Richard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance for New York in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, delivered the keynote address at the 2015 annual conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) Feb. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
The all-day event showcases the latest energy innovations and research results from Rensselaer faculty and students and their partners in industry, government, and academia. The three key themes of this year’s conference were “Energy Storage and Fuel Cells,” “Power Electronics, Photovoltaics, and Energy Efficiency,” and “Renewable Energy Systems and Grid Resiliency.”
CFES actively partners with small and mid-sized companies, global corporations, New York state and federal agencies, and educational institutions to accelerate 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.
“The development of clean energy is critical to our economy and environment,” said Jian Sun, CFES director and professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering. “The annual conference is an important venue to bring together CFES researchers, students, and partners to discuss advances in energy and how research and collaboration can bring us closer to our shared goal of creating a future energy system that is sustainable, resilient, and economical.”
This year, a total of 21 oral presentations were offered.
The annual conference is an important venue to bring together CFES researchers, students, and partners to discuss advances in energy and how research and collaboration can bring us closer to our shared goal of creating a future energy system that is sustainable, resilient, and economical.”—Jian Sun
In addition to Rensselaer, researchers affiliated with several CFES industrial partners, as well as partners from government and academia, spoke at the conference, including Cornell University, General Electric, Con Edison of New York, Eaton Corporation, and Opal-RT Technologies, among others.
Attendees also had the opportunity to view a poster session featuring 64 posters showcasing the broad research scope of CFES. In addition, 26 CFES industry partners also exhibited their technology and showcased their collaborations with CFES.
The conference featured talks from several Rensselaer faculty members and research associates about their energy research.
CFES is the locus of energy research at Rensselaer, where world-leading science and engineering researchers from all fields gather to collaborate on advancing energy technologies for the benefit and promotion of economic growth in New York. With partner Cornell University, the center’s research thrusts range from advanced materials for energy conversion and storage, to energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grids, and grid resiliency.