Cleantech Lab Network Available through FL-CAN Program

Universities Collaborate to Provide a List of Lab Facilities Dedicated to Clean Technology Development

ORLANDO, FL - March 7, 2012 - The Florida Cleantech Acceleration Network Program (FL-CAN) has collaborated with universities within the State University System of Florida to produce an extensive list of laboratory facilities geared towards cleantech industries.

This resource will help entrepreneurs, students, scientists, and established companies connect to laboratories in the state that they need to develop commercial products using Florida-based research.

The list of facilities includes approximately thirty different locations stretching from Boca Raton to Tallahassee and Cocoa to Tampa.  Conveniently, www.flcleantech.com has the list organized and sortable by lab title, focus area, and university location.  The FL CAN Lab Network is continually updated as new locations are made available or established.

Locations have a wide range of functions, but some cater to very specific needs of the cleantech industry, like the Flexible Roof Facility (FRF), a UCF Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) test facility in Cocoa.  This facility is designed to test various residential roofing systems by using six separate attic “cells” that are heavily instrumented with sensors to collect data.  Another example, the Particle Engineering Research Center (PERC), is a 17,000 sq. ft. University of Florida facility that includes six analytical laboratories, two processing labs, and a 5,000 sq. ft. testbed with a high bay area, two-ton crane, loading dock, compressed air, and other necessities required to conduct pilot scale experiments.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or if you have questions, head to www.flcleantech.com or contact Ian Grant at 407/882-0345 or Ian.Grant@ucf.edu.

About FL-CAN: FL-CAN program links Florida-based universities, incubation networks, investors and industry resources together to create a network of Proof of Concept centers to accelerate the creation and commercialization of innovative clean technology research into new technology companies or to license into existing firms.  FL-CAN is administered via a partnership between the University of Central Florida, The Technological Research and Development Authority, and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium.

UCF Stands For Opportunity: The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan research university that ranks as the second largest in the nation with more than 58,000 students. UCF's first classes were offered in 1968. The university offers impressive academic and research environments that power the region's economic development. UCF's culture of opportunity is driven by our diversity, Orlando environment, history of entrepreneurship and our youth, relevance and energy. For more information visit http://news.ucf.edu.

The Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) works with early-stage technology companies and entrepreneurs to accelerate their business planning, fundraising efforts, business development strategies and growth. Since its inception in 1987, TRDA has mentored hundreds of technology entrepreneurs and has supported over 175 new technology companies that have created more than 1,350 high wage jobs throughout Florida. In May 2007 TRDA opened a 31,000 square foot incubator in Melbourne that currently provides facilities and business development services to early-stage technology companies in sectors that include clean energy, software, wireless, IT, semiconductor, biotechnology and other high tech industries. For more information visit http://www.trda.org/

The Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) was created in 2008 by Florida statute to promote collaboration among the energy experts at Florida’s 11 public universities for the purposes of sharing energy-related expertise and assisting in the development and implementation of a comprehensive energy strategic plan for the state.  The Consortium was charged with performing research and development on innovative energy systems that lead to alternative energy strategies, improved energy efficiencies, and expanded economic development for the state.  To kick off this program, the legislature provided approximately $40M for energy research, education, outreach, and technology commercialization at five of the Florida universities.  Please visit www.floridaenergy.ufl.edu to learn more about FESC.

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