NYSERDA President and CEO Francis Murray Speaks at Center for Future Energy Systems Conference
Francis Murray, president and chief executive officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), gave the keynote address Jan. 25 at the 2012-13 annual conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES).
The all-day event was a showcase for the leading-edge energy research taking place at Rensselaer, and aimed to promote and encourage additional collaboration between academia and industry on important energy topics. The event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. Murray’s presentation was titled “New York’s Energy Policy in Practice: Framework for the Future.”
CFES actively partners with industry, government, and educational institutions to accelerate renewable energy research, move technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace, and ultimately build value and create jobs. CFES is one of 15 designated Centers for Advanced Technology funded by the Empire State Development Division for Science, Technology and Innovation. From 2005 to 2012, CFES leveraged a total $6.5 million investment from the state to help the center’s industrial partners deliver $73 million in economic impact and create 150 jobs.
“Every day, CFES works with forward-thinking companies and helps them harness the expertise of Rensselaer faculty and students to advance fundamental research as well as solve specific, real-world energy challenges,” said Jian Sun, CFES director and professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering. “Our annual conference is an opportunity to look back and report on our success, and we look forward to discussing new strategies for solving tomorrow’s energy challenges.”
“I am thrilled to be able to tell the story of New York state leading the nation in developing the clean energy technology of the future,” Murray said. “Through the vision and leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York continues to strengthen the vital link between the public and private sectors and academia to nurture and grow the clean energy value chain. It begins with research and development and continues through clean tech incubators and proof-of-concept centers, and ultimately leads to the commercialization of clean energy technologies that create economic opportunity and a cleaner environment for all New Yorkers.”
“Facilitating the transfer of technology from academia to commercialization is a critical component of Governor Cuomo’s strategy to grow New York’s economy,” said Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Advanced technology centers like this one were created to help bridge the gap between technology-based applied research and the marketplace, and create jobs and spur growth. CFES is doing cutting-edge work, and I look forward to continuing to partner with them as they work with industry to bring new innovations to market and create jobs in New York.”
Researchers from several CFES industrial partners from across the state spoke at the conference, including GE Global Research, IBM, Primet Precision Materials, and International Rectifier. Additionally, the conference featured talks from several Rensselaer faculty members about their energy research. More than 30 researchers and 45 students from Rensselaer, Cornell, and Brookhaven collaborate on CFES projects.
For additional information on CFES and energy research at Rensselaer, visit www.rpi.edu/cfes and energy.rpi.edu.