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Industrial Innovations

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Programs

Transformative Technologies for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (TTEEM) supports feasibility studies, demonstrations and commercialization of transformative technologies that provide a significant energy/greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit to a manufacturing process in New York State (NYS). The intent of the program is to help NYS significantly reduce its GHG emissions by defraying the risk associated with developing or being a first-time user of a transformative technology that provides significant energy/GHG benefits for a manufacturing process in NYS. Innovations in the manufacturing process of clean-energy technologies are preferred. Contact: Miriam Pye, (miriam.pye@nyserda.ny.gov) 518-862-1090 ext. 3370, Scott Larsen, (scott.larsen@nyserda.ny.gov) ext. 3208, Davetta Thacher, (davetta.thacher@nyserda.ny.gov) ext. 3603.

The 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, (miriam.pye@nyserda.ny.gov) 518-862-1090 ext. 3370 or Davetta Thacher (davetta.thacher@nyserda.ny.gov) ext. 3603.

Ultraviolet and Electron Beam Curing (UV/EB)

This program 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/GHG benefit to a manufacturing process in New York State. The goal of the program is to elicit behavioral changes in the NY 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/GHG 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. Contact: Scott Larsen, (scott.larsen@nyserda.ny.gov) ext. 3208.

Biomimicry: A Technique for Adapting Design Strategies from Nature for New and Improved Products

Biomimicry, intentionally looking to nature for inspiration, may be able to help usher an entrepreneur from concept to commercialization better, faster, and cheaper. For this reason, NYSERDA has embarked on an effort to popularize biomimicry among New York State-based inventors.

Over one hundred years ago, the Wright Brothers famously studied the flight mechanisms of birds for inspiration in their design of the airplane. They didn’t slavishly copy the flapping of wings, but instead focused on the intricate control of flight by wing-shape modification (as birds do when they tilt the end-feathers on their wings during stable turns). For the Wright Brothers, birds were an obvious mentor found in nature. Today, other inventors continue to look to nature for clues – a process referred to as biomimicry, and the results are astounding.

NYSERDA’s mission involves helping inventors and entrepreneurs bring technologies that can significantly reduce NYS GHGs from concept to commercialization. Contact: Miriam Pye, (miriam.pye@nyserda.ny.gov) 518-862-1090 ext. 3370.

Last Updated: 10/17/2014