Magnetic Capital of the World
Magnetic Capital of the World

Florida’s Capital may seem small, but the opportunity here is huge! We’re dedicated to leveraging our exceptional resources in magnetics technology & applied sciences to identify business opportunities in Tallahassee-Leon County.

Competitive Assets

Our scientific innovation resources are particularly strong—with 28 preeminent university research facilities, specialty manufacturing companies, cutting-edge firms, top-tier institutions of higher learning, and State and Federal government research facilities. 

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world. Over 1,800 scientists and engineers use the facilities each year—most at no cost to them, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida. Graduate students, Nobel laureates, and researchers from academia and the corporate world travel from across the globe for a chance to work with unique, world-record instruments and experienced staff. Users are able to conduct cutting-edge research that expands the boundaries of scientific knowledge. In 2021, this research resulted in 415 peer-reviewed publications.

The Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) advances the science and technology of superconducting magnets, working from atomic-scale fundamentals, through complex conductors to the construction of the highest field superconducting magnets yet made. ASC has comprehensive laboratories for superconductor fabrication, superconducting property and microstructural evaluations, and magnet construction and testing. The ASC investigates low temperature and high-temperature materials through research grants and collaborations with other universities, national laboratories, and industry. The ASC continually educates postgraduate, graduate, and undergraduate students by our research and public service.

Innovation Park of Tallahassee is North Florida’s premier research park. Startups, and other pioneering businesses, are well equipped to innovate with two major universities, matchless resources, dynamic community collaboration, programs, and support. Innovation Park has grown to include 17 buildings and over 30 organizations, ranging from preeminent univers­­­­ity research facilities, to specialty manufacturing companies, to State and Federal government research facilities.

The multidisciplinary High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) performs research for emerging advanced composites, nanomaterials, multifunctional materials and devices, and advanced manufacturing. Currently, HPMI is involved in four primary technology areas: High-Performance Composite and Nanomaterials, Structural Health Monitoring, Multifunctional Nanomaterials Advanced Manufacturing and Process Modeling. Over the last several years, HPMI has proven a number of technology concepts that have the potential to narrow the gap between research and practical applications of nanotube-based materials.

The Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion was formed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving and highly competitive aerospace industry. The Center’s objectives are to help train and sustain the much needed, highly skilled workforce; to design and develop new technologies and products required to help sustain the aerospace industry, and to transition the technology to applications in a timely and efficient manner.

The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary research center organized to perform basic and applied research to advance the field of power systems technology. CAPS emphasis is on application to electric utility, defense, and transportation, as well as developing an education program to train the next generation of power systems engineers. The research focuses on electric power systems modeling and simulation, power electronics and machines, control systems, thermal management, cyber-security for power systems, high temperature superconductor characterization and electrical insulation research.

Danfoss is the leading manufacturer of oil-free compressors and is the pioneer of the Danfoss Turbocor compressor—the world’s first oil-free magnetic bearing compressor for the HVAC industry. Danfoss Turbocor compressors use advanced technology to deliver high efficiency and low sound levels in a compact footprint. Industry-leading performance is achieved by using oil-free magnetic bearings that provide world-class efficiency and zero performance degradation over the life of the compressor. Their Application Development Center in Tallahassee offers lab capacity to test new air conditioning solutions and improve application performance in a live environment.

North Florida Innovation Labs is a state-of-the-art, hard science, high-tech business incubator located in Innovation Park. The 40,000 ft2 (or 3716 m2) facility is designed to support over 100 early stage and growing tech companies in high-priority targeted industries. The facility will offer over 30 wet and dry labs; a tissue and bio-culture room; fabrication and prototype development spaces; over 20 offices; and multiple co-working spaces and conference rooms.

The colocation of leading HBCU Florida A&M University and the preeminent Florida State University — along with workforce development support from the Tallahassee Community College Advanced Manufacturing Training Center and Lively Technical Center — has organically grown a critical mass of innovative companies seeking the best and brightest our state has to offer. 


Home of the Florida Bitter Magnet

The resistive magnets built at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory are the highest-field resistive magnets in the world. They use a technology called the Florida Bitter magnet, invented right here in Tallahassee. The approach was first done by Francis Bitter in the 1930s, hence the name Bitter magnet. The Florida Bitter magnet, developed in the 1990s, improved the technology dramatically by optimizing the shape and spacing of the cooling holes—increasing efficiency by 40%. Now, 4 out of 5 of the largest magnet labs in the world use the Florida Bitter magnet technology.

How it Works

Florida Bitter magnets use copper sheet metal with lots of cooling holes in it, as well as insulating sheets with the same cooling hole pattern; they are stacked into a helix, then put voltage across the coil; high currents flow through the coil, typically about 40,000 amps; cold water flows through the cooling holes at a speed of about 45 MPH. (If you didn’t have the cooling water, the magnet would melt in a couple hundredths of a second)


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