November 06, 2006
By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech
Albany, NY – Building on a successful inaugural event held in June, the New Energy Symposium will be expanded to two days and add a Hydrogen Expo in 2007, according to its organizers, New Energy New York (“NENY”), a consortium of New York-based energy technology companies, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany.
The second annual New Energy Symposium, to be held on July 30 and 31, 2007 at the UAlbany NanoCollege’s Albany NanoTech complex, is designed to showcase the growing importance of alternative energy technologies, as well as New York’s leadership in developing and supporting clean and renewable energy companies.
New to the New Energy Symposium in 2007 will be a Hydrogen Expo, organized in partnership with the National Hydrogen Association and Energetics, which will feature technology demonstrations, student and public educational programs, and career information. The two-day event will also feature speakers and panel discussions on a variety of renewable energy technologies, including fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics and ultracapacitors, as well as a trade show and reception.
“The National Hydrogen Association is pleased to partner with New Energy New York, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Energetics in this first-ever Hydrogen Expo at the 2007 New Energy Symposium,” said Patrick Serfass, Director, Program and Technology Development for the National Hydrogen Association. “We’re looking forward to our collaboration with NENY and CNSE as we add a new and exciting event to the already successful New Energy Symposium. At the Hydrogen Expo, we hope to build on New York’s strong efforts in developing and supporting alternative energy technologies by demonstrating the positive role hydrogen can play in providing clean and renewable energy.”
“There is no question that the national interest in developing and commercializing alternative energy technologies is greater than ever,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, executive director of NENY and director of CNSE’s Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (“E2TAC”). “The New Energy Symposium provides a golden opportunity to demonstrate New York’s leadership in the development and growth of energy-related technologies and companies, while showcasing the alternative energy technologies that are critical to reducing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.”
The first New Energy Symposium, held June 23, attracted more than 200 executives from a host of energy technology companies across New York State and the Northeast and featured a major policy address by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, in which he outlined his “Manhattan Project” for energy, which would devote billions of dollars for new energy research and development, and create a new federal agency, the National Energy Efficiency Development Administration (“NEEDA”), to promote innovation.
About NENY. New Energy New York is a consortium of New York energy-related technology organizations convened to expand and promote energy technology excellence in New York State. Formation of NENY is the direct result of a forum hosted by U.S Senator Charles Schumer in December of 2002 to look at ways the state’s high-tech companies could interact to address energy-related technology issues. The idea behind creating a formal consortium of companies to pursue common technology initiatives is to bring attention to the area’s leadership on clean-energy resources, and to provide benefits to each of the members through cooperation and coordination of marketing initiatives. For more information, visit www.neny.org.
About E2TAC. The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) was created in 1998. It was established as an active expansion of the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to workwith companies in the rapidly emerging energy and environmental industries. E2TAC provides a critical platform for CNSE toleverage 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 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.