Florida offers a strong testing ground and a large potential market for solar technologies as well as a network of companies specializing in solar thermal equipment, and module and systems components. The state is also home to a number of the leading utilities innovating in this sector.
Florida is one of the best places for solar energy generation technologies – it averages roughly 240 days of year-round sunshine and receives 85% of the maximum solar resource available in the U.S. With more than 430 companies and nearly 16,000 workers, Florida has one of the largest concentrations in the U.S of suppliers of silicon, solar PV module components, and balance of systems components. It ranks among the top 5 states in the production of solar thermal collectors. .
Businesses producing biofuels from biomass, appreciate Florida's high volume of biomass feedstock – accounting for about 7% of total U.S. biomass output, by some estimates. Indeed, Florida leads the nation in biomass production, including sugarcane, citrus and forest residues, and urban wood waste. Some of the best biomass energy research is conducted at Florida universities. Florida has demonstrated particular strengths in "next generation" biofuels development and production. .
Florida has several long-standing advantages that give it an edge in storage technologies, including fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen production and storage, and others. Storage devices being developed by Florida businesses include those for RFID, automotive and solar storage use. Florida organizations frequently collaborate with NASA and the Department of Energy on fuel cells and hydrogen technologies research. Their expertise and skilled workforce attract major storage firms such as Saft and innovators such as Planar Energy to locate here.
Florida's extensive coastline and proximity to the Gulf Stream, the most energy-dense ocean current, make it ideal for a range of ocean energy R&D and deployment activities. The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University and its many peers are working with industry partners to develop ocean energy technologies that provide electricity, hydrogen, and potable water, as well as alternative methods for residential cooling.
A range of complementary technologies will comprise the smart grid, promising to improve power distribution and reduce consumption while connecting to diverse load, storage and generation resources. Florida's advantages for smart grid companies include strong expertise in microelectronics, computer systems and microgrid strategies as well as a vast and receptive market for smart grid deployment, led by Florida's progressive utilities. Smart grid equipment and services providers find Florida's growing market a great place to be..
ADVANCED MATERIALS & PRODUCTS
Advanced materials research has long been an area of excellence in Florida's universities and now many Florida companies are capitalizing on this expertise to bring to market energy efficiency products incorporating nanomaterials and coatings, ceramics and polymers, or LED and OLED technologies, among others.
The growing green building sector incorporates several specialties where Florida businesses lead, including green architecture and green communities, building materials, energy controls and building systems design.
The latest water testing, desalination and remediation technologies depend on advances in photonics, and bio- and nano-technologies, for all of which Florida is a known center of excellence. Florida's strong trade connections with emerging markets also position it as an ideal location for businesses developing clean water technologies.
AIR & ENVIRONMENT
As a cleantech mainstay, the environmental monitoring, compliance and remediation sector is strongly represented in Florida. The state's expertise in bioremediation and waste treatment technologies is complemented with emerging capabilities in environmental management software, array biosensors and other related areas..
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