Advanced Energy Research Technology Center Being Built at Stony Brook University
Ground will be broken
Tuesday for a $35 million energy center that will work to make alternative
energy available to everyone and establish Long Island as a leader in the
growing alternative energy sector. The Advanced Energy Research Technology
Center being built on the campus of SUNY Stony Brook will research and
promote every area of alternative energy, including solar, wind, hydrogen
fuel cells, geothermal, biomass and nano-technology.
"All these energy sources are being used on Long Island and other
places on the planet in a small way and we are going to see how they can be
brought to the masses," said Robert Catell, Vice President National Grid
USA Energy Corp., and a co-chair of the tech center.
New York State is paying to build the state of the art building, which
itself, will be the most energy efficient building in the state, and only
one of 26 in the nation to get the top Platinum rating from the U.S. Green
Building Council in Washington, D.C.
The AERTC will establish Long Island as an area for alternative energy
research and create exciting career opportunities, said Senate Deputy
Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Rockville Centre, before the 11 a.m.
groundbreaking and ceremony at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook
Long Island and the entire state are in dire need of new energy
sources, said Dr. Yacov Shamash, AERTC
Vice Chairman. "We are scratching
the surface with a few solar panels here and a few windmills there, and a
smattering of buildings using hydrogen fuel cells or geo-thermal
technology," said Shamash.
"We have the technology to produce enough alternative energy to power a
nation, but we need the will and industrial structure to develop it," he
Natural disasters, such as hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico that
threaten oil fineries and natural gas producers, show how vulnerable our
energy supply is, said Catell.
"This instability has a disastrous effect on the economy, as well as
national security," he said.
"Our country has gone through oil shortages in the 1970s, when foreign
countries embargoed oil shipments and yet we still import a majority of our
energy needs from these same countries," he said.
"The argument for a secure, efficient energy supply we control within
our borders is obvious," Catell said.
"It is my hope that the center's research will unlock the mystery to
alternative sources of energy and help reduce our dependence on foreign
fuels, create new jobs and enhance our economic growth," said Sen. Kenneth
P. LaValle of R-Selden.
The Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center building is preparing
to conform to the highest level of energy sustainability administered by
the U.S. Green Building Council
, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit
coalition of building industry leaders. The building will have a Leadership
in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating, which means it has
achieved maximum energy efficiency in five distinct categories: sustainable
site, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, material & resources and
indoor environmental quality.
- Sustainable Site -- Parking for low emission vehicles and use of
vegetation that eliminates storm water runoff, while providing shade to
keep blacktop from generating heat will be used.
- Water Efficiency -- Landscaping that requires no irrigation will be
used, as will a system for collecting ground water on the roof, which
will be used for flushing toilets.
- Energy and Atmosphere -- Photovoltaic cells will be built into the roof
to create energy and block sunlight. Windows will be used as a source
of light. Energy efficient desk lamps will be used in favor of
- Materials and Resources -- use of recycled building materials will
exceed 20%. 75% of construction waste will also be diverted to
- Indoor & Environmental Quality -- Extensive venting will prevent
pollution during construction. An efficient air pumping system will
provide fresh air, which will be carefully monitored.
The energy center will also seek to improve the efficiencies of
existing fuels and improve the conservation of fuels-including oil and
natural gas-that are in decreasing supply.
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