- The Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, Binghamton University
- Center for Advanced Information Management, Columbia University
- The New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Photonics Applications at the City University of New York (CUNY)
- The Center for Future Energy Systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
- The Center for Engineered Polymeric Materials, CUNY, College of Staten Island
- The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology, Alfred University
- The Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Clarkson University
Monday, September 28, 2009
Want to get a JumpStart? Cornell accepting applications for Jump Start funding program through October 20
Friday, September 25, 2009
The Syracuse Post Standard publication is the first of its kind in the country by a daily metro newspaper, and a tribute to the Post Standard's green leadership. Look for it out this week at outlets around the region. If you haven't seen it, the electronic version is at: www.syracuse.com/green
There is a terrific Green Blog on the same site that follows sustainability issues in Central New York, and features pieces on the green workplace, home and lifestyle, along with profiles of Central Upstate green news makers. It is also part of the Post Standard's education program, going to K-12 schools and colleges around the region.
It's been a great green team effort. Kudos to the Post Standard and the first-class team that created this multi-media platform to get the green word out across Central Upstate -- New York's green apple!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
NYSERDA has released Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1686 entitled "Competitive Capacity-Based Incentive Program-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program." The program is part of NYSERDA’s administration of the State Energy Program (SEP) and is funded by the Recovery Act. Nine million dollars will be made available in awards to selected teams for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems in New York State. NYSERDA is selecting proposals requesting capacity-based incentives for installations in the residential and non-residential market. Funding will be provided as a fixed amount in dollars per kW of PV installed. Teams must propose the installation of multiple individual PV systems that, when combined, are between a minimum block size of 500 kW and a maximum block size of 1,000 kW of PV systems. Proposals are due October 29, 2009. A summary is available here: http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1686summary.pdf
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Federal Register notice of a Request for Information on the PV Manufacturing Initiative. The ``PV Manufacturing Initiative'' is intended to coordinate stakeholders and technology development efforts across the solar community to facilitate the development of a strong PV manufacturing industry in the United States. The primary goals of this initiative include supporting the creation of a robust United States-based PV manufacturing technology including infrastructure and supply chain base, developing a highly trained workforce with the critical skills required to meet the needs of a rapidly growing industry, and speeding the implementation of new cutting edge technologies. Learn about it here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22930.htm
The northeast's largest collective Smart Grid investment is rolling out in Upstate New York; National Grid to develop a state-of-the art "Smart Technology Center" in Syracuse area
Is natural gas the transition clean energy fuel? Will New York gain standing as a clean energy exporter?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
In the clean tech sector,
$150 million to Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island from the Department of Energy to construct the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the brightest x-ray source ever built, to produce advances in fields ranging from medicine to energy;
$17.5 million for Cornell University’s Center for Nanostructured Interfaces for Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage. The goal of the center is to discover and design materials that will dramatically enhance the performance of fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics and photo-electrochemical cells;
A $16 million grant for the Energy Frontier Research Center at Columbia University to use nanotechnology and supercomputing in pursuit of advances in solar energy, biofuels, transportation, energy efficiency, electricity storage and transmission, carbon capture and sequestration and nuclear energy;
Two grants totaling $6.1 million to Plug Power Inc. of Latham and one for $2.4 million to MTI MicroFuel Cells of Albany to advance their work on fuel cells;
Read the entire release at:
Read the story at: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept09/VeteransGreenJobs.html
The program, A Different Shade of Green, is funded with more than $317,000 from the federal stimulus funding, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), via the New York State Department of Labor. A Green Jobs Career Fair for veterans is also being planned in Central New York. So far, Cornell has received more than 106 ARRA grants, totaling almost $92.5 million.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Today marks the billion dollar mark for stimulus spending by the US government on private sector renewable energy projects. At a meeting today of a group of clean energy developers and manufacturers at the White House, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $550 million in awards through the Recovery Act for 25 projects, including one in New York State. The first round of the awards, totaling $502 million, was announced on September 1.
Read the awards: http://www.energy.gov/news2009/8038.htm
A number of Upstate destination hotels were inaugural members of the program, which is a partnership between the NYS DEC and ESD to certify sustainability standards in the hospitality industry -- and add to the triple bottom line. It's an innovative program. Read more at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/58158.html
"This index brings sharper focus to an industry that is transforming our nation's energy grid, an extremely significant endeavor that will help shape our nation's future," said NASDAQ OMX Executive Vice President John Jacobs. "Investors, thanks to this index, can now easily track companies that are working diligently to help fully implement an energy grid that is more efficient, cleaner and resilient."
Read the full story and see the list of the other 28 companies that are part of the index here:
The launch of QGRD marks the third stock index to be produced jointly by Clean Edge and NASDAQ. The NASDAQ® Clean Edge® Green Energy Index (CELS) tracks the performance of U.S.-listed clean-energy companies and the NASDAQ OMX® Clean Edge® Global Wind Energy Index (QWND) follows the global wind energy sector.
Read more about the Clean Tech Center Enitiative grant at: http://www.entrepreneurship.syr.edu/techprojects09.html#1
Monday, September 21, 2009
Mark your calendar for The Tech Garden's Fall Tech Expo
October 15, 2009
Join emerging technology companies from across Upstate New York, along with investors, researchers and entrepreneurs for a look at leading-edge innovation. Learn more and register at: http://www.thetechgarden.com/tech-expo
President Obama Comes to Upstate NY to Promote National Innovation Strategy
President Obama selected Upstate NY as the location today for his national innovation strategy address. The President challenged the
There are three parts to the President's strategy included in his white paper entitled "A Strategy For American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth And Quality Jobs"
"1. Invest in the Building blocks of American Innovation. We must first ensure that our economy is given all the necessary tools for successful innovation, from investments in research and development to the human, physical, and technological capital needed to perform that research and transfer those innovations;
2. Promote Competitive Markets that Spur Productive Entrepreneurship. It is imperative to create a national environment ripe for entrepreneurship and risk taking that allows
3. Catalyze Breakthroughs for National Priorities. Here are certain sectors of exceptional national importance where the market is unlikely to produce the desirable outcomes on its own. These include developing alternative energy sources, reducing costs and improving lives with health IT, and manufacturing advanced vehicles. In these industries where markets may fail on their own, government can be part of the solution."
Monday, September 14, 2009
Read the story at: www.syracuse.com/green
Making the planet smarter means making it greener ...
Kick-off OppEx workshop co-sponsored by the Clean Tech Center and National Grid
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
With the Healthy Buildings 2009 International Conference and Exhibition in Syracuse this week, here are some new economic statistics you should know about green, smart, healthy buildings.
Rick Fedrizzi, Syracuse resident and founding chairman of the US Green Building Council, is back in town to kick off the conference Sunday afternoon, September 13. Read more about Rick here ... http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=61#sfedrizzi and learn more about the US Green Building Council at: www.usgbdc.org
Syracuse is a leader in sustainable building design, and one of the few places in the country that is bringing green building retrofits together with historic preservation.
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Leading academic researchers and industry experts from around the world in the areas of green and sustainable building technologies, smart buildings and the smart grid
- Nearly 1,000 participants from more than 45 countries
- Trade exhibits and matchmaking forums
- Industry keynotes, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities
- Products and service demonstrations
Commissioned by the NYS DOL for the Governor's Office, this recent report lays out the economic and labor landscape for the clean tech industry in the state. An interesting read, it includes info on clean energy jobs (scope and definition), workforce and labor market characteristics, state level collaborations and a summary of recommendations.
Especially useful information is a directory of New York State clean energy businesses by product line and business type, training providers, and clean tech employment projections by industry sector.
An easy to navigate, hyperlinked document that is a resource guide to agencies, programs and resources to advance sustainability ... and the triple bottom line ... for New York State businesses.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
NYSERDA Awards $1.5 million to
Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA, made the award and discussed NYSERDA’s goal of fostering innovative clean energy companies and growing the clean energy industry in
Read more at: www.thetechgarden.com/cleantech
The Center for Clean Tech Entrepreneurship is a NYSERDA-funded initiative based at The
Clean Tech Center participates in U.S. China Economic Commission hearings
The Clean Tech Center was invited to testify at a recent hearing by the U.S. China Economic Security Commission at the Rochester Institute of Technology on opportunities related to the renewable energy sector. The Commission is a bi-partisan Congressional Commission selected by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Clean Tech Center Director Linda Hartsock presented testimony on behalf of both the Clean Tech Center and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE) on initiatives across New York State related to high technology, manufacturing, research and development. The Clean Tech Center was asked to speak about developing sectors such as wind, solar, fuel cells and smart grid technologies – industries that China has also aggressively targeted. Panelists were asked to provide input into devising a national strategy for clean tech innovation. China has built the world’s largest solar panel manufacturing industry, and this year China will also surpass the United States as the world’s largest market for wind energy, subsidizing projects with low-interest loans from state-owned banks. The Commission asked for ways to accelerate clean tech growth in the United States.
“We have all seen projections as to what the U.S. green investment program could yield in terms of its potential to lift the labor market,” said Hartsock. “But there is a need to build a public policy that supports the development, commercialization and production of new clean technologies. Given its R&D legacy, and unique asset base of colleges and universities, Upstate New York can become a test bed technologies that can help the energy industry make the transformation from a centralized, producer network to one that is less centralized, and which saves energy and reduces costs.”
The Clean Tech Center supports National Grid's Smart Grid Application -- the largest end-to-end smart grid demonstration project in the Northeast
Clean Tech Center Supports National Grid’s Smart Grid Application
National Grid has announced that it is applying for funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support two Smart Grid technology demonstration projects in Upstate New York. The
Jane Snowden, Senior Manager, General Business, Energy & Environment: Intelligent Buildings and Smarter City Research, IBM will speak at
The Clean Tech Center is pleased to be a collaborator with the SyracuseCoE on its highly successful Healthy Buildings 2009 International Conference and Exhibition which is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees from nearly 50 countries, as well as business and industry leaders from across the northeast. Held in
Dr. Snowdon will give a global picture of IBM’s “Smarter Planet” initiative, including strategies and research efforts to create innovative solutions for small and medium-sized businesses in areas such as intelligent buildings. Jane recently co-led the IBM Corporate Strategy sponsored study on Industry Impacts of Climate Change and is an active contributor to the IBM Corporate Strategy Intelligent Building Study, as well as the IBM Corporate Strategy Smart Cities Study.
One of the innovative ways to showcase the region is an “OppEx Matchmaking Forum” on September 15 sponsored by the Clean Tech Center, US Department of Commerce and Empire State Development. The matchmaking forum features business-to-business or academic-to-business meetings between conference participants led by federal, state and regional economic development professionals. Panelists include John Tracy, International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce; Ed Kowalewski, Director, New York State International Trade Programs; ; Jerry Shaye, Director, International Trade Development, Empire State Development; Bonnie Palmer, Business Development Specialist, Empire State Development; Greg Hitchin, Business Development, Onondaga County Economic Development; Michael Novakowski, Director of Business Development, MDA and the Central Upstate Regional Alliance. The
President Obama's chief energy advisor Carol M. Browner recently visited the
The event included presidents of regional colleges and universities, clean tech entrepreneurs and organizational partners who made presentations on clean tech initiatives underway in the region. Also attending the meeting was Judith Enck, Governor David Paterson's deputy secretary for the environment, and Rick Fedrizzi, president of the U.S. Green Building Council. Participants included
Browner discussed the federal agenda to develop renewable and clean technologies, and Judith Enck laid out a
"Central New York can be the
Browner agreed. "What I find very unique here is the breadth of collaboration that you have been able to attain."
Browner noted that the partnerships and innovation being created across the region will position it as a place fully capable of attracting worldwide attention. “It shows what can be done. I am extremely impressed," she added.
Browner also visited the new SyracuseCoE headquarters building, set to open later this year. The building is intended to be an example of taking a brownfield site and redeveloping it as green innovation showcase. “I see a community that is collaborating to create a different energy future -- to create not only a clean energy building but also a healthy building," said Browner about the SyracuseCoE building.
Congressman Dan Maffei, who coordinated Browner's visit, also announced that he included more than a million dollars in House bills for green projects in the Central New York -