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SUNY New Paltz Innovation Hub Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
SUNY New Platz, USGBC
Date: 2020-07-27
In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is reporting it's new, 2-story, 19,500 sq-ft Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification.

The project's $13.5 million energy efficiency features include: building envelope and mechanical systems that have cut energy costs 28 pct; landscape water conservation and reuse features; SUNY New Platz, white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane roof system with added insulation to improve the R-value; energy efficient LED lighting with motion sensors; proximity to public transportation; water saving plumbing fixtures; and low-VOC emission locally sourced building materials. (Source: School Construction News, July, 2020) Contact: SUNY New Platz, www.newplatz.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY New Platz,  USGBC,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


Caribou, SUNY Developing Organic Waste-to-Fuels Gasifier (Ind Report)
Caribou Biofuels
Date: 2019-12-16
Biomass process systems provider Caribou Biofuels has teamed up with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY) to further develop and commercialize a rotary gasifier that converts combustible organic waste into both gaseous and liquid fuels. The technology was invented at SUNY Cobleskill Prof.David Waage with US EPA and DOD funding.

This year, SUNY Cobleskill received $1.6 million in grant funding from the two government agencies to build and demonstrate a fully automated, portable rotary gasifier system that will produce 60 kilowatts of ppd from roughly 2 tpd of feedstock at a military base in the US.

Caribou Biofuels will work with SUNY Cobleskill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Scaled Power and the Joint Bioenergy Institute to to develop the mobile biomass processing system. (Source: SUNY, Caribou Biofuels, Biofuels, 13 Dec., 2019) Contact: SUNY Cobleskill, Prof.David Waage, 518-255-5312, waagedj@cobleskill.edu, www.cobleskill.edu

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Stony Brook Scores $79Mn for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Stony Brook University ,New York Power Authority
Date: 2019-08-23
Stony Brook University, part of the SUNY system, is reporting receipt of $79 million in comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades funding from New York State.

The improvements, part of an initiative by SUNY and the New York Power Authority, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 tpy and save the university roughly $6 million per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a release.

Funded energy efficiency upgrades include: lighting, HVAC, and building management systems in various campus buildings such as residence halls, science buildings and hospital.

The university previously received more than $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates from PSEG Long Island, according to the statment. (Source: Stoney Brook Univ., Long Island Business News, Aug., 2019) Contact: Stoney Brook University, www.stoneybrook.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stony Brook University ,  SUNY,  New York Power Authority,  


SUNY Poly Awarded $1.5Mn for AlGaN HEMTs R&D (Funding, R&D)
State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
Date: 2019-07-24
State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute reports its interim VP of research advancement & graduate studies Dr. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik and associate professor of nanoengineering Dr. Woongje Sung have been selected to receive $1.5m in federal funding from the US DOE Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) for the development of 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) and for reliability studies on aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)-based high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs), which are superior switch components than their silicon-based counterparts in areas such as cost, performance and reliability.

The SUNY Poly researchers aim to demonstrate a highly reliable wide-bandgap (WBG) aluminum gallium nitride/gallium nitride (AlGaN/GaN) HEMT-based power device with extremely high levels of performance.

Shahedipour-Sandvik and Sung also received $255,000 for the Development of More Energy Efficient Semiconductor Materials and $250,000 for the Development of High Voltage Power Devices on Silicon Carbide in addition to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. (Source: SUNY Poly, PR, JSemiconductor Today, uly, 2019) Contact: SUNY Poly, Dr. Grace Wang, Pres. (Interim), 315-792-7400, president@sunypoly.edu, www.sunypoly.edu/faculty-and-staff/grace-wang, www.sunypoly.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY,  SUNY Poly,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


NY Universities Tout Renewables Purchasing Consortium (Ind. Report)
SUNY,Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Empire State, 21 public and private universities including the State University of New York (SUNY) system's 16 campuses, Cornell University in Ithaca and other private universities report they are partnering to form the New York Campuses' Aggregate Renewable Energy Solutions Consortium (NYCARES).

The new group aims to lower the costs of renewable energy procurement through combined purchasing power, solicit new renewable energy opportunities and projects, promote the development of a "green" low-carbon economy, and support the state's commitments to source 50 pct of New York's energy requirements from renewable sources by 2030. The consortium will also focus its efforts on projects that will be ready for operation no later than 2020. (Source: NYCARES, CleanTechnica, Feb., 2019) Contact: SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

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Binghamton U. Touts Energy Efficiency, Smart Energy (Ind. Report)
Binghamton University
Date: 2019-01-23
In the Empire State, Binghamton University, part of the NY State University System (SUNY), reports it is retrofitting buildings with energy-efficient technology and building new structures to net-zero energy standards. New net-zero building projects include an environmental research center on the campus' Nut Hollow property.

The new Nuthatch Hollow building will have a Living Building certification, which means it will produce more energy than it uses. Currently, only 22 buildings worldwide hold a Living Building certification.

The University is also focused on advancing its academic efforts into clean energy fields and has created a smart energy trans-disciplinary area of excellence. Additionally, the school's smart energy research is centered on lithium-ion batteries and efficient energy storage. (Source: Binghampton Univ., Pipe Dream, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: BU, Harvey Stenger, Pres., 607-777-2000, www.binghamton.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  SMart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


CHP Plant Slashes SUNY Campus Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
ESF SUNY
Date: 2019-01-16
In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse reports it is saving over $520,000 a year on heat and electricity with a high-performance combined-heat-and-power system (CHP) fueled by natural gas and wood pellets, and designed to capture waste energy for heating buildings.

The CHP system generates 60 pct of the campus' heat, 20 pct of its electric power, and is a key component that allowed us to achieve LEED Platinum for the Gateway Center which houses the CHP facility which is credited with cutting the campus carbon footprint by 24 pct.(Source: SUNY ESF, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY ESF, David C. Amberg, Intrim Pres., Joshua Arnold, Dir, Energy Management, Utilities, (315)470-6500, www.esf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  CHP,  Energy Efficiency,  


SUNY Offers Sustainable Bldg. Courses, Certificates (Ind. Report)
State University of New York College at Oneonta
Date: 2018-09-26
In the Empire State, the State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) reports it will offer a program to train students in sustainable and environmentally-friendly building design and construction.

Oneonta is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to establish goals and best practices for the program, which is supported by a two-year grant of $900,000, part of nearly $6 million awarded to SUNY campuses by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to train more workers in the state's clean-energy sector.

The initiative will also develop an in-house capacity of LEED associated professionals to certify new and existing campus buildings across the State University system. After the three-year pilot program, a SUNY Green Building Technology Learning Center will be developed to expand training SUNY-wide.

The specialized courses will lead to a new Sustainable Building Design certificate offered through the Geography and Environmental Sustainability department.

As previously reported, SUNY College at Brockport, New York, offers a similar program. (Source: State University of New York College at Oneonta , Daily Star, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: State University of New York College at Oneonta, (607) 436-3500, https://suny.oneonta.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


NY Commits $15Mn to Clean Energy Workforce Programs (Funding)
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
Date: 2018-09-07
In the Empire State, democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's, office has announced $15 million in support of two initiatives that will promote clean energy workforce development and training programs on State University of New York (SUNY) campuses.

Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals (RFP) was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educational programs and support through industry partnerships.

Of the awarded proposals, SUNY Canton will enhance its Solar Ready Vets program on-site at Fort Drum. Its training provides a micro-credential program in renewable energy specifically for veterans transitioning to civilian life. In another award, the SUNY Maritime Offshore Energy Center will develop a wind operations technician training program. As part of the $9 million RFP for additional grants, the SUNY system will explore opportunities for partnerships with state and local agencies, including the Department of Labor, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and Industrial Development Agencies. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Windpower , Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, www.ny.gov/agencies/office-governor; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  SUNY,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


SUNY ESF Recognizes Volk for Bioenergy, Biomass Work (Ind Report)
SUNY
Date: 2018-07-25
Dr. Timothy Volk, co-director of the State University of New York (SUNY) Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy and senior research associate in ESF's Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM), has been named the College's Exemplary Researcher for 2018-19.

Volk, who has more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry, short-rotation woody crops, bioenergy and phytoremediation is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of shrub willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy, and the use of willow as an alternative cover for industrial waste sites. He is actively involved in R&D of sustainability assessments of bioenergy systems, life cycle assessments of willow biomass crops and woody biomass from forests, assessments of woody biomass availability from natural forests, economic modeling of short-rotation woody crops, living snow fences, regional woody biomass resource supplies, and harvesting systems for short-rotation woody crops. (Source: SUNY ESF, 23 July, 2018) Contact: SUNY ESF, Prof. Tim Volk, (315) 470-6774, tavolk@esf.edu, www.esf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY ESF,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


Ghana Climate Change Impact Mitigation Project Announced (Int'l)

Date: 2018-05-30
In Ghana, the Center for Climate Change and Gender Studies of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) reports it is implementing a 4-year project to mitigate the impact of climate change and improve on food productivity in 12 communities in the Sunyani West District. The project is funded under the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan African Programme (CIRCLE), an initiative of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to develop the skills and research output of early career African researchers in the field of climate change and its local impact on development. (Source: University of Energy and Natural Resources, Modern Ghana, GNA, 28 May, 2018) Contact: University of Energy and Natural Resources, uenr.edu.gh; UK Department for International Development, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  

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