FIELD TRIPS Tampa Electric is graciously offering us the opportunity to visit the following facilities.  The trips may be scheduled for July 27th or 28th. This is dependent on the number of sessions and how many sign up for any of the trips. Check this space to learn what will take place.

The Clean Energy Center has the following R&D features:

Various forms of solar panels: flexible rooftop, solar flower, solar tables, floating solar -Avalon AFB3 10 kW / 40 kWh Flow Battery

New 50 KW Supercapacitor

1MW(AC) Floating solar demonstration with 2 types of panels (Canadian bifacial and First Solar Series 6) – largest floating solar plant in FL

– 1 MW Agrivolataic demonstration project (solar installation complete, agriculture part now in development)

Verticle-axis wind turbine

– The initial stages of designing a commercial microgrid incorporating the clean energy components on site

-As well as hiking trails/wildlife viewing tower, kayak trails (possible guided tours), Florida Aquarium Sea Turtle rescue & internationally renowned coral research, Florida Fish & Wildlife Suncoast Youth Conservation Center & Marine Fish Enhancement Center (fish hatchery under construction)

Big Bend Modernization is coming on line and represents a repowering of a 1970’s era coal boiler to state-of-the art Natural Gas Combined cycle using GE H-class combustion turbines

Southshore Bay microgrid is a R&D using residential rooftop, battery storage, DC distribution system, and a central energy station (generators & larger batteries) to provide reliable, always-on electricity