December 10, 2010

Smart Grid Panel Attracts Over 150 To E2TAC's Tech Valley Energy Forum

By: by Emily Behnke, Business Development Manager, E2TAC


The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's ("CNSE") Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center ("E2TAC") hosted over 150 participants from the Capital Region and beyond at The Future Electric Delivery System, a Tech Valley Energy Forum panel focusing on smart grid planning in New York State.   The event was held at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, a $6.5 billion megaplex that is the most advanced in the academic world, on December 9.

It is estimated that over $150 billion is lost each year in power outages on an electrical system that hasn't been updated in nearly a century.  The implementation of smart technologies is revolutionizing the production, transmission, and consumption of electricity in the United States and affecting homes and businesses across the nation. The transformation to a smarter grid will increase the reliability, efficiency, and security of the country's electrical system; encourage consumers to decrease their electricity use; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and allow the integration of all energy sources into the grid of tomorrow.

E2TAC assembled a first-class panel focusing on the opportunities, issues and challenges facing New York State in implementing Smart Grid.  The panel discussed what the future electric delivery system will look like for residents, and what emerging technologies will help reshape our grid.  Panelists included: Clayton Burns, National Grid; Chad Abbey, Hydro Quebec; Vijay Pargaonkar, CG Power Solutions; Unni Pillai, College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering;  and John Kern, GE Global Research.

The panel was moderated by E2TAC's Dr. Pradeep Haldar and featured a cocktail reception following the discussion, where attendees, who participated actively in the session, could speak one-on-one with the panelists.  For more information, please visit

About E2TAC
The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) was created in 1998. It was established as an active expansion of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to work with companies in the rapidly emerging energy and environmental industries. E2TAC provides a critical platform for CNSE to leverage its intellectual power base and state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide an applications-targeted resource supporting technology development, leading to the integration of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology in advanced energy and environmental applications. For more information, visit

About CNSE
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With over $6 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech, from companies including IBM, AMD, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. For more information, visit