CNSE nanotech complex plans PV control center

National Grid gave the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) a $225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant to spur a green energy initiative, establishing a Photovoltaic Control and Monitoring Center (PVCMC) at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex.

June 7, 2011 — National Grid gave the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) a $225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant to spur a green energy initiative, establishing a Photovoltaic Control and Monitoring Center (PVCMC) at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex.

The $225,000 National Grid grant will be used to develop, install and demonstrate a state-of-the-art solar photovoltaics control and monitoring center. The PVCMC will enable gathering of real-time research data that will provide designers, architects and installers with critical feedback to accelerate the construction and integration of roof-mounted PV systems across New York.

The UAlbany NanoCollege will partner with EYP Energy and Alteris Renewables to establish the PVCMC, which is part of a larger $1.35 million solar demonstration initiative that will evaluate and compare state-of-the-art, thin film-based solar PV technologies.

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“The demonstration facilities will serve as a living laboratory to train undergraduate and graduate students to perform research and enable technology transfer to industry,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, VP, Clean Energy Programs at CNSE.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. The National Grid Renewable Energy and Economic Development Grant program funds projects that demonstrate alternative generation technologies, such as solar, while promoting economic development for the region. This National Grid grant is part of the company’s comprehensive economic development plan for upstate New York. This first grant to be awarded in eastern New York as part of National Grid’s Renewable Energy and Economic Development Program will support future solar power generation systems across New York State. For more information and program descriptions, visit National Grid’s Economic Development website at: http://www.shovelready.com/.

The UAlbany CNSE is dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

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