Jeff Sharkey brings in another cutting-edge client

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When it comes to an eye for cutting edge stuff, think Capitol Alliance Group — the lobbying outfit that is home to Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Biehl.

The two have represented interests including Tesla Motors, the National Electrical Contractors Association, and Space Exploration Technologies, and were recently featured in a blog post about the first Florida lobbyists to represent the state’s budding medical marijuana industry. Indeed, Sharkey and Biehl have founded as well as lobby for the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida.

Now add to the duo’s roster this high-tech startup: Bing Energy International, which came to be through the efforts of two Florida State University researchers whose innovations renew the hope of a hydrogen-powered future.

A May 27 Florida Trend article featured Ben Wang and Jim Zheng’s work. Wang, Zheng, and FSU post-doctorate student Wei Zhu, spent three years developing a cell that could sustain a vehicle for the equivalent of 100,000 miles, is more stable and has a longer lifespan than other cells, and costs about the same amount o produce. With the help of a college friend, Harry Chen, Zheng founded Bing Energy, which headquarters its 10 employee staff in Tallahassee.

But while Bing’s technologies bring substantial promise for consumers and commercial interests, regulatory and policy environments will play a role in how and when these revolutionary advances come to be. That’s where Capitol Alliance Grop comes in.

“We are excited to be working with them,” said Biehl, “in making their vision of a hydrogen-powered future a reality.”

Photo via Florida Trend.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.