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AEE’s Sunshine Chapter luncheon

AEE’s Sunshine Chapter luncheon

You are invited to AEE’s Sunshine Chapter luncheon Wednesday, April 10th at the Valencia State College West Campus.

This month’s topic: Anaerobic Digester Biogas Production

Disposal and treatment of biological waste represent a major challenge for the waste industry. For a wide range of organic substances from waste water treatment facilities, waste foodstuff, agriculture and feed industries, anaerobic digestion is a superior alternative to composting.

Biogas—a mixture of both methane and carbon dioxide—is created during anaerobic digestion and serves as a high-energy renewable fuel that can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels. Biogas-fueled gas engines improve waste management while maximizing the use of economical energy supply.

Presenter: John D. Forcier, P.E. – Forcier Consulting Engineers

John has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and has more than 46 years of experience in the planning, design, permitting and construction of small through multi-million dollar municipal and private renewable energy, biogas, anaerobic digester, wastewater and composting projects throughout the U.S.A.

John is President of Forcier Consulting Engineers, PC and was honored as the Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1999.  His unique experience includes 19 years in the construction industry and 27 years in consulting engineering. His related anaerobic digester/biogas experience includes over 50 farm-based, commercial, industrial, municipal and wastewater treatment facility AD systems utilizing biosolids, manures, food waste, glycerin, SSO, DAF and FOG. The AD systems range from 100 kW to 3MW and handle up to 90,000 tons/yr. of organic feedstocks.


DATE: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

MEETING TIME: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Lunch will be served at noon.

PRESENTER: John D. Forcier, P.E.

MEETING LOCATION: Valencia State College – West Campus

ADDRESS: 1800 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811

ROOM: Building 7, Room 148

If you need additional information or directions, please call Hugh Fain at 407.765.3247


$20: Pre-pay online with PayPal at https://aeesun.org/registration/

$25 with Credit Card at the event.

Please RSVP to receive lunch. Priority will be given to those who have prepaid and RSVP’ed.


Please confirm attendance with Hugh Fain hugh.fain@outlook.com or 407.765.3247   We appreciate your RSVP.

AEE Chapter Purpose:

To provide a great venue to network with other professionals, gain new knowledge and skills, and share ideas and innovative approaches in the business of energy and sustainability.

We are always seeking input for future presentation topics, plant tours, and have officer opportunities. If you would like to become an active AEESC member and contributor, please arrive early to join in and discuss the direction of the chapter and topics of interest. All are welcome to attend.

Brevard School Tour

Brevard School Tour

On February 26, 2018, AEE-Sunshine Chapter and Space Coast ASHRAE Chapter hosted a tour of two upgraded Central Energy Plants at Brevard Schools. Approximately 50 members participated in the tour and luncheon, which was sponsored by Calmac, Trane, Coastal Mechanical, and Wharton-Smith.
The group boarded school buses at the School Board complex and stopped at Bayside High School and the Southwest Middle School/Turner Elementary School campus. Engineers, contractors, and equipment vendors were on site to describe the systems and the innovative designs and construction techniques. Both plants took advantage of the new ASHRAE Standard 62.1 Indoor Air Quality Procedure to reduce required outdoor air volumes by 50% by integrating air-cleaning technology using bipolar ionization. Bayside High also corrected long-standing envelope issues in the gymnasium and sealed openings. That permitted the new air-cooled chillers to be downsized, stretching the HVAC upgrade budget, and reduce energy consumption At Southwest and Turner, old central energy plants were removed and a new shared plant was installed. The old PVC chilled water piping, which was prone to leaks, was abandoned. Instead of installing conventional steel piping, which would have required trenching through the landscaped campuses, HDPE plastic piping was installed using directional drilling. Both projects had to be completed in the two-month summer shutdown and operational by August 6.
The group returned to the School Board for a recognition luncheon. Susan Hann, Director of Facility Planning and Construction, and Gary Shiffrin, Chair of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, talked about the Sales Surtax program and how it was transforming school facilities.
The tour showcased the $200M facility renewal program at Brevard Schools. It also showcased the television broadcasting program at Bayside High, which interviewed the attendees, and the Culinary Institute at Melbourne High, which catered the luncheon. The JROTC Honor Guard at Viera High also participated. The fundraising event will permit both chapters to award scholarships to local engineering students.
ASHRAE hosted a follow up meeting with Brevard Schools to explore how the chapter could become involved in the BPS STEM programs.


Inspecting the combined central plant at Southwest Middle/Turner Elementary campus.

Overview of the engineering design—air-cooled chillers, ice storage, bipolar ionization.

Inspecting the two new air-cooled chillers and the 20-year old ice storage tanks at Bayside High.