December 16, 2005
By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech
(Albany) - Amid growing concern nationwide over the rising cost of energy, nearly two dozen companies and organizations involved in the NY Loves Energy initiative will showcase a variety of clean and alternative energy technologies this week at the world’s largest power generation conference.
The NY Loves Energy initiative - developed and led by the Energy and Environmental Technology Application Center (E2TAC) at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany-State University of New York, located at Albany NanoTech - will sponsor a pavilion and host a reception during the Power-Gen International 2005 conference, which is expected to draw 15,000 attendees to the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas from Dec. 6-8.
The contingent is the largest cooperative effort to date for NY Loves Energy, which is designed to brand New York as a hot spot for the development and growth of energy-related companies and at the same time maximize related opportunities for economic development. New York is the third-largest consumer of energy among all states, spending almost $43 billion in energy bills in 2003. New York is also well-suited to benefit from the expansion of new energy technologies, with more than 170 businesses in this sector, as well as universities that are conducting cutting-edge research and development.
“Concern over rising energy costs is fueling greater interest in the development of alternative energy technologies, from photovoltaics to fuel cells,” said Pradeep Haldar, founder of NY Loves Energy and director of E2TAC. “Through innovative nanoscale research being done at facilities like Albany NanoTech, combined with E2TAC’s ability to partner with energy companies to provide education, outreach and business acceleration services, New York is poised to play a leadership role in leveraging these new technologies and developing the next generation of energy companies.”
In addition to CNSE/E2TAC, the NY Loves Energy initiative is supported by organizations that include New Energy New York (NENY, www.neny.org), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA, www.nyserda.org), Empire State Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Center for Economic Growth, along with a host of industrial suppliers that have joined forces to promote New York’s energy industry internationally.
Private industry partners participating at Power-Gen International as part of the NY Loves Energy initiative include AGT Services, Clough Harbour & Associates, DayStar Technologies, ECG Consulting, Environment One, Excelsior College, Greno Industries, MSE Power Systems, National Grid, Northeast Inspection Services Inc., NYSERDA, Plug Power, Siemens, Team Worldwide and VStream Manufacturing. Meanwhile, up to 200 guests are expected to attend a reception on Dec. 7 sponsored by NY Loves Energy that will feature a panel discussion on emerging and clean-energy technologies in New York.
“We look forward to participating at Power-GEN 2005 with all our colleagues in our fast-growing community of exciting New York State energy-related companies,” said Allen S. Goodman, president of ECG Consulting Group Inc. “Power-GEN provides a unique opportunity to network and obtain international exposure at the energy industry's leading global power conference.”
“Greno Industries is excited to be part of the New York Loves Energy group,” said Peter Bennice, president of international sales for Greno Industries Inc. “As a first-time exhibitor, we look forward to our Power-Gen ’05 experience.”
“We consider New York state to be a strategic partner in the development of E/One’s Utility Systems Business,” said Environment One Corporation President Philip Welsh. “Thanks to assistance from various Empire State Development programs, as well networking enabled by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and E2TAC at Albany NanoTech, E/One continues to grow in the power generation segment, as we broaden our international scope of services and equipment supply.”
“With the support of E2TAC at Albany NanoTech and its NY Loves Energy initiative, AGTServices Inc. of Amsterdam, NY has been given the opportunity to share with the rest of the world the services it provides to the power generation industry,” said AGTServices Inc. President Mike Bresney. “Through the venue of Power-Gen International and this collaborative effort, AGTServices Inc. is able to reach both domestic and international utilities with our energy and cost-efficient solutions for turbine generator repairs.”
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 at the University at Albany-SUNY is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the development and deployment of innovative nanoscience and nanoengineering concepts. CNSE is located in the most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world. The $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The complex is also home to CNSE’s 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.In 2005, CNSE had 115 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.