UAlbany nano college nets $2 million for renewable energy research

Oct. 17, 2006 — The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) has awarded a grant of nearly $2 million to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to help spur development of an Energy Test Farm that will enable innovative research on renewable energy technologies and generate significant economic impact.

The $1,922,000 award, made as part of NYSTAR’s Center for Advanced Technology Development Program, will support the efforts of CNSE’s Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics. The funding will be used to expand the capabilities of the CATN2 by creating an Energy Test Farm to evaluate zero energy concepts, based on the development and testing of nanomaterials and nanoelectronics for clean energy technologies, such as fuel cells, solar photovoltaic cells, ultracapacitors and power electronics.

The research will be conducted by CNSE in collaboration with several New York-based alternative energy companies, including DayStar Technologies of Halfmoon (solar photovoltaics), Plug Power Inc. of Latham (fuel cells), MTech Laboratories of Ballston Spa (power electronics) and Custom Electronics Inc. of Oneonta (ultracapacitors). The research is expected to develop new business opportunities for those firms, while at the same time attracting additional interest and investment from clean energy companies around the world.

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