December 06, 2006

‘Ny Loves Energy Initiative Promotes Technology, Companies At Two Major Industry Conferences

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech

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(Albany) - New York State's growing recognition as a national leader in the development of cutting-edge clean and alternative energy technologies and companies will be on display at two major energy industry conferences as part of the NY Loves EnergyTM initiative.

This week, led by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany and CNSE's Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center ("E2TAC"), NY Loves EnergyTM will spearhead a contingent of 12 regional and statewide companies and organizations at the world's largest power generation conference, Power-Gen International 2006, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 attendees to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Nov. 28 to 30. The NY Loves EnergyTM delegation will present displays at a joint pavilion and host a networking reception on Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 pm, expected to attract hundreds of attendees.

Meanwhile, NY Loves EnergyTM will also have a significant presence at the Power-Gen Renewable Energy & Fuels conference, scheduled for March 6 to 8, 2007 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, at which the biggest names in renewables will discuss technical, strategic, regulatory, structural and economic issues. Presented in cooperation with the American Council on Renewable Energy ("ACORE"), this is the premier event covering the critical trends and issues that impact the wind, solar, biomass and fuels, hydro and geothermal sectors.

"The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, through E2TAC, is pleased to lead the NY Loves EnergyTM delegation to Power-Gen International 2006 and Power-Gen Renewable Energy & Fuels in 2007, two of the world's premier conferences dedicated to the energy industry," said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Professor of Nanoengineering at CNSE and Director of E2TAC. "With more than 170 clean energy companies involved in a wide range of renewable energy technologies, from photovoltaics and fuel cells to wind power and ultracapacitors, New York is gaining national recognition as a leader in next-generation alternative energy technologies, and the UAlbany NanoCollege looks forward to leading the effort to showcase these cutting-edge technologies and companies at the prestigious Power-Gen conferences."

"At a time when the energy sector is increasingly recognized as vital to our national interest, in terms of both efficiency and economic impact, New York State is demonstrating extraordinary success in advancing the energy technologies that are critical to future growth and progress," said Gerald Shaye, Director, International Trade Development with Empire State Development. "Under the leadership of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the NY Loves EnergyTM initiative is playing a prominent role in that effort, and Empire State Development is pleased to lend its support to this important endeavor."

Together with CNSE's E2TAC, partners participating at Power-Gen International 2006 as part of the NY Loves EnergyTM initiative include AGT Services, AWS Truewind, DayStar Technologies, ECG Consulting Group, Empire State Development, E/One, Greno Industries, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, New Energy New York, MSE Power Systems, Plug Power and Team Worldwide.

Designed to brand New York as a hot spot for the development and growth of energy-related technologies and companies - while also maximizing related opportunities for economic development - the NY Loves EnergyTM initiative is uniquely positioned to present New York as a home to next-generation alternative energy solutions amid a climate of rising energy costs. In addition to CNSE's E2TAC, the NY Loves EnergyTM initiative is supported by organizations that include New Energy New York ("NENY"), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ("NYSERDA"), Empire State Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce, along with a host of industrial suppliers that have joined forces to promote New York's energy industry internationally.

About E2TAC. The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) was created in 1998. It was established as an active expansion of Albany NanoTech to work with companies in the rapidly emerging energy and environmental industries. E2TAC provides a critical platform for ANT to leverage its intellectual power base and state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide an applications-targeted resource supporting technology development, leading to the integration of microelectronics and nanotechnology in advanced energy and environmental applications. For more information, visit E2TAC's Web site at http://www.e2tac.org/.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics concepts, and in May 2006, it was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The UAlbany Nanocollege is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.  The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer. CNSE has more than 250 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world's largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies.  For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at http://cnse.albany.edu/.