New wind turbine blade test lab to be established at Clarkson University
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:39 am

POTSDAM -- A new laboratory to test wind turbine blades is to be established at Clarkson University.

At an Earth Week cabinet meeting today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of initiatives, including the wind turbine lab, which will be part of the work to be done under a $4.2 million NYSERDA award to Intertek, a leading international provider of quality assurance testing and certification.

Intertek will partner with Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Alfred State College, Binghamton University and AWS TruePower to form the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCeT), an organization that will benefit manufacturers of clean energy technology by providing access to testing equipment and expertise.

Having accredited testing labs for renewable technologies will make it easier for manufacturers – especially those in the Northeast -- to get products certified and ready for market, according to the announcement from the governor’s office.

In conjunction with today’s meetings, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented the Clarkson University team as the winners of the P2I "Greening Your Campus" competition, which was held yesterday in the Empire State Plaza Conference Center.

Ten groups from four universities – Clarkson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Buffalo – were challenged to propose a solution to specific activities at their schools with significant environmental benefit.

The winning group from Clarkson demonstrated that up to $600,000 in energy savings could be realized through installation of movement sensors to manage lighting in university dormitories.