Thu November 28, 2013

Passive house takes on upstate winter

Model of a passive home
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Think of a large Thermos, large enough to put a family in. That’s a passive house. Passive houses are buildings that rely on their construction, insulation, and the environment to heat them in winter and cool them in summer.

They’re popular in Europe, but there are only a handful of them in the U.S. and one of them belongs to a family in upstate New York, who are getting ready to take on their first winter in their passive home.

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Thu September 19, 2013

NYSERDA hits 50,000 mark for energy-efficient homes program

A home energy assessment contractor reads heat levels in a NYS home

In the past 12 years, 50,000 homes across the state have gone through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) energy star home performance program.

The 50,000th project was completed in Rochester in western New York, and NYSERDA officials say the number of energy-saving projects in the upstate region are expected to rise as winter approaches.

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Wed July 10, 2013

Upstate company cutting costs for global fuel cell production

Dr Somov with the cermet interconnect
Solid Cell

The state’s energy research and development authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $200,000 to upstate fuel cell company Solid Cell.

The funding is earmarked for commercialization of the company’s unique interconnect material, an important mechanical part of fuel cell systems. The product could cut costs for fuel cell manufacturers around the world.

Interconnects are the components that connect the layers of a solid oxide fuel cell, enabling it to convert fuel to energy through a reaction between oxygen and fuels like hydrogen or natural gas.

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Mon June 10, 2013

Copper ink could cut cost of solar systems

Conductive copper printed onto flexible plastic sheets
Kate O'Connell

The commercialization of a new industrial process in upstate New York could lead to cheaper, greener solar systems.

Nanotech company Intrinsiq Materials has been awarded $887,000 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to take their idea forward.

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Sat March 30, 2013

New program promotes local job creation and energy efficiency


A new program is expected to make some Western New York businesses more energy efficient. The community housing organization PUSH Buffalo is leading an effort that’s also expected to create local jobs.

The PUSH Green building retrofit program begins by linking non-profit organizations and small businesses with a registered architect who will act as their energy advocate. The advocate will work with the client on identifying what incentives are available to them from the state’s Energy Research and Development Authority, NYSERDA.

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