The Sun is a dynamic, powerful source of energy—it’s the most abundant renewable resource on Earth. Modern technology can harness this energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity. In The Sun Spot, guests will explore the dynamic nature of the Sun.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
Using a Sunspotter to safely view the Sun
Becoming a human-sized sundial to tell the time with your shadow
Activating an outdoor bike and hand cranks to power everyday objects (including a fan!)
Learning about the engineering behind solar panels
Exploring different types of renewable energy and batteries
"The Sun Spot provides a compelling approach to help everyone understand the potential of solar energy. From pedal power to human-sized sundials, this exhibit features more fun ways to expand the solar energy footprint at Frost Science to spark curiosity in the minds of young and old alike," said Pam Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development at FPL. "More importantly, it helps everyone 'lean into' the learning curve of understanding solar."
FPL's solar research journey began in Miami about 30 years ago. Now with a major solar research facility at Florida International University, 14 solar power plants across the state − four more currently being built including one in Miami-Dade − as well as battery-storage research projects throughout the county, solar energy's profile in South Florida continues to rise.
FPL has been a long-time supporter of Frost Science. In 2015, the company and its philanthropic organization, the NextEra Energy Foundation, donated $1 million to the museum, along with an in-kind donation of 240 photovoltaic solar panels on the solar rooftop terrace. In addition, FPL installed two unique solar trees on the museum’s outdoor plaza in 2017, generating zero-emissions energy. These solar trees are part of the FPL SolarNow program, which supports the development of community-based solar projects.
The Sun Spot opens on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 on the Florida Power & Light Company Solar Terrace, located on the museum’s sixth floor rooftop. The permanent exhibition is presented by Florida Power & Light Company. Admission to The Sun Spot is included in all museum admission tickets. Additional information on the exhibition can be found at frostscience.org/sunspot.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be special onsite Sun Spot promotional activities and free refreshments for visitors on the rooftop while supplies last. Also, during the weekend of Sept. 8-9, visitors can also experience the FPL Cooling Station, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Frost Science Museum Plaza. Guests can "chill" out by walking into a larger-than-life ice cube, get refreshed with a blast of liquid nitrogen, and receive a fun video while learning about FPL's energy-saving tips and tools.
For more information about FPL solar energy efforts, visit: www.FPL.com/solar.