December 14, 2009

Nano Research Center Addresses Hi-Tech Buildings Needs

By: by Nicolas Mokhoff, EE Times


MANHASSET, NY - The Albany NanoTech Complex will open an Alternative Energy Test Farm and develop an educational and workforce training program to enable participants to design and operate high-tech buildings.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering PC of Albany have put together a $3.5 million initiative toward that end.

More than 20 EYP/energy energy wokers at the UAlbany NanoCollege collborate on a variety of nanoscale technologies initiatives to support energy efficient and environmentally friendly building design and operation. The number is projected to exceed 35 EYP/energy employees over the next two years.

The Alternative Energy Test Farm will 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.

In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is providing seed funding to help establish a joint CNSE-EYP initiative called "NanoIDEA," or "Nanotechnology Instruction for Design, Engineering and Architecture," to prepare building designers, architects and operators to utilize nanoscale-enabled sensors, controls and other innovations for the construction and operation of high-tech facilities.

"The innovative research and pioneering 'NanoIDEA' program that this partnership will enable through the National Institute for Sustainable Energy will serve to accelerate the deployment of renewable and sustainable energy technologies," said CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, in a statement.

The offices of EYP/energy, as well as the Alternative Energy Test Farm, are located within CNSE's NanoFab East building, which opened in March 2009 as part of a $150 million expansion at CNSE's $5 billion Albany NanoTech Complex.

EYP is a 300-person multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering and interior design firm with offices in eastern U.S. regions.