With an ever growing clean technology sector in Central New York and a lack of accredited testing facilities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has provided $4.4 million in funding for the creation of the Center for the Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCet).
Led by Intertek, an international industrial testing firm with locations in New York State, CeCet is a consortium of regional universities/organizations with a mission to test clean energy technologies while providing students with hands on education. The CeCeT facility will be the fifth of its kind in the United States and will save small wind manufacturers from traveling to Colorado to test their turbines. In addition to Intertek, the consortium includes AWS Truepower, Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Canton, Alfred State, Binghamton University, RPI, Syracuse University and the Syracuse Center of Excellence. There are currently only four accredited testing facilities in the United States.
Still in development, The Clean Tech Center has given CeCeT launch-pad space at the Syracuse Technology Garden.
For more information visit http://www.thetechgarden.com/mail/techessentials/2011/april/center.php.