January 29, 2007

UAlbany Nanocollege, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Partner To Create National Institute For Sustainable Energy

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, CNSE


Albany, NY - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott ("EYP") Architecture and Engineering PC of Albany today announced the creation of a world-class center for zero energy and sustainability that will serve as both a catalyst for energy technology innovations and as a magnet for the attraction of clean energy businesses and industries to the Capital Region and New York State.

EYP will locate its new business group, EYP/energy - including 15 EYP executives, managers, architects, designers and engineers - at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex as part of the $3.5 million National Institute for Sustainable Energy ("NISE"), a leading-edge center for zero energy and sustainability research and development, business advancement, commercialization and workforce training. 

Through NISE, personnel from EYP and CNSE will collaborate to convert zero energy concepts and innovations into actual business opportunities and revenue-generating initiatives in established markets, including integrated building modeling and energy simulation, energy efficiency, new energy technology, and monitoring and control. In addition, programs in education, workforce training and development, and public policy will be established, and EYP and CNSE will work jointly in development of an energy test farm at the UAlbany NanoCollege, a project funded by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research ("NYSTAR").

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering President and CEO Tom Birdsey said, "EYP is pleased to have the opportunity to locate its energy expertise at CNSE's world-class Albany NanoTech complex, where they will work alongside top-notch scientists and researchers as part of the National Institute for Sustainable Energy, a collaboration that will further position Tech Valley and New York State as leaders in both nanotechnology and sustainable energy. For 30 years, EYP has been committed to energy efficiency and sustainable design practices, and we look forward to advancing those efforts through this new and exciting program."

CNSE Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros said, "The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to partner with EYP, which is recognized as one of the world's leading architectural firms and designers of energy efficient and green facilities, in launching this truly unique and next-generation initiative. The advent of NISE will enable innovative research and vital educational programs in the growing field of alternative energy, which is increasingly seen as a critical global issue, while also generating real business opportunities in the Capital Region and throughout New York State."

Michael J. Relyea, Executive Director of NYSTAR, said, "I am pleased to know that the partnership between EYP and CNSE will both support and enhance the development of an energy test farm at CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex, which is aimed at commercializing new technologies and creating new jobs and companies, while stamping New York as a leader in clean and renewable energy technology."

Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Professor and Director of CNSE's Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center ("E2TAC"), said, "I look forward to working with the team of talented professionals at EYP as we launch this joint initiative, which comes amid growing recognition that further development of alternative energy technologies is of vital importance to our nation's energy and economic future. Certainly, the formation of NISE will build upon our efforts to expand a strong alternative energy sector in New York, which already numbers more than 170 companies and is growing."

The energy test farm, to be launched at CNSE through a $1.9 million award from NYSTAR made in October 2006, will allow for the evaluation of 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 EYP and 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).

About EYP. Founded in 1972, EYP is a 300-person multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering and interior design firm with offices in Albany, NY; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL and Washington, DC. Consistently EYP is ranked among the 25 largest A/E firms in the nation by Building Design and Construction Magazine and in 2006 was the 4th largest provider of services to higher education clients. With over 60 LEED Accredited Professionals, EYP provides sustainable design services to Education and Federal Government clients and has many LEED Certified projects.As a leader in promoting energy efficiency in buildings that result in considerable short and long-term cost benefits, EYP has provided related services to a broad range of clients including: the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), United States Coast Guard, New York Power Authority, U.S. Department of State, National Park Service, United States Department of Navy, numerous colleges and universities and others in the industrial, institutional, commercial, government and healthcare sectors.

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world dedicated to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics concepts, and in May 2006, it was ranked by Small Times magazine as the nation's number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology. CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world: a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The UAlbany NanoCollege is also home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.  The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer. CNSE has more than 250 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world's largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies.  For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at http://cnse.albany.edu/.