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Japanese companies join emerging energy partnership in Albany

Staff writer |
Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization have joined on a $25 million partnership to invest in emerging energy technologies at the Zero Energy Nano (ZEN) building in Albany, New York State.

The partnership will install, commission, test and demonstrate state-of-the-art technologies that include solar photovoltaics, lighting, fuel cells and smart building energy management systems at the 356,000 square-foot ZEN building, which is currently under construction at the Albany NanoTech Complex.

This global partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) aims to leverage one of the largest mixed-use, zero energy buildings in the world to design ultra-high energy efficient capabilities which can be adopted to cut the operating costs of buildings in New York State and around the world through the reduction of energy loads and the utilization of optimum onsite energy generating opportunities.

The partnership between CNSE and NEDO, Japan's largest public research and development management organization, will contribute to the development of an international market for energy efficient buildings as efforts to install, commission and provide a test-bed for the equipment donated by NEDO will showcase their critical importance.

As new, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are developed and commercialized, deployment and validation are crucial to accelerate this process and support manufacturers' needs. As part of this process, the technologies' results will be measured and validated, and predictive performance of the systems at the ZEN building will be widely disseminated.

As part of the collaboration, NEDO will entrust Shimizu Corporation, a globally recognized architectural, civil engineering and general contracting firm, to implement NEDO's day-to-day work related to the project. CNSE will jointly collaborate with NEDO and Shimizu to install and integrate the technology at the NanoCollege, which will continue to work closely with EYP, the designer of the ZEN building and a global provider of comprehensive building design, research, and related consulting services.

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