October 17, 2006
By: by Fuel Cell Works
Source:The Business Review
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the state University at Albany will use a nearly $2 million state grant to create an "energy test farm" where research on renewable energy technologies will conducted.
The $1.9 million grant from the New York state Office of Science Technology and Academic Research is being made through the office's Center for Advanced Technology development program. Researchers will develop and test nanomaterials and nanoelectronics for use in clean energy technologies such as fuel cells and solar cells.
The test farm is to be located at the college, and plans are in the works to hire a staff to run and manage the facility, said Pradeep Haldar, professor and head of the NanoEngineering constellation and director of the Energy and Environmental Applications Center at the college.
Local companies, such as DayStar Technologies of Halfmoon, N.Y., Plug Power Inc. in Latham, MTech Laboratories of Ballston Spa, and Custom Electronics Inc. of Oneonta will take part in the research, building on previous collaborations.
"What this allows us to do is go to the next level and actually test the products in a live demonstration facility," said Haldar.
At the test farm researchers will be able to study the products in an environment that replicates the conditions where the products are intended to be used.