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NYSERDA, Partners Gain National Recognition in 2011

Honors for Authority and Companies Show Growing Recognition for New York’s Clean Energy Economy

December 28, 2011

The experts agree – New York State’s clean energy economy is one of the strongest in the nation. Over the past year, numerous awards have recognized the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and its partners for helping to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gases.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, this has been a tremendous year of accomplishment, including New York’s emergence as a national leader in the clean energy economy.  Innovation is alive and well in New York State,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr.  “The continued success of our partners in business and academia confirms that New York is truly ‘Open for Business.'"

The state’s role in helping to grow the clean-energy economy was noted by several national sources in 2011. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which recognizes national clean-energy leaders, ranked New York 3rd in the nation. In addition, ACEEE recognized NYSERDA as “the epitome of an effective and influential research and development institution.”

The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank, named New York 2nd in the nation for clean-energy jobs and 2nd for job growth in this field. The report also lauded NYSERDA’s six clean-energy business incubators located around the state, describing NYSERDA’s efforts as “critical in helping New York create and retain the types of the companies that form the bedrock of a clean energy economy.”

Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded NYSERDA a 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The Sustained Excellence Award is given to organizations that show outstanding leadership in energy-efficiency programs.

Here are some of the awards and milestones received by NYSERDA’s partners in 2011 (NYSERDA partners receive funding or other support from the Authority):

  • TEC-SMART, an education facility owned by Hudson Valley Community College and partially funded by NYSERDA, was awarded LEED platinum status by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest honor for a clean-energy building. The facility is used to educate college and high school students about clean-energy technology and includes functioning solar panels and wind turbines. It is located in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology & Energy Park® (STEP®) in Malta.
  • Ecovative Design LLC of Green Island, which makes insulation and packaging out of mushroom roots and vegetable waste, was named a Technology Pioneer at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It was also one of two companies to receive DuPont’s Diamond Award for its innovative designs -- the highest of three levels of honors DuPont awards annually.
  • Ioxus Inc. of Oneonta, which makes ultracapacitors (an energy storage device), was named by Cleantech Group to the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 a list of promising clean technology companies from around the world. Cleantech Group is a company that invests in clean-energy businesses. The firm receives more than 4,000 nominations to the Cleantech 100 list every year. 
  • Exiscan, a small start-up located at NYSERDA’s Venture Creations Clean Energy incubator at the Rochester Institute of Technology, won first place at the Rochester Business Plan Competition. The company makes infrared-transparent windows for high-voltage electric cabinets, which make inspections less costly and safer for electricians.
  • Micah Kotch, director of NYC ACRE (New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy), a clean energy business incubator sponsored by NYSERDA, was named one of GE’s Ecomagination Top 11 Innovators of 2011.
  • Rentricity Inc., a NYC ACRE portfolio company that seeks to transform excess pressure in water mains and other similar pipes into clean electric power, was named a Later Stage Global Top 10 greentech company – chosen from a field of 4,000. The award comes from the Global Cleantech Cluster Assoc., an organization that invests in clean technology businesses around the world.
  • The same organization named SyntheZyme, also of NYC ACRE, as a Global Top 30 for the 2011 Later Stage Award.
  • Ceralink Inc. of Troy, which specializes in advanced ceramics technologies, was awarded $100,000 from NASA to develop high-performance composites at a lower cost using microwave technology.
  • The Syracuse University Green Data Center received a 2011 NOVA Award from the Construction Innovation Forum for its combined heat and power project, which was co-funded by NYSERDA. The innovative power project creates both A/C and D/C power simultaneously to run processors in the data center more efficiently. The natural-gas-fueled generator also integrates a back-up propane storage tank to ensure continued IT operation in the event of a gas line problem.
  • Ener-G-Rotors of Rotterdam, which makes technology that uses low-temperature waste heat from industrial facilities to generate electricity, was named a 2011 Top 10 Defense Energy Technology Solution by the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization.
  • The RIT Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies in Rochester was one of six programs that the State Science & Technology Institute lauded for serving as national models for states and regions investing in science, technology and innovation to help grow economies and create jobs.
  • Fordham University’s Rose Hill Dormitories were awarded LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. NYSERDA had invested approximately $550,000 in the project, which was developed to optimize energy use and performance.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 05/14/2013