Eric A. Layton received a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree
from the University of Florida with an extensive understanding of solar
power, bioenergy, and sustainable solutions. Mr. Layton has specific
skill sets in designing solar systems, design and engineering of biofuel
systems, and nuclear reactor training from the University of Florida.
Mr. Layton has a proven ability to use applied research, especially when
he designed and built the largest educational solar powered biodiesel
facility in the United States in Gainesville, Florida. He was also the
lead researcher into using solar power to grow algae in order to produce
biodiesel. Mr. Layton grew several algal strains for future algae
biodiesel research including construction of a 100% solar powered
His current endeavors involve consulting for
solar electric as well as solar hot water systems across the Southeast
United States. Mr. Layton is actively involved with the design,
engineering, installation, and monitoring of many solar systems with International Renewable Energy in the United States and across the world.
Current projects include building biogas plants (anaerobic digesters) across the Southeast United States as well as building solar systems.
Excerpt from the former UF Biodiesel program:
the architect of the UF Biodiesel project. With over a year of design
and build experience, he is the lead production engineer and a
biofuels technology enthusiast. His background in renewable energy
includes the construction of a solar powered automobile. Layton has
provided contributions in the areas of fuel cell, nuclear, and hybrid
rocket technology. In addition, he is currently conducting research
on growing algae for obtaining algal oil. Layton received the
UF Sustainable Solutions Award as a testament to his leadership and
dedication to campus sustainability."