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Clarkson receives $100,000 to explore energy efficiency technologies


POTSDAM - Clarkson University is one of 11 companies and organizations who have been awarded a portion of $1.9 million in funding to explore new technologies to increase energy efficiency in New York state buildings while helping to grow business in the building construction sector.

The award was announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Clarkson University will receive $100,000. The university seeks to integrate a sensor and control network with a modeling system to create a system that can be used to model occupancy behavior and help reduce energy use.

This is the third of six rounds of funding under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Advanced Buildings Program, which will provide a total of $25 million through 2015. Through the program, NYSERDA is partnering with manufacturers, research scientists, building owners and property managers interested in developing and applying new and emerging energy-efficient technologies.

This competitive program seeks to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies that offer improved energy and environmental performance. Funding will be available through all stages of the product development process, from concept to commercialization, field installation and evaluation.

Proposals awarded funding ranged from studies and proof-of-concept work to product development and demonstration projects. Specific areas of interest included construction materials and strategies, heating and cooling systems, solid-state lighting, demand response and smart buildings.

“Our state’s position as a leader in clean energy depends on coming up with new innovative programs that make New Yorker greener,”Mr. Cuomo said in a new release. “Projects like these help reduce energy usage across the state in both commercial and residential buildings, pushing for increased efficiency and resiliency in our infrastructure. The partnerships announced today will address all stages of the product development process, helping to grow business while reducing fossil fuel use.”

President and CEO of NYSERDA John B. Rhodes said, “These building research and development projects will spur energy savings in new and existing buildings. These innovative projects support Governor Cuomo’s agenda for growing business and creating new jobs while reducing energy consumption in New York state.”

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