Rensselaer To Mark Opening of Future Energy Systems CAT June 7
Rensselaer will mark the opening of the Future Energy
Systems Center for Advanced Technology on Tuesday, June 7, at
11 a.m. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will be joined
by New York State Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue, State
Senator Joseph 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 for the kick-off event.
Research at the new Future Energy Systems CAT 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
Researchers and students will display examples of emerging
technologies including: fuel cells and hydrogen research, smart
lighting with LEDs (light emitting diodes), high-tech solar
cells that can transform the sun's light to electricity, and
smart displays based on organic electronic materials.
Research at the new Future Energy Systems CAT 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.
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.
To speed technology commercialization and to develop a
highly-skilled workforce, the Center will work with a number of
New York based companies along with other global industry
leaders, and federal and state entities including the U.S.
Department of Energy, NYSTAR, and the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
"The energy question is one of the greatest challenges facing
our country and the world. We cannot just drill our way out of
the problem; we must innovate our way to energy security. Our
goal is to make New York state a world leader in energy
research and a powerful generator of energy-related business
and jobs," said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. "We
applaud Governor Pataki, 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. We thank them for their support of
Rensselaer's leadership in energy research."