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Alfred U and START-UP NY partner with energy storage and generation company

By David Schwartz
Published: August 19th, 2019

Alfred University is partnering with MicroEra Power, Inc., which is slated to become the first START-UP NY firm to be located at the AHEAD Energy facility at Metro Park in Rochester.

The company plans to create 18 new jobs at the facility over the next five years, where it will work to develop the latest in combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) systems to provide businesses with reliable backup power and cost-effective power generation. The on-site systems, powered in part by renewable energy sources, also limit carbon emissions.

“Alfred seeks to assist in strategic partnerships with New York State companies developing the next generation of clean energy technologies whenever we can, in support of Governor Cuomo’s aggressive carbon-reduction goals,” said Alfred University President Mark Zupan. “Our experience in technical ceramics and glass materials, as well as in renewable energy engineering, will provide significant benefits to MicroEra Power as they continue efforts to commercialize their highly efficient combined cooling, heating and power systems.”

Added Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky: “MicroEra Power is a great fit for Alfred University’s world-class renewable energy program and an example of how the START-UP NY program supports industry and university partnerships that boost businesses, develop skilled talent and boost regional economies.”

MicroEra Power CEO Eleanor Rusling said the START-UP NY partnership offered her firm — which she described as “an early-stage cleantech company in the rapidly growing market of distributed energy resources” — access to unique technical expertise that can lower the costs of developing and integrating new technologies.

“This partnership connects our company with the highly regarded expertise in ceramics and glass available only at Alfred University,” Rusling said. “Alfred University’s new program in renewable energy engineering will be valuable as we commercialize CHPplus to provide commercial businesses with energy security, cost savings and green credentials. Our distributed generation and energy storage system is a valuable component in New York State’s transition to a renewable-intensive grid.”

MicroEra has also committed to hiring Alfred University student interns, who will work on developing its CCHP systems and gain real-world experience in running and scaling up an early-stage technology company.

“Alfred University is well positioned to support development such as this thanks to our unique expertise in technical ceramics and glass materials engineering, which plays a critical role both in energy storage and generation,” commented John Simmins, executive director of Research and Economic Development at Alfred University. “We are very excited about this opportunity with MicroEra Power and look forward to helping them bring this technology to market.”

Source: Wellsville Daily Reporter

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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