature (600-1000 oC) thermal storage in phase change materials contained in ceramic or metal preformed structures is the main objective of this research.

More... Effect of Heat Radiation on the Thermal Energy Storage in Phase Change Materials    

Effect of Heat Radiation on the Thermal Energy Storage in Phase Change Materials

Dr. Burton Krakow (center left), CERC Senior Research Associate, with Dr. Chand Jotshi (left), CERC Research Associate, and two Ph.D. graduate students, Phil Myers (center right) and Ahinav Bhardwajh (right). The investigation of the effect of high temperature thermal heat transfer on the performance of phase change materials is depicted in the picture.

More... High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage in Iron Ore Composite Materials    

High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage in Iron Ore Composite Materials

Dr. Elias Stefanakos (center), CERC Director, with Dr. Chand Jotshi (left), CERC Research Associate, and Ph.D. graduate student, Jamie Trahan (right). Development of high temperature iron ore thermal energy storage systems for concentrated solar power (CSP) central receiver power plants is the main objective of this research.

More... High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage in Spherical Pellets of Phase Change Materials    

High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage in Spherical Pellets of Phase Change Materials

Dr. Yogi Goswami (R-L), CERC Director, with Ph.D. graduate student, Tanvir Alam. Development of high temperature spherical pellets of phase change materials encapsulated in polymers and/or metals is the main objective of this research.

More... Temperature Cycling of High Temperature Encapsulated Phase Change Materials    

Temperature Cycling of High Temperature Encapsulated Phase Change Materials

Dr. Jaspreet Dhau (L-R), CERC Research Professor, with two Ph.D. graduate students, Tanvir Alam and Mehdhi Zeyghami. Testing of encapsulated phase change material spherical pellets by cycling through the phase change temperature region at various rates is the main objective of this research.

More... Spherical Pellets of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials    

Spherical Pellets of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials

Dr. Yogi Goswami, CERC Director, examines two high temperature spherical pellets of phase change materials encapsulated in ceramic preformed capsules. These encapsulated PCM pellets are phase change materials which allows high density energy storage in the temperature range of 300-800 °C

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Thermodynamic Cycle

(C-R) Ph.D. Graduate Student Rachana Vidhi, Dr. Chand Jotshi CERC Research Associate, international scholar Cong Guo, and Ph.D. Graduate Student Saeb Besarati are working on an experimental set up to stuidy a new thermodynamic cycle to generate power and cooling simultaneously.

More... Solar Desalination    

Solar Desalination

Dr. Yogi Goswami, CERC Director (R-L) and graduate student Marwan Belaed are working on a novel solar desalination system.

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Welcome to CERC

A Message from the Co-Directors

 

Florida has no substantial indigenous supply of fossil fuels -- But the Sunshine State has good solar & biomass resources. The Clean Energy research Center (CERC) at the University of South Florida pursues research and development of new/environmentally clean energy systems, such as photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), energy storage (thermal storage, batteries, supercapacitors), photocatalytic detoxification/disinfection technologies, hydrogen production and solid state storage, new efficient thermodynamic cycles, solar energy conversion/rectifying antenna (rectenna), and biomass conversion/biofuels.

 

To reduce the cost of energy storage, major efforts are directed towards the use of encapsulated phase change materials to be incorporated in CSP power plants to increase the capacity factor and address utility load requirements. The photocatalytic disinfection research thrust will enable its use against bioterrorism and diseases in air/water. CERC's hydrogen storage achievements in metal hydride hydrogen storage will enable the development of light, high energy density, solid state, reversible hydrogen storage systems. CERC's efforts in the development of the rectenna will cost effectively convert solar thermal (infrared) radiation to electrical energy using tunnel diodes as rectifiers.

 

Notably, CERC developed the US's first 20,000 watt solar/electric charging station for electric vehicles; achieved a world record efficiency (15.8%) in thin film cadmium telluride solar cells; developed the Rivolta Isigo neighborhood electric vehicle, and advanced photocatalytic technologies that are presently widely used by the HVAC industry for residential and commercial building air cleaning. These clean technologies meet the needs of power and energy producers/transportation sector through multi-disciplinary research, technical/infrastructure development, & information transfer.

 

Solar energy conversion & hydrogen resources and technologies, applied both electrically & thermally, can mitigate the State's fossil fuel dependency, improve the environment & provide substantial economic growth opportunities. CERC actively supports regional manufacturing & high technology business & economic development, helping to drive US goals of improving our global competitiveness & scientific leadership, through its mission of developing, evaluating & promoting commercialization of renewable energy solutions.