Clarkson University to receive $100,000 NYSERDA grant for energy efficiency improvements in Potsdam
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:56 am

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University will receive a $100,000 NYSERDA award to explore new technologies toward increasing energy efficiency.

The funding will assist in integrating a sensor and control network with a modeling system to create one that can be used to model occupancy behavior and help reduce energy use.

Clarkson was one of 11 companies to receive the award as part of a total of $1.9 million in funding to explore new technologies to increase energy efficiency in New York State buildings, according to a release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

"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,” Cuomo said. “The partnerships will address all stages of the product development process, helping to grow business while reducing fossil fuel use."

This is the third of six rounds of funding under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) 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, the release says.

The 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.

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."

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.