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11/22/2013 9:20:53 AM

The Buffalo News: Kaloyeros: ‘Like the Bills winning the Superbowl’

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The Buffalo News

Leave it to Alain E. Kaloyeros, the salesman-scientist with the outsized personality, to succinctly explain how a clean-energy campus planned for a South Buffalo brownfield is connected to his multibillion-dollar university research megaplex in Albany.

The $1.7 billion high-tech development eyed for the former Republic Steel site here won’t make computer chips, so how will this green-energy project tie in to the nanotechnology economy now booming at the other end of the state?

To answer this question for a roomful of people, Kaloyeros took his smartphone out of his pocket.

The SUNY Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering run by Kaloyeros develops ever-smaller and more-powerful computer chips, including those that run smartphones, tablets and laptops, Kaloyeros said.

The two companies moving to the RiverBend site – Soraa and Silevo – work in the green-energy realm where the batteries and the lights behind the screen displays for those devices are made, he said.

The other tie that binds the two projects is Kaloyeros himself – and he wasn’t shy about predicting success for his latest high-tech initiative.

“Folks, this is real. This is like the Yankees coming to Buffalo. This is like the Bills winning the Super Bowl,” he said at Thursday’s news conference in Adam’s Mark Hotel.

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