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Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall is still green in Upstate NY: green events line-up

It's still green this fall in Upstate New York ... come visit and enjoy a broad variety of green events ...

Ithaca: Ithaca College Sustainability Leadership, September 8-21, 2010.  Sustainability Leadership - Seminars in the Professional Certificate Program.  Registration:

Syracuse: SUNY ESF Outreach, September 13 – 16, 2010.  Photovoltaic Installer and Maintenance Training -- Solar Power as Renewable Energy (SPARE).  Board-recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  NOTE: Beginning June 30, 2011 NYSERDA will be requiring all PV installers in New York State to be NABCEP Certified.  Info:

Ithaca: September 17, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Ithaca College, Campus Center, Emerson Suites.  The Clean Energy Summit: Re-Imagining Upstate New York’s Energy Future.  Closing Keynote: The Honorable Maurice Hinchey, U.S. Representative, 22nd District of NY.  Pre-registration required.  Register Online:  Questions or interested in tabling: Marian Brown, 607-274-3787 or

Syracuse: State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry.  September 21-October 28, 2010, SUNY ESF Campus. Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations.  More Information:

Buffalo: Daemen College, September 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  6th Annual WNY Environmental Summit, Free & Open to the Public.  Call for Exhibitors. Information: Brenda Young,

Syracuse: Syracuse Center of Excellence, September 27-28, 2010.  The 10th Annual Symposium on Environmental & Energy Systems:  Restoring Sustainable, Healthy Communities.  Information:

Buffalo: North American Association for Environmental Education.  September 28 – October 2, 2010, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  7th Annual Research Symposium and 39th NAAEE Annual Conference.  Environmental Education: Building Connections-Bridging Gaps.  Information:

Syracuse:  The Tech Garden/The Clean Tech Center, Small Business Administration, WISE, FOCUS Greater Syracuse and SUNY OCC.  September 30, 2010, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  The Power of Green: Featuring Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, St. Joseph Hospital CEO-elect Kathy Ruscitto on major green sustainability projects, with innovative networking for green entrepreneurs. $20 per person. Advance reservations are required. Register on-line at:  For more information: (315) 474-0910

Syracuse: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, October 17-19, 2010. Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  8th Biennial Short Rotation Woody Crops, Operations Working Group Conference.  More Information:

Syracuse: SUNY ESF and the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), November 3 & 4, 2010.  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry -- SURE Program.  Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy: Renewable Technologies and Carbon Cycling.  November 3: Renewable Energy 101.  November 4: Renewable Technologies and Carbon Cycling.  Information:

Syracuse: SUNY ESF Outreach, November 18, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  SUNY ESF Campus, Baker Lab, Rm 408.  Green Infrastructure Symposium 2010: Growing Green Infrastructure in Central New York.  Info:

Call for Abstracts – Deadline October 15. 
Syracuse: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, March 24-25, 2011.  Doubletree Hotel. 9th Annual Green Building Conference -- Keynote Speaker: James Howard Kunstler, Urban Planning Expert, Social Critic, Author, Journalist.  More Information:

GreeningUSA's 12 Traits© Community Rating System Beta Test -- last chance to sign up!

GreeningUSA's 12 Traits© Community Rating System Beta Test Self Assessment Manual and Public Comment Period is coming to a close, but there is still time to get in.  The 12 Traits© is a comprehensive system to determine the overall sustainability of an existing city, town, village or county. It is the most comprehensive rating system developed for communities to measure their successes, and to make sense of how to prioritize future initiatives in their move to become truly sustainable.

The City of Syracuse has signed on as the first beta tester, and the organization is currently seeking other communities, organizations and individuals to become involved in one of three ways:

1. Public Comment Period – is open until September 30, 2010. Read and review the 12 Traits© Self-Assessment manual and give us your constructive feedback.
2. Community Beta Testers - are being sought to complete the self-assessment by the end of this year.
3. Expert Virtual Committees – are being formed by those with specific expertise in any of the 12 Traits.

To download a copy of the 12 Traits© Self-Assessment Manual, please visit the GreeningUSA web site at   To become a Community Beta Tester or to volunteer to serve on an Expert Virtual Committee, please email the 12 Traits© Program Manager, Peter Arsenault, at

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Renewable Technologies and Carbon Cycling: Fueling the Debate

November 3-4, 2010, Syracuse, NY

Many researchers and scientists have projected that we will double our carbon emissions worldwide by 2050. The negative effects this will have on our environment have raised significant concerns in the public and private sector in response to carbon emissions and climate change, coupled with fossil fuels and renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar. These following points “fuel” the debate:
  • Not all renewable energy sources (e.g. wind vs. biomass) displace the same fossil fuels in regards to CO2 emissions. 
  • Not all fossil fuels produce the same level of pollution (coal power plants produce more CO2 than natural gas.)

Join SUNY ESF and its partners on Thursday, November 4th for presentations and debate about carbon cycling and renewable technologies from a production, policy and viability perspective. Participants are also invited to come the prior evening, November 3rd, for panel discussions at the SU Whitman School of Management on renewable technologies.

$25.00 registration fee includes both days and breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

The program is sponsored by The Sustainable Enterprise Project (SEP), a collaborative group led by SUNY-ESF, the Whitman School of Management (SU), and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Innovations. The SURE program is supported, in part, by a NYS Department of Labor grant in partnership with CNY Works.

Registration is now open at

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two universities in New York State receive funding for research in carbon capture/storage

Cornell University and the University of Buffalo have been awarded $1.3 million from the Department of Energy, as well as $250,000 from NYSERDA to study the potential of sequestering greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in underground eastern shale formations. The funding comes as part of a federal initiative to develop technologies for the safe/economical storage of Carbon Dioxide in rock formations. The project was among 14 others nationwide, selected by the federal government to assure our position as a world leader in carbon capture and storage technologies.

For more information see the NYSERDA press release at

Monday, August 16, 2010

New map of NYC to provide essential solar/flood data

A low flying plane equipped with light detection and ranging laser technology has recently made several late night passes over New York City in an effort to create the most detailed map of the city in history. The map is part of Mayor Bloomberg's environmental agenda, PlaNYC and will be used to locate areas that are most prone to coastal flooding, an increasing risk as sea levels rise. In addition, the map will be used to identify buildings best suited for solar photovoltaic panels and neighborhoods in desperate need of trees.  The new map will replace the current flood-plain map which was created in the 1980's and is severely outdated.

The new map will be instrumental in assessing New York City's potential for solar power and will allow for New Yorkers to access solar data for the buildings in which they live and work.

See the New York Times article "With Lasers and Flyovers, a Solar Map of New York" at for more information.

For more information about PlaNYC visit

Friday, August 13, 2010

AES Energy Storage to build energy storage system in Johnson City, NY

The US Department of Energy has offered a $17.1 million loan guarantee to AES Energy Storage to build a 20 MW grid energy storage system in Johnson City, NY using A123SYSTEM'S Lithium Ion Batteries. The system will use A123's batteries and management software to take energy from the grid when there is a large supply and returning the energy when there is demand.  The storage system will replace traditional methods of smoothing out grid demands by fossil fuel combustion.

The Johnson City project is the second of its kind for New York State as Beacon Power has recently started constructing the first flywheel grid energy storage plant in Stephentown, NY.

For more information on the AES Energy Storage project visit
For more information on the Beacon Power project see our August 9th blog post at

Construction starts for the Hardscrabble Wind Farm Project in Herkimer County

The construction of Herkimer County's Hardscrabble Wind Farm Project in Fairfield and Norway, NY began last month. The project, which is estimated to be completed next year includes 37 wind turbines, 14 miles of access roads, 20 miles of buried electric lines, 2 meteorological towers and an operations/maintenance facility.  Each turbine will stand at 450 feet and will generate an estimated 2 megawatts of electricity for a combined farm total of 74 megawatts. Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of the spanish company Iberdrola is behind the project.

Construction materials/turbine components are not the only things flowing into the rural communities of Fairfield and Norway as the communities have experienced an influx of tourism since construction commenced. 

For more information regarding the Hardscrabble Wind Farm visit

SUNY Binghamton receives federal funding for anode development

SUNY Binghamton has received funding to synthesize nano-sized metal-based anodes along with other electroactive species to create an anode with double the energy density as those currently on the market. The anodes are being developed for Lithium-Ion batteries to be utilized in Electric Vehicle applications.

The funding comes from the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technology program which is financed by the US Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The program granted a total of $8 million to 5 universities, 1 private non-profit research institute and two national laboratories with the goal of developing low cost/energy dense anodes while maintaining safety and longevity.

For more information visit

Thursday, August 12, 2010

NYSERDA's Solar PV program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing a cash incentive for the installation of grid-connected solar electric/solar photovoltaic systems by installers who have signed an eligible installer agreement and have shown technical competence in the field. The incentives will cover 25-35% of total installation costs for residential systems of 7kW or less, not-for-profit systems of 25kW or less and commercial systems of 50kW or less.

A total of $132 million is available through the New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard and will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis through December 15, 2015. NYSERDA hopes the program will spur a state total of 82 MW of solar electric power.

For more information on the Solar PV Program visit

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

National Grid identifies opportunity for greenhouse gas reductions and job creation

National Grid has released a study showing that 16% of the natural gas demanded in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire can be met with renewable gas (bio-methane). Renewable gas is produced through the thermal gasification or anaerobic digestion of biomass such as wood/agricultural residues, solid waste and energy crops.

National Grid identifies a long-term goal of replacing 25% of the demanded natural gas in its four state range with renewable gas. Such a switch has the potential to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 16 million tons per year, create as many as 9,000 jobs and ensure future energy security through domestic production.

For more information visit

Presenters wanted for the 9th annual New York State Green Building Conference

The 9th annual New York State Green Building Conference hosted by SUNY ESF and the New York  Upstate Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is currently accepting abstracts for presentations.  The Conference's mission is to "promote, educate and support green building design, construction and processes."

Keynoting the conference is James Howard Kunstler. Kunstler is an urban planning expert, social critic, author and journalist who has written such books as Geography of Nowhere, Home From Nowhere, The City in Mind and The Long Emergency.  

The Conference is scheduled to be held on March 24-25, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse, NY.

For more information on the conference as well as a template for abstracts visit

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Large number of NYSERDA-funded companies selected to present at the New Energy New York Symposium

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Energy and Environmental Applications Center has announced their selection of companies to give presentations in front of regional/national venture capitalists, private investors, investment bankers and federal executives at the New Energy New York Symposium.  Among those selected are an overwhelming number of NYSERDA-funded companies, including the Clean Tech Center's own Paper Battery Company. 

The top three companies, selected by investors, will be given recognition and encouraged to participate in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's upcoming 23rd Industry Growth forum in Denver, Colorado.  The best company will be selected/honored as Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year.

The selected NYSERDA-funded Companies include:

Anellotech has developed a thermochemical catalytic platform for producing economically feasible renewable fuels from biomass. Visit for more information. 

BESS Technologies has developed an anode technology that allows for Li-ion batteries to be produced with longer lifetimes and lower weight/volume.  Visit for more information. 

Ener-G-Rotors has developed a technology that enables electricity generation from low-grade waste heat. Visit for more information. 

Energy Materials Corporation specializes in the development/manufacture/sales of high efficiency photovoltaic polymer films to be used in power generation applications.  Visit for more information.

GeoEnergy Enterprises LLC. has developed breakthrough advancements in geothermal ground pumps. Visit for more information. 

NetZero Energy Systems has developed a highly efficient thermal energy storage system. 

Nexeon Energy Solutions has developed a low cost replacement for gas fills and coatings for windows. Visit for more information.

The Paper Battery Company has developed a sheet material that stores energy and can be employed in everyday structures.  The Paper Battery Company is a portfolio company of The CleanTech Center. Visit for more information. 

Plug Power Inc. specializes in the development, manufacture, integration and service of fuel cell solutions. Visit for more information. 

Rentricity specializes in providing water utilities with hydrokinetic energy recovery systems. Visit for more information.

Solar Sentry has developed diagnostic systems/instrumentation that allow solar electric site developers to  maximize  their financial returns and minimize their risks.  Visit for more information. 

Sollega specializes in developing products that reduce the mounting/installation costs of solar arrays, catalyzing the widespread adoption of solar energy technologies. Visit for more information. 

Wind Products Inc. has developed a product to analyze wind energy and the feasibility of  small wind turbines for various urban/suburban locations. Visit for more information. 

For more information on the New Energy New York Symposium see our August 6th post at or visit

Monday, August 9, 2010

Beacon Power to establish the world's first flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, NY

Beacon Power, a Massachusetts based company has developed a device that stores energy from the grid and can provide up to 100 Kilowatts for 15 minutes to buffer disturbances. The device is a carbon fiber flywheel that spins at mach 2 speeds or 16,000 revolutions per minute. Beacon Power is in the process of constructing its first flywheel storage plant in Stephentown, NY, which will utilize 200 flywheels to buffer 20 megawatts of grid power.

The company has secured a $43,125,000 loan from the Department of Energy as well as $2 million in funding from NYSERDA. The capital will cover a total of 65.4 percent of the estimated $69 million needed for construction. The storage plant will be the first of its kind and will replace traditional methods of fossil fuel combustion to maintain a balance between supply and demand.

For more information visit

Friday, August 6, 2010

Andrew Cuomo's Solar Energy Platform

New York State's Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has released a solar energy platform with goals to make New York State a leader in solar energy and create jobs. The plan was well received by the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) who quickly gave its support. Gail Markels, Executive Director of NYSEIA said "It is refreshing that there are elected officials, such as Andrew Cuomo who understand the nuances of the solar industry" and that "NYSEIA hopes to continue to work with the Cuomo campaign to bring green jobs to New York State and fulfill our shared goal of making solar energy the least expensive and most widely used energy source in the state."

The plan encourages the growth of solar photovoltaic, the creation of solar renewable energy credits and the adoption of solar thermal water heating. Cuomo has identified solar photovoltaics as the perfect fit for New York's dense urban areas with high energy demands and little extra space for other renewable energy sources such as wind.

In his plan, Cuomo outlines the cost effectiveness of employing solar thermal technology to heat water on both commercial and residential scales and establishes an aggressive program to install solar thermal in public, private and commercial buildings in the State of New York.

For more information visit

Alteris Renewables opens office in Kingston, NY

Alteris Renewables, Inc., the largest design/build renewable energy company in the Northeast, has just opened a new office in the TechCity business park in Kingston, NY. The Connecticut-based company has only had a presence in New York State for a year but is quickly expanding, with offices in Albany, Saratoga Springs, New City and Kingston. With a central location between Albany and New York City Alteris Renewables's Kingston office will help them become New York State's renewable energy hub. Michael Stangl, PE, Vice President of Regional Sales for Alteris Renewables has rececntly commented that the Kingston, NY office will play an essential role in meeting the northeast's demand for affordable, reliable and convenient renewable energy systems.

TechCity is an eco-friendly commercial/ light industrial complex that serves as a hub for Hudson Valley's environmentally-oriented businesses.  Already home to SolarTech Renewables (photovoltaic manufacturer), EarthKind Energy, Inc. (Solar Thermal and Renewable Energy Credits) and The Solar Energy Consortium (center for photovoltaic innovation), Alteris Renewables adds the missing design/build piece to Tech City's solar cluster.

For more information about:
Alteris Renewables visit
TechCity visit

The 5th Annual New Energy Symposium

The 5th Annual New Energy Symposium is scheduled to be held at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City on August 9th and 10th of this year. New Energy New York and the Environmental Technology Applications Center at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will host the Symposium, with the New York Academy of Sciences.

Keynoting the symposium will be Congressman Steve Israel and Suresh Pabhu, the former federal cabinet minister and member of parliament for industry, energy and environment in India.  The symposium will also feature Clean Energy Investment Presentations, a great opportunity for clean-tech start ups to showcase their technology to an audience of venture capitalists, private investors, corporate venture capitalists, investment bankers and federal executives.  After the presentations, the investors will select/reward their favorite three companies.

For more information about the symposium visit

New York State legislation benefits NYSTAR's Center for Advanced Technology

The New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) has benefited from recent legislation in Albany which enables its Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) to be more flexible in accelerating technology R&D and commercialization. Governor Paterson signed the bill on July 15th which has great implications for small businesses as their matching funds will now count as double towards CAT's overall match requirement.

The law will also help NYSTAR fulfill its aspiration to promote partnerships with entities throughout New York State by encouraging partnerships to expand their networks for business growth.

For more information see NYSTAR's August 5 newsletter at

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Syracuse CoE's 10th annual symposium on the environment and energy systems

The Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE) is holding its 10th annual symposium on the environment and energy systems on the 27th and 28th of September at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY.  The 2010 conference is titled "Restoring Sustainable, Healthy Communities" and will feature presentations related to indoor environmental quality, water quality and clean/renewable energies.

If you are a graduate student/professional from the academic, industry, research sectors or represent a community organization and wish to participate in the symposium, the Syracuse CoE is currently accepting proposals.  Proposals are in abstract form and are due on August 12th by 5pm.

The Syracuse CoE Symposium is sponsored by the State of New York, Empire State Development Corporation, the United States Department of Energy and Syracuse University.

For more information on the symposium/proposals visit: 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

SUNY ESF's "Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations" program

Are you interested in greening your business but unclear how to start? If so, SUNY ESF and O’Brien &Gere’s “Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations” program is right for you. An experienced team of instructors and practitioners will teach the program and provide information necessary to initiate, establish and advance sustainability planning, implementation and reporting.  Real world examples of the costs and benefits associated with the adaptation and the use of renewable technologies and sustainable practices will be provided, along with reliable perspectives, recommendations, information and resources to help inform sustainability efforts.

The main program is two days and can be attended on either September 21 from 8:15 pm to 4:00 pm and September 22 from 8:30am to 4:00 pm, or October 1 from 8:15am to 4:00 pm and October 2 from 8:30am to 4:00. 

Four sessions follow the program, three of which can be attended either in person or via the Internet and will be held on October 7, 14 and 21 from 4:15pm to 7:00 pm. The final session will be held on campus on October 28 from 8:15am to 1:15pm.

For more information visit

Monday, August 2, 2010

The International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings to be held in Syracuse

The 7th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, and Energy Conservation in buildings is being hosted by The Syracuse Center of Excellence and Syracuse University and is scheduled to take place August 15-18 on Syracuse University's main campus. The theme of the conference is "innovation and Integration" and will include presentations of research, demonstrations of technologies and discussions of future challenges/opportunities pertaining to indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and human well-being.

Previously hosted in Canada, China, Japan and France the 2010 conference is the first to take place in the United States.

For more information visit the conferences website at

Syracuse Entrepreneur's Bootcamp

Syracuse University's nationally ranked Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship is holding an "entrepreneur's bootcamp" -- an intense six-day class based on SU's entrepreneurship curriculum. The bootcamp is open to all individuals (not limited to SU students) who have a venture idea, have recently started a venture, or who are interested in entrepreneurship. A team of SU entrepreneurship faculty and successful entrepreneurs teach critical concepts, ideas and approaches necessary for the creating of a successful venture as well as common mistakes/pitfalls to avoid.

The bootcamp will be held at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Managment on October 9,16, 23, 30 and November 6 and 13 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The total cost of the bootcamp is $650 and a limited number of $200 scholarships are available for those in need.

The course is sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck &King, PLLC, Kauffman: The Foundation of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Society of CNY, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency and CNY Business Journal.

For more information about the program/registering visit
or contact Lindsay Wickham at 315-443-3550 or

NASA looking for small businesses to develop power generation/storage technologies

NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are currently seeking small businesses to develop energy/power generation, conversion and management technologies to ensure the success of future space missions.  The desired technologies fall under two general categories: photovoltaics/ other energy generation and batteries, ultra-capacitors, fuel cells/ other storage. Within photovoltaics/energy generation, NASA desires power generation and conversion, technologies of space power and propulsion, advanced photovoltaic systems and energy conservation/sustainability. Within batteries, ultra-capacitors, fuel cells and other storage NASA desires power management and storage technologies, extreme environments technologies, technologies for space power and propulsion, energy conservation/sustainability, robotic systems for human exploration, fuel cells and electrolyzers for space applications, advanced space-rated batteries, advanced power conversion, management, and distribution for high power space exploration applications and batteries for oxygen concentrators.

The Syracuse Technology Garden has a strong desire to help small businesses become first-time participants in the NASA SBIR/STTR program. If your business fits the criteria please e-mail the Tech Garden at or call 315-474-0910.

For more details about the programs/desired technologies click here.

Solicitations are due by september 2, 2010.