Manufacturing Technology Development activities advance the development, demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy-efficient technologies in New York’s cleantech manufacturing base with strategic focus on strengthening competitive advantage, increasing productivity and reducing energy use and environmental footprint. These activities support the mitigation of risk aversion by developers and users of manufacturing process technologies.
Other Manufacturing Technology Development programs are offered periodically through a competitive format, where proposals received in response to a given due date will undergo a merit review by a Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP). These programs typically have one or two due dates per year
Transformative Technologies for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (TTEEM) supports:
- feasibility studies, demonstrations or commercialization of transformative technologies being developed in NYS to be used to provide a significant energy/greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit for a manufacturing process; or
- feasibility studies or demonstrations of transformative technologies that provide a significant energy/GHG benefit to a manufacturing process in NYS.
The intent of TTEEM is to defray the risk associated with developing or being a first-time user of a transformative manufacturing technology. Innovations in the manufacturing process of clean-energy technologies are preferred. Contact: Miriam Pye, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 518-862-1090 ext. 3370
Ultraviolet and Electron Beam Process Innovation and Market Transformation supports projects that develop, demonstrate or commercialize innovative radiation (rad)-cure technologies, comprising ultraviolet (UV), visible light and/or electron beam (EB), that provide an energy benefit to a manufacturing process in New York State. Contact: Scott Larsen (LSL@nyserda.ny.gov) 518-862-1090 ext. 3208.
Accelerating Commercialization of Industrial Technologies Program (ACIT) is intended to accelerate market development of NYSERDA-R&D-supported industrial clean energy technologies by supporting multiple demonstrations for selected technologies, training NYS-based manufacturing staff and commissioning engineers to promote new clean energy technologies throughout NYS, and developing best practices guidebooks for each technology selected. This approach will defray early-adoption risk and make markets and underutilized technologies more compatible with NYSERDA deployment programs and market uptake without incentives. Contact: Miriam Pye, (email@example.com) 518-862-1090 ext. 3370
Special Program Support
The Manufacturing Technology Development Program has helped establish the following Technical Assistance Contractors to provide specialty services to the NYS cleantech community.
Ultraviolet and Electron Beam Curing (UV/EB) Technology Applications Center at SUNY ESF
This Center works with NYS companies to research, develop, demonstrate, and commercialize innovative improvements to UV and/or EB manufacturing processes or product usage. The Center’s goal is to elicit behavioral changes in the New York State industrial marketplace leading to the increased adoption of these energy efficient, inherently green technologies in numerous industrial markets, including, but not limited to, printing, heavy manufacturing, flooring and composites. Organizations electing to implement radiation cure technologies such as ultraviolet light (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing in their manufacturing processes can realize significant energy savings and productivity improvements. UV/EB curing of inks, coatings, adhesives, composites and medical and electrical devices is a very rapid, highly efficient, proven manufacturing process which provides substantial productivity enhancements in addition to minimizing or eliminating the need for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to be used as diluents. A partnership among NYSERDA, the Center, and RadTech in 2009 launched the RadTech uv.ebEast Conference which recurs in New York State every other year. Contact: Scott Larsen (LSL@nyserda.ny.gov) 518-862-1090 ext. 3208.
Biomimicry Technical Assistance Contractor/Virtual Biomimicry Innovation Center
Biomimicry, intentionally looking to nature for inspiration, may be able to help usher an entrepreneur from concept to commercialization better, faster, cheaper and cleaner. NYSERDA is leading the way for New York State to become a hub of biomimicry: researchers at the state’s universities are developing innovative technologies inspired by functions in nature, and the state’s most forward-thinking businesses are discovering the market advantage that can be gained from mimicking nature’s efficient designs.
NYSERDA is building a network spanning New York State and its complex institutional and business landscapes. A virtual Biomimicry Innovation Center (virtual BIC) will serve as an online entry point into the growing pool of interdisciplinary research, business, and funding that is geared towards applying biomimicry innovations. In addition to a web presence that will provide information and online interaction, the virtual BIC will host in-person seminars and gatherings in various locations in the state, aimed at sharing knowledge and creating project teams. The BIC will bring together entrepreneurs, researchers, existing businesses, and potential investors and provide:
- Information on funding streams available for biomimicry-based research;
- Introductions to potential partners for feasibility studies, prototyping, and commercialization projects;
- Access to a team that can help identify potential biomimetic solutions to industrial challenges; and
- Previews of biomimetic technologies that are ripe for marketplace success.
NY Biomimicry Innovators Group website: NY-BIG.org
Contact: Miriam Pye, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 518-862-1090 ext. 3370
Manufacturing Sector Overview Brochure [PDF]
For information on the Manufacturing Technology Development Program, contact Dana Levy (DLL@nyserda.ny.gov) 518 862-1090, ext. 3377