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William Young

 

William "Bill" Young, Titusville, joined the Florida Solar Energy Center as a research engineer in 1990.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences majoring in electrical, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  From 1980 to 1990 he was an electrical engineer with the General Electric Company in Daytona Beach.  Bill's interest in applications of photovoltaic (PV) and disaster mitigation dates to 1992.  In response to Hurricane Andrew, Bill was assigned to evaluate the use of PV for transportation applications and deployment of PV systems at medical clinics in South Florida.  Bill has served as a FAVACA consultant on capabilities and viable applications of solar and renewable energy in Dominica, Haiti and Honduras.    

 

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FLORIDA PROFESSORS ASSESS FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS IN HAITI  Dr. Kevin Meehan and Mr. William Young, both with the University of Central Florida, recently traveled to Haiti on a multifaceted trip to assess the future potential of a distance learning program with the University of Fondwa, Koneksyon Ayiti High School, and conducted a training in the use of solar energy.  During their visit from June 11 - 17, 2007, they met with officials in Jeremie from Koneksyon Ayiti, a group committed to providing educational opportunities to Haitian children, about exploring distance learning opportunities.  The dedicated pair also met with University officials in Fondwa and members of the River Raisin Institute Team to study UCF's role in a distance learning program as well as trying to coordinate efforts with their Energy Technology Training project, with focus on the capture and use of solar energy.  Part of their work on energy technology in Fondwa entailed conducting a training presentation on solar or photovoltaic cells, which convert solar energy to electric energy.   Fifteen individuals were participated in the training.

SOLAR ENERGY TRAINING TO SHED LIGHT ON HOTEL INDUSTRY High dependence on diesel generators, oil, and charcoal as heating sources has negatively affected farming productivity, the economy and the environment in Haiti.  Executive Director Giliane César Joubert requested FAVACA's assistance in identifying ways that the Hotel Association members could utilize solar energy to offset existing electricity needs, supplement power during outages and utilize alternative energy technology during and after a disaster.  The Association is a national organization made up of hotels, restaurants, and tourist enterprises dedicated to improving the lives of Haitians throughout the country by increasing the tourism sector of the economy.  Bill Young, Titusville, a research engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center, and Mark Thornbloom, Cocoa, founder of Kelelo Engineering, shared information on solar energy solutions for buildings and provided on-site site evaluations at six hotels in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.  The training was conducted December 3-7, 2006 and trained approximately 25 people.

EMERGENCY POWER SOLUTION SOUGHT IN GRENADA SOLAR WORKSHOP.  The loss of power due to natural disasters remains a major concern for citizens in the storm ravaged islands of the Caribbean.  Cosnel McIntosh, President of the Carriacou Integrated Community Empowerment Resource Organization (CICERO) and Dario Sandrini, President of the YWF-Kido Foundation Inc., invited long time FAVACA volunteer consultant William Young, Cocoa Beach to provide technical assistance on solar energy systems.  Young conducted three workshops, May 28-June 2, 2006 for fifty three participants in Grenada and neighboring Carriacou.  Workshops provided information on implementing solar solutions for decision makers, managers, disaster relief organizations, and affected communities.  CICERO's mission is "to bring communities closer together through sharing of knowledge, information, and resources, and to heighten disaster awareness and preparedness through education and awareness".  Established in 2004, CICERO is committed to taking proactive and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of hazards to the 6,000 people on the island of  Carriacou.  Young is a senior research engineer with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), University of Central Florida and has experience in integrating photovoltaic systems into buildings and training for the use of stand-alone units in a disaster environment.

NATURE ISLES EMBRACE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY.  Environmental friendly sources of energy are among the priorities for Dominica which has begun branding itself the Nature Isles and focusing on clean industries like Eco-Tourism.  In collaboration with the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEFSGP), FAVACA provided a workshop on the viability of various renewable energy resources and their capability to satisfy energy needs and security.  Collin Guiste of GEFSGP requested a consultant to look at the capability of various solar energy systems to be used in a disaster situation and to provide sustainability for the islands energy needs.  William Young traveled to Dominica April 16-21, 2006, to conduct the workshop for 61 participants.  Topics included: Defining Alternative Energy, Conservation and Efficiency, Photovoltaic (solar electricity), solar thermal (hot water), Wind, Geothermal, and using solar energy in disasters.  Young is a Senior Research Engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida with 18 years of experience in applied research, testing, and training in renewable energy and on the use of photovoltaics for disasters.

EMERGENCY POWER ASSESSED IN THE CAYMANS.  At the request of the Cayman Islands' National Trust, FAVACA volunteer consultants Bill Young and Drew Gillett conducted workshops for over fifty participants in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman, November 13-19, 2005.  Their course was designed to provide basics for the solar industry, decision makers, managers, disaster organizations, shelter managers and people within affected communities.  The workshop also focused on photovoltaic and emergency plans. Young is a senior research engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa.  Gillett of Manchester, New Hampshire, is a professional engineering consultant on thermal technology.  The National Trust is a non-profit statutory body charged with preservation of natural environments and places of historical significance. This volunteer mission was made possible in-part by Jimmy Buffett's Singing for Change Charitable Foundation, Outback Steakhouse, and Carrabba's Italian Grill.

EMERGENCY POWER ASSESSED IN JAMAICA.  At the request of Demain X. Lyn, member of the Kingston Kiwanis Club, FAVACA volunteer consultant William Young, Cocoa Beach, conducted three workshops for nearly sixty participants in Kingston and Ocho Rios.  The workshops were designed to provide information on the solar industry for decision makers, managers, disaster organizations, shelter managers and people within affected communities. The workshop also focused on photovoltaic emergency plans.  At the request of Dr. Barbara Carby, Director for Jamaica's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Young also made the presentation to 40 additional professionals.  The Kiwanis Club promotes higher social, business, and professional standards, and attempts to develop a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship. ODPEM is committed to taking proactive and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of hazards on Jamaica, its people, natural resources and economy through its trained and professional staff, with the use of appropriate technology and collaborative efforts with national, regional and international agencies.  Young is a senior research engineer with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and has studied integrating photovoltaic systems into buildings, including stand-alone and utility interactive system development. This volunteer mission was made possible in-part by Jimmy Buffett's Singing for Change Charitable Foundation, Outback Steakhouse®, and Carrabba's Italian Grill.

HAITIAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION PROMOTES SOLAR COOKERS. Dr. Aldy Castor of the Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) requested a workshop on solar energy, performing field site evaluations and design for the town of Aquin.  Deforestation and the expense of cooking fuel is a major issue and solar offers a cheap alternative. Bill Young, Cocoa, is an engineer and research scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center. Young traveled to Haiti August 14-20, 2003, to conduct the workshop on photovoltaics, solar thermal and solar cookers to four members of HRDF and five community union representatives. In addition to the training, Mr. Young donated books on the subject, solar thermal and solar cookers, as well as a photovoltaic power garden light. The country dependency on charcoal for cooking has led to depletion of forest resources; Mr. Young feels that Haiti should draw on its natural abundance of solar radiation to provide free, clean and renewable energy. Education in solar energy would provide the knowledge and interest needed for change by government, business and the general public.

ST. VINCENT MARKETING CORPORATION IMPROVES OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY.  Under a cooperative agreement with IICA, FAVACA received a request for technical assistance in supermarket management from Mr. Sonny Williams, chief executive officer of the St. Vincent Marketing Corporation (SVMC).  SVMC is a statutory body that is responsible for improving the harvesting and marketing of produce.  The Corporation manages a supermarket which is a domestic outlet for value-added agro-processed products.  They required technical assistance to improve the operational efficiency and management of the supermarket.  Volunteer-consultants Nancy Young, Boca Raton, director of the Small Business Development Center at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Business and Dr. Gopal Iyer, Boca Raton, InternetCoast Institute Adams Professor of Industry Studies in the Dept. of Marketing at FAU, traveled to St. Vincent May 24-31, 2003.  During their visit the volunteers assessed the layout and management of the SVMC and developed an action plan for continued training to improve the supermarket.  They worked with 25 employees, held a mini-training for supermarket management, and conducted a focus group with supermarket shoppers.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TAUGHT IN DOMINICA.  Cecil Shillingford, National Disaster Coordinator with the Office of Disaster Management in Dominica requested assistance in alternative energy methods in emergency management.  William Young, research engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida conducted the training August 24-31, 2002.  The training will assist emergency managers in the event of power failure during a natural or man-made disaster by providing alternative power sources.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA DEVELOPS PARTNERSHIPS WITH HONDURAN UNIVERSITIES.  The University of Central Florida's (UCF) School of Nursing and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) submitted a proposal to FAVA/CA to explore the feasibility of expanding current individual health and energy projects to global application in Honduras.  William Young, Research Engineer at FSEC, and Dr. Lygia Holcomb, assistant professor in the School of Nursing led a team to Honduras July 30 - August 3, 2002.  Graduate nursing students Karen Saenz, Kathleen Goff and Judy Head along with advanced engineering student Katherine Alexander rounded out the team.  The group met with 24 officials from the University of Honduras, the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the Technological University of Central America, the Ministry of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development to discuss starting a new project for curriculum development on solar energy and community health.  The trip provided an opportunity to disseminate information on contacts, resources, and financing for the education of Hondurans on solar energy and basic health practices.  Some results from the trip include: a grant will be written to fund curriculum development between UCF and the University of Honduras, graduate nursing students from UCF will work with health officials in Tegucigalpa on a project to educate parents of children with chronic diseases, and UCF faculty will explore the possibility of Honduran graduate nurses completing their training in pediatrics at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA DEVELOPS PARTNERSHIPS WITH HAITIAN UNIVERSITIES.  The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) submitted a proposal to FAVACA to explore the feasibility of expanding current individual health and energy projects to global application in Haiti.  William Young, Research Engineer at FSEC, Dr. Lygia Holcomb, professor in the School of Nursing at UCF, and two graduate students Sirous Safari-Gashtegani and Marie Antoine Laroche traveled to Haiti July 2-6, 2002.  The team met with 25 faculty, colleagues, and students at Notre Dame University and Quisqueya University in Port au Prince to discuss starting a new project for curriculum development on solar energy and community health.  The trip provided an opportunity to disseminate information on contacts, resources, and financing for the education of Haitians on solar energy and basic health practices.  A key goal is to jointly develop an educational curriculum and service program centered on the use of photovoltaic systems to generate power for use in facilities that could be used as either community centers or crisis medical clinics in the event of a disaster. 

HAITI RECEIVES TRAINING ON SOLAR ENERGY. Mr. Kennedy Veal, the cultural affairs officer for the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti hosted FAVACA technical assistance and training in alternative sources of energy November 7-12, 2000.  Solar ovens, for example, can reduce dependence on charcoal as a heating source.  Due to the constant strain on timber resources necessary to produce charcoal, topsoil is being eroded thereby reducing productive farmland and affecting the economy and environment in Haiti.  Mr. Bill Young, Titusville, Florida research engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center, provided operating instructions, lessons and demonstrations on construction and use of solar ovens in water distillation devices using local materials.

 

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