Rensselaer and Clarkson Receive Joint NYSTAR Energy Award
Rensselaer, in partnership with Clarkson University, has
been awarded $1.84 million from the New York State Office of
Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to address
the need for energy independence by developing technologies
that seek to lower energy consumption and increase the
efficiency and effectiveness of renewable energy sources. The
research will focus on improving the energy efficiency of a
wide variety of devices, including photovoltaic systems for
producing solar power and light-emitting diodes.
The award is being made through NYSTAR’s Center for Advanced
Technology (CAT) Development Program. The Center for Future
Energy Systems (CFES) at Rensselaer and the Center for Advanced
Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson will split the funding
over the next two years, with an additional $700,000 commitment
from industries in New York State over the term of the award.
The funds are targeted to support research that has the
potential to produce significant technological improvements
that will lead to substantial future economic development in
New York, according to NYSTAR. There are 15 CATs statewide,
each of which receives $1 million annually in state
“We applaud Governor Pataki for his commitment to strengthen
energy research in New York state,” said Omkaram “Om” Nalamasu,
vice president for research at Rensselaer and CFES director.
“Combining the strengths of two of New York’s best engineering
institutions, this award brings world-class researchers
together to spur energy innovation and technology
Rensselaer and Clarkson also will be teaming up with several
industry partners to help transfer the technologies to the
marketplace. The CFES, in partnership with Cornell University,
Brookhaven National Laboratory, and its newest partner,
Clarkson University, seeks to meet the energy challenges of the
21st century by focusing on innovation in and commercialization
of energy conservation and renewable energy systems.
To learn more about energy research at Rensselaer, visit: http://www.rpi.edu/research/energy.
To learn more about the Center for Future Energy Systems,