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Bing Energy
(Tallahassee, FL / FSU Technology)
2051 E Paul Dirac Dr
Tallahassee, FL, 32310
By utilizing a revolutionary carbon nanotube based solution, Bing Energy International (BEI) has developed a product and process that maximizes the effectiveness of the platinum catalyst required for PEM fuel cells. PEM fuel cells are relatively low temperature devices that can be used in a wide variety of applications ranging from backup power, to automotive power, to stationary power generation. The result is equal or better electrical output, from only 30% of the platinum and with increased durability. This technology has been independently verified to meet nearly all of the Department of Energy’s hydrogen fuel cell goals for the year of 2015.

Capacitech Energy, LLC
Orlando, FL / UCF Technology)

Copper wires power our lives. The simple electricity-transferring cables, used since the 1820s, bring energy into our homes, connect our telecommunications and make our electronic devices work. And now assistant professor Jayan Thomas of the NanoScience Technology Center has found a way to improve a regular copper wire and transform it into a supercapacitor cable. “This device can change the way we power the world,” says Thomas.


Emerald Endeavors, Inc.
(Anderson, SC / UF Technology)
81 Technology Drive, Box 14
Anderson, SC, 29625


Evident Energy Ltd
(Gainesville, FL / UF Technology)

Evident Energy is a software-as-service company with a complete utility-to-customer platform that
assists utility companies and their customers in energy conservation. Utilities use the Evident platform to
deliver customer-facing applications that reduce energy demand, increase utility conservation program
efficiency and strengthen customer relationships

Florida FGT, LLC
(Gainesville, FL / UF Technology)
PO Box 357103
Gainesville, FL 32635
Florida FGT provides professional advice to forest and agricultural landowners on various aspects of the use of fast-growing Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Populus, Taxodium, and Pinus species.



Florida Sustainables
(Gainesville, FL / UF Technology)

Florida Sustainables innovates and markets sustainable materials, especially biorenewable and degradable polymers designed to replace petroleum-based plastics. The company synthesizes polymers called polyesteracetals, providing the strength of petroleum-based plastics lacking in other “green” plastics made from PLAs or polylactic acid. Their plastics stand up to heat better than current “green” plastics and are not brittle and noisy such as the bag SunChips abandoned due to consumer complaints. They also degrade within five to 10 years of their usable life compared to 1,000 years for petroleum plastics, and they do not require the composting conditions of PLAs to break down.


Garmor, Inc.
(Orlando FL – UCF Technology)
6317 McCoy Road, Suite 100
Orlando, Florida 32822
Garmor has developed a simple yet effective method of producing edge-functionalized graphene oxide. Whereas traditional methods have relied upon powerful oxidizing agents and acids to produce graphene, Garmor relies upon new advances in milling technology to produce graphene oxide yielding only water as a by-product. These proprietary achievements eliminate hazardous waste disposal costs and deliver a product suitable for large scale production at commodity-type prices.


General Capacitor
Tallahassee, FL / FSU Technology)
132-1 Hamilton Park Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
General Capacitor LLC is a privately held company and was founded in 2012 to manufacture advanced Li-Ion capacitors.

Helicon Chemical Company
(Orlando, FL/ UCF Technology)This Orlando, Florida company is transforming recent advances in nanotechnology into commercial products. Their first products are a set of nanoparticle ingredients for high-energy fuels and propellants for the aviation and aerospace industries. Helicon’s products promise to increase safety, efficiency, and performance, and reduce environmental impact compared to the conventional jet and rocket fuels and propellants. The technology and founders are from the University of Central Florida.

Helicon Chemical Company


High Performance Magnetics
(Tallahassee, FL / FSU Technology)
3240 Capital Circle SW, Suite 3
Tallahassee, FL  32310
High Performance Magnetics designs, fabricates and tests advanced cable-in-conduit (CIC) magnet components. CICs are typically used in large-bore, fast-ramping superconducting magnets for high-tech applications such as Magnetically Confined Fusion Energy, High-Field Magnet Laboratories, Spallation Neutron Sources, and Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage devices.


(Orlando FL – UCF Technology)
530 E Central Bvld 804
Orlando, Fl 32801
Reduced PV degradation and increased PV output are achieved with a ThermoElectric (TE) cell printed on the substrate of the PV cell, then operating the TE cell as a Peltier cooler powered by the PV cell itself. Though diversion of any PV output seems self-defeating, favorable gains in net energy production are achieved by exploiting the large differences in the PV temperature-degradation curve (%Voc/oC) and the heat transport curve (Energyelectric/Energyheat) of the TE cell. Note the very short distances this heat must be transferred, from the PV wafer to the backplane (< 1 mm), and it becomes apparent very little parasitic energy is required from the PV cell. The economics then become attractive, provided the TE materials and process for manufacture of the PV-TE Hybrid are low cost. HybridaSol won a NSF Phase 1 SBIR award and secured new management to run the company and production development. They now have 4 employees.


HySense Technology, LLC
(Rockledge FL – UCF Technology)
Manufactures chemochromic (color-changing) pigments for flammable gas leak detection applications. HySense Technology, LLC believes that in the current and future national energy portfolio, hydrogen and natural gas are two of the most important energy resources. However, keeping such flammable gases contained to establish a safe environment for producers and end utilizers is of utmost importance. Presently, the large majority of gas leak detection systems have been focused on the development of electronic sensors. Electronic sensors have several drawbacks including loss of sensitivity in the field due to the environmental effects, costs, and problems associated with power required on-site. Thus, a visually easy to detect leak detector can greatly enhance the market acceptance and expansion of these valuable energy sources. HySense won CAT5 Awards recently and received $100K funding from the program. They have also received a R&D 100 Award, and has sales with large customers – major utilities, GE, etc.

Innovative Space Tech., Inc
(Orlando, FL / UF Technology)
7512 Dr Phillips Blvd (50-117)
Orlando, FL 32819

IST is a research and development company headquartered in Florida that provides resources for technology development and commercialization. IST clients are in the aerospace, defense, energy, and emerging technology markets. IST transitions research and development (both basic and applied) efforts from government, academic, and industry partners to mature technology offerings.


Mud Power, Inc.
(Saint Petersburg, FL/ USF Technology)

Mud Power has developed modular long-term power solutions that harness energy generated in a natural process by microorganisms found in marine sediments. Customers will be able to significantly increase the length and data resolution of their deployments located near the seafloor. TRDA has provided mentoring on customer acquisition strategies and assistance with obtaining a tech transfer license from the University of South FL. UCF FLCAN staff also assisted with the tech transfer license coaching, SBIR grant mentoring, and a competitive technology matrix/analysis for their MegaWatt Ventures’ 2011 $100,000 award milestones.


NanoPhotonica, Inc.
(Gainesville, FL / UF Technology)
7025 CR 46A, Suite 1071 #322
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
NanoPhotonica is developing breakthrough nanomaterials, production techniques and associated products that will enable market-altering improvements to optoelectronic products. The company is developing a number of innovations that will transform both the flat panel display and solar panel/green energy sectors. For example, smartphones and camera displays will be able to operate with 50% less power than traditional LCDs. In addition, the production costs are anticipated to be 75% lower than display competitors, while still providing more vivid colors and greater ease of viewing. For display applications, the company’s patented, all-solution-processable quantum dot light-emitting diodes technique (S-QLED®) allows fabrication of displays using ink-jet printing methods. This printing method is well-established and long proven for a variety uses and reduces current fabrication costs substantially. NanoPhotonica uses core nanomaterials that enable the company to make simple, very low cost manufacturing techniques possible because plentiful, low-cost elements are used during production. For solar cell applications, NanoPhotonica-based organic thin-film products will benefit from cost/watt levels that are only 1/3 that of current generation thin-film products, substantially less than fossil fuel levels and at weights that are a fraction of thin-film competitors. The product can be cheaply and easily installed but without the module efficiency and lifetime shortcomings that plague rival organic solutions.


Solar Fuel Corporation
(Gainesville, FL / UF Technology)

Solar Fuel, is a high growth, solar, biofuels (non-biomass) company that uses a proprietary low pressure/high temperature thermochemical process and proprietary reactor to convert solar energy, water and CO2 into fuel (hydrogen or syngas). Solar Fuel: 1) has a flexible, mobile footprint accommodating varying locations, 2) zero carbon footprint and 3) produces cost competitive, (non-subsidized) fuel. Solar Fuel has raised (late 2011) $3MM from the DOE, $35K from the University of Florida and completed a bench prototype. Solar Fuel is currently scaling the product and is in discussions with potential strategic partners including oil and gas, defense, utility, states and neighboring nations.


Solar Powder
(Gainesville, FL, UF Technology)
Solar Powder is a solar-energy company that has developed an innovative technology that will set a new low cost point for solar energy. The company plans to manufacture and distribute high-efficiency, high yield, low cost solar panels. The company is making green energy more affordable and accessible with the industry’s low-cost energy solution. The technology behind Solar Powder uses CIGS, a semiconductor absorber layer composed of copper, indium, gallium and selenium. CIGS was chosen because of its high cell efficiency, high energy yield, and now with Solar Powder, its low cost of manufacturing when compared to other semiconductor material, such as crystalline. Solar Powder has developed a process for the synthesis of the CIGS absorber layer that addresses the major manufacturing cost factors challenged by other CIGS methods. This includes a proprietary nano-powder that is mixed with a secret Solar Powder solvent to allow for liquid application. Solar Powder solar panels can be produced at scale and high yield. Solar Powder’s low cost is a function of low equipment costs, high materials utilization, and lower temperature requirement at atmospheric pressure.


TALAWAH Technologies
(Orlando FL – UCF Technology)
TALAWAH Technologies develop wireless hydrogen sensors and a proven communication system that all consume little battery power for detecting physical characteristics in complex environments. TALAWAH Technologies is founded on joint research conducted at the University of Central Florida and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration at Kennedy Space Center. TALAWAH Technologies has commercialized the coherence multiplexed transceiver (CMT) for communication with surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors. This partnership lead to the invention of the coherence multiplexed SAW sensor system in 2012 and demonstrated a working matrix of SAW sensors that were able to read temperature and range data at distances over 20 meters. Talawah is a pivoting company and have picked up a strong sensor expert mentor recently to identify new opportunities.


Trash to Cash Energy, LLC.
(Tampa, FL / USF Technology)
Trash 2 Cash converts landfill gas to customer specific liquid fuel. The proprietary gas to liquid process converts naturally produced landfill gas (LFG), composed mainly of methane and carbon dioxide, to hydrocarbon fuels specific to the customer needs such as diesel fuel. Trash 2 Cash couples a patent pending Fischer Tropsch (FT) eggshell catalyst to an innovative process design, incorporating a novel tri-reforming reaction to reduce the troublesome impurities found in crude bio-derived gases and produce desired syngas for the FT reaction. This alleviates many problems associated with accumulating municipal solid waste (MSW) in landfills and provides a domestic, sustainable, green fuel.


US Bioplastics
(Orlando FL – UF Technology)
515 North Park Avenue, Suite 216
Winter Park, FL 32789
US Bioplastics, an Orlando-based company that takes feedstock waste, paper production by-products, or other plant waste to practical use and then returns it to the environment without damaging the ecology. US Bioplastics’ flagship product Gatoresin™, based on technology licensed from the University of Florida, is a bio-renewable, water-degradable plastic designed for use in highly disposable applications. Gatoresin eliminates the possibility of environmental contamination by replacing non-degradable petroleum-based plastics with materials derived from agricultural and other waste products.



United States


New Energy Technologies, Inc.
(Columbia MD, USF Technology)

New Energy Technologies is developing the first-of-its kind SolarWindow technology, which enables see-through windows to generate electricity by “spraying” their glass surfaces with New Energy’s electricity-generating coatings – the subject of eleven patent filings.




Bing Energy
(Tallahassee, FL / FSU Technology)
By utilizing a revolutionary carbon nanotube based solution, Bing Energy International (BEI) has developed a product and process that maximizes the effectiveness of the platinum catalyst required for PEM fuel cells. PEM fuel cells are relatively low temperature devices that can be used in a wide variety of applications ranging from backup power, to automotive power, to stationary power generation. The result is equal or better electrical output, from only 30% of the platinum and with increased durability. This technology has been independently verified to meet nearly all of the Department of Energy’s hydrogen fuel cell goals for the year of 2015.