August 30, 2012
Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor
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For Immediate Release: August 29, 2012
Collaboration is Projected to Create 250 Green Energy Jobs in Ulster County And Across Upstate New York
Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the U.S. Photovoltaic Consortium
(PVMC) and Ceres Technologies, a Hudson Valley-based nanotechnology
manufacturer, have launched a $20 million partnership in which Ceres
will become one of the first official suppliers of manufacturing
equipment to the PVMC. The PVMC is headquartered at the College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex.
Governor Robert Duffy today joined officials from CNSE, PVMC, and Ceres
Technologies in Saugerties to make the announcement.
this collaboration, Ceres projects the creation of more than 250 green
energy jobs over the next 5 years, including research and development
jobs, facilities and manufacturing jobs (including electrical and
mechanical, software, drafting, design engineers, and trades) at its
facility and supply chain in Saugerties and Kingston, as well as at CNSE
in Albany. To assist this partnership, $764,000 in Excelsior Tax
Credits has been awarded to Ceres by Empire State Development through
the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.
significant expansion shows that the investments we have made in
nanotechnology research in the Capital Region are generating economic
growth and creating jobs across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "This
new public-private partnership shows how government is working with the
private sector to invest in our state and grow our economy. We look
forward to continuing to partner with the private sector to expand
nanotechnology in every region of the state."
Robert Duffy said, "By making critical investments in the growing
nanotech sector, New York has made the Capital Region and Hudson Valley
the place to be for manufacturers of nanotechnology. Governor Cuomo has
helped open New York's doors to business, sending a message worldwide
that the state stands ready to help facilitate critical partnerships
between the public and private sector that create jobs and economic
development. This is yet another exciting announcement for New York's
growing nanotech industry."
The PVMC is a $400 million consortium
for cooperative research and development (R&D) among industry,
university, and government partners to accelerate the development,
commercialization, and manufacturing of next-generation solar
photovoltaic (PV) systems. Through access to world-class programs,
talent and advanced manufacturing development facilities at CNSE and
SEMATECH, PVMC is a proving ground for innovative solar technologies and
Ceres Technologies President and CEO
Kevin Brady said, "Ceres Technologies is thrilled to work in
collaboration with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to
provide advanced solar energy tools and equipment to the U.S.
Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. It is exciting to play a key role
in the national effort to accelerate the use of green energy in our
homes and businesses, and especially to have the opportunity to do so in
our own backyard, while growing our high-tech workforce in New York
CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros
said, "This partnership between the UAlbany NanoCollege and Ceres
Technologies further leverages the pioneering vision and groundbreaking
investments made by Governor Andrew Cuomo in next-generation computer
chip technologies by continuing to build New York’s globally recognized
nanotechnology economy. By expanding the critical ecosystem of
equipment, tool, and materials’ manufacturers and suppliers, while
concurrently assembling world-class capabilities in the fast-growing
solar energy industry, New York is establishing itself as a magnet for
leading global companies who know that innovation is essential to
technological and economic success in the 21st century."
Armbrust, CEO of SEMATECH, said, "As a national industry-led consortium,
PVMC is pulling together the supply chain to advance solar technologies
and manufacturing and accelerate the scale-up and commercialization of
low-cost, next generation PV systems. We are excited to partner with
Ceres to help introduce advanced thin film deposition equipment into our
manufacturing development facility, which is built upon the vision and
commitment of the U.S. Department of Energy and New York State."
Hall, PV Manufacturing Initiative Portfolio Manager for the U.S.
Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, said, "These advanced
manufacturing tools will enable PVMC to lead the US CIGS module and
supply chain community in making critical improvements in the efficiency
and cost of next-generation solar technology. These advances driven by
PVMC will play an important role in ensuring national competitiveness
amid the fast-growing worldwide solar industry."
Senator John J.
Bonacic said, "This partnership will bring hundreds of green energy jobs
to Saugerties and Kingston; Nanoscale Science and Engineering are the
backbone of our State’s economic future. This union will undoubtedly
advance and strengthen research and development of solar photovoltaics.
I am proud that Ulster County’s own nanotechnology manufacturer, Ceres
Technologies has become the very first official provider of equipment
to the PVMC."
Assembly Member Pete Lopez said, "Promoting
innovation and technology is critical to the region and the state as a
whole if our businesses are to remain competitive across the globe. This
partnership between Ceres Technologies and SUNY College of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering is one that Governor Cuomo and my office are
aggressively working to repeat in the Hudson Valley and beyond. We
encourage other businesses to strengthen their relationships with our
state and private colleges to build on this effort to create more jobs
and opportunities for insuring New York’s economic future."
will join PVMC as a core member and serve as a key partner in
establishing an advanced manufacturing development facility at CNSE to
enable rapid prototyping of innovative solar devices. In so doing, PVMC
is leading the national effort to reduce the cost of installed solar
energy systems from $5 per watt to less than $1 per watt over the next
Ceres will provide to PVMC two vacuum thin-film
deposition tools that are critical for manufacturing advanced solar cell
devices on flexible substrates using copper indium gallium selenide,
known as CIGS-based PV technologies. These CIGS-based solar cells
represent the next generation of solar photovoltaics, offering improved
performance at a reduced cost to manufacture and install.
About the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education,
research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of
nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With
more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the
world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering
students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300
corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for
leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and
nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York,
including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex
with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot
prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1
capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers,
students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel,
GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials,
Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems.
An expansion now
underway, part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm
Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation
infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable
cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers
from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy
Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration
line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells. CNSE’s Smart
Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in
Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and
packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer
Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of
the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in
Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.