August 02, 2007
By: by Richard A. D'Errico, The Business Review
Gov. Eliot Spitzer has proclaimed July 30 "Hydrogen Day."
And July 31, in case you're wondering, is "Clean Energy Technology Day."
The proclamations coincide with the second annual New Energy Symposium held at the Albany NanoTech complex in Albany, N.Y.
The symposium is designed to highlight the state's efforts in developing future alternative energy technology.
The complex is home to the state University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, as well as the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center, known as E2TAC.
About 500 people have registered to attend the two-day event. U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Saratoga Springs) said she was backing legislation that would put more money toward researching alternative energy technologies and provide tax breaks for researchers working on "clean" technology.
Gillibrand looked over a line of hydrogen cars made by BMW, Mercedes as well as Toyota and GM. The cars on display were part the New York Hydrogen Expo and attendees were welcome to take the cars out for a spin.
"I'm incredibly inspired," the congresswoman said as she gazed at the hydrogen-powered cars. "I really want to do whatever I can to get these cars into the market."