August 02, 2007
By: by Steve Janack, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, CNSE
(Albany, NY) - More than 450 attendees, including high-level energy industry executives, top state and federal government officials and leading university researchers, gathered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany on July 30 and 31 for the second annual New Energy Symposium, presented by New Energy New York ("NENY") and CNSE's Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center ("E2TAC").
Expanded this year to two full days, the event was highlighted by the first-ever New York Hydrogen Expo, organized in partnership with the National Hydrogen Association and Energetics, which included a "Ride & Drive" at which individuals were able to test drive hydrogen-fueled vehicles made by several automakers, including Toyota, General Motors, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
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, the New Energy Symposium was co-chaired by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and KeySpan Chairman and CEO Robert Catell, and featured keynote speeches from U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ("NYSERDA") President and CEO Paul Tonko; NYS Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation ("NYSTAR") Acting Executive Director Edward Reinfurt; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") Commissioner Alexander "Pete" Grannis; KeySpan Energy Executive Vice President David Manning; and, Rocky Mountain Institute CEO Amory Lovins.
In addition, a series of panel discussions were held covering a host of topics related to alternative energy, including investment opportunities, energy policy, photovoltaics, biofuels, wind technology and commercialization, that involved representatives from over 65 leading energy companies from New York and beyond. Two hands-on alternative energy workshops targeted toward middle school and high school teachers were presented by The NEED Project and MRS Enterprises LLC. And, the Capital District Transportation Authority ("CDTA") provided hybrid buses to transport attendees throughout the event.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said, "It is exciting to see New York State's emergence as a recognized leader in the development of clean and renewable energy technologies that are critical to reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The companies represented here today are breaking new ground in technology development, while at the same time creating new jobs and opportunities across the state."
"The New Energy Symposium is a positive step in addressing America's challenging energy needs," said Robert Catell, Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Energy. "It reinforces New York's strong commitment to developing and supporting alternative energy technologies that will provide clean and renewable energy."
"What an exciting opportunity to have so many leading energy companies in one place to exchange information and solutions that create real opportunities for new, sustainable and low-impact renewable alternatives," said Paul Tonko, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. "This second annual New Energy Symposium represents an investment toward a much cleaner, more sustainable and economically beneficial future for New York State and the nation."
"The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to host and lead an event which is both exciting and important," said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE. "The New Energy Symposium gives leading executives from the energy industry, state and federal government, and academia an opportunity to formulate alternative energy strategies, while also demonstrating New York State's leadership in driving the critical energy and environmental technologies of the future."
"This year's second annual New Energy Symposium, highlighted by the addition of the Hydrogen Expo, is showcasing New York's efforts to develop and expand the potential for hydrogen to generate clean and renewable energy," said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Executive Director of NENY and Director of E2TAC. "With more than 450 attendees on hand to discuss emerging trends and new opportunities related to alternative energy, the event represents an important step toward spurring energy independence in the U.S and beyond."
NYSTAR Acting Executive Director Edward Reinfurt said, "Reaching the state's energy objectives will require an extraordinary collaborative effort between industry, academia and government. NYSTAR is excited by the opportunity to help identify the people and the technologies which will enable us to achieve our goals."
Panelists at the event represented a host of companies,including General Electric, General Motors, Plug Power, UTC, EYP, KeySpan Energy, New York Power Authority, NYSERDA, Earthrise Capital, Lazard Capital, New York Solar Energies Industry Association, BP Solar, CDTA, AWS True Wind and Northeast Biofuels, among others. The event was presented by NYSERDA and sponsored by CDTA, Plug Power, Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti, Skansa, EYP Architecture & Engineering, CACT at Alfred University, General Motors and Air Products.
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.
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 http://www.neny.org/.
The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) was created in 1998. It was established as an active expansion of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to work with companies in the rapidly emerging energy and environmental industries. E2TAC provides a critical platform for CNSE 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 http://www.e2tac.org/.
About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. In May 2007, it was ranked as the world's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology in the Annual College Ranking by Small Times magazine. CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $4 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 1,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex, including IBM, AMD, SONY, Toshiba, Qimonda, Honeywell, ASML, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Freescale. An expansion currently underway will increase the size of CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex to over 750,000 square feet, including over 80,000 square feet of Class 1 cleanroom space, to house more than 2,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty by the end of 2008. For more information, visit http://www.cnse.albany.edu/.