Rensselaer Opens New $20 Million Center for Future Energy Systems
Rensselaer marked the opening of the Center for Future
Energy Systems, a New York State Center for Advanced
Technology. The new $20 million research center, in partnership
with Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory,
seeks to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century by
focusing on innovation in and commercialization of energy
conservation and renewable energy systems.
"The need for an adequate supply of affordable, accessible,
sustainable energy is the overarching issue of the 21st
century. Energy security is the 'space race' of this
millennium," said President Jackson. "But we cannot just drill
our way to energy security, we must innovate our way to energy
security, which is why the research taking place at the
Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems is so vital. Our
goal is to make New York state a world leader in energy
research and a powerful generator of energy-related businesses
jobs. We applaud Governor Pataki, Senator Bruno, the
legislature, and NYSTAR for their leadership in providing the
spark that will ignite this powerful collaboration among New
York state universities, industry, and government."
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson was joined by New
York State Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue, State Senate
Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, New York State Office of
Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) Executive
Director Russell Bessette, Plug Power Chief Operating Officer
Greg Silvestri, and Rensselaer Vice President for Research
Omkaram "Om" Nalamasu, along with researchers, business
partners, and members of the campus community for the kickoff
Research at the new Center for Future Energy Systems will
focus on renewable energy and energy conservation systems, with
an initial emphasis on fuel cells and the hydrogen economy,
smart lighting, smart displays, and emerging renewable energy
systems. Future research priorities will track new scientific
developments and marketplace opportunities. The opening event
included displays by Rensselaer and Brookhaven researchers and
New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said:
"With this new Center for Advanced Technology at Rensselaer, we
are continuing our commitment to developing a world-class
economy right here in Tech Valley and the Capital Region — an
economy that creates endless opportunities for high-tech
entrepreneurs to create new jobs and new research investments.
The working partnership between state government, higher
education, and the private sector is truly making a difference
for the Capital Region. I applaud Rensselaer for being on the
cutting edge of scientific research and for contributing so
much to our local economy."
Rensselaer has been awarded up to $10 million in state funds,
through NYSTAR, to create the center, in partnership with
Cornell University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Rensselaer has a goal of matching the state funds with an
additional $10 million or more in industry and federal support
for its energy research.
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