The First Coast Manufacturers Association is a non-profit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15% of the total gross regional product.
Alternate Energy Technologies (AET) is the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar thermal equipment and has been in operation in the State of Florida uninterrupted since 1975. Today AET proudly owns and operates THERMAFIN™ Manufacturing, originally founded in 1979. THERMAFIN™ has the distinction of producing the world’s finest and most efficient solar thermal absorbers plates and fin tubes. Its reputation for excellence is based on its exclusive, durable high frequency forge welding process and superior performance of its proprietary Crystal Clear™ Selective Coating.
Solar water heating systems capture the sun’s radiant energy to provide a portion of the water heating requirements for residential and commercial customers, reducing the quantity of natural gas or electricity that is used to heat water. Solar water heating is a proven technology dating back thousands of years and boasts efficiencies that are unmatched within the solar market. Solar thermal is also the most cost effective, least capital intensive renewable technology available.
In 2006 water heaters accounted for 15% of residential energy use in the United States, consuming 111 billion kWh of electricity, over one trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 725 million gallons of fuel oil, and 700 million gallons of liquefied petroleum gas.
Conservative projections of large scale solar thermal integration predict annual carbon based fuel and CO2 emissions reductions between 2 and 4%. This would equate to annual power production greater than 190,000 GW.