Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center (AERTC)

The AERTC is a true partnership of Academic institutions, Research institutions, Energy providers and Industrial Corporations, focused on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications.

Stony Brook, NY

Energy supply, a cleaner environment, and continued economic development are inextricably linked to the future of New York State. The extremely active 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, or even the reasonable threat of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrate how easily our domestic supply of oil and natural gas can be disrupted, which sends shock waves throughout our national economy. The worldwide petroleum market is becoming more competitive as developing nations continue to industrialize, particularly in the Pacific Rim. Furthermore, the use of nonrenewable fuels, such as coal and oil can pose significant environmental hazards in densely populated areas such as ours. On the other hand, the long standing relationships that have been forged between large research institutions, such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University, workforce training centers at Farmingdale State College and regional companies which supply or distribute power, provide an ideal platform for initiating an energy research center.

The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center will develop advanced cutting edge technologies to explore new ways for production of clean energy, enhance production from renewable sources, and find efficient methods for distribution and storage of energy with minimal impact on the local eco systems. The Center will combine basic energy science research together with wireless information technology, modeling and simulation, testing, and evaluation for a seamless transition among concept, production, and distribution, with enhanced, continuous control for significantly improved efficiency and environmental protection. The goal of this Center will therefore be to ensure reliable, economical, and plentiful sources of energy that will support sustained economic development without impairing the natural environment.

The establishment of this Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, will strengthen the partnership among the business, government and academic sectors, and attract both public and private funding. Numerous models for highly successful centers already exist on Long Island. Stony Brook University is the only campus with two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology; one in Medical Biotechnology and another in Sensor Technologies. Stony Brook was the only University in the US with three National Science Foundation Centers; two in Materials Research Science and Engineering and one in Environmental and Molecular Science.

These centers represent investments of more than $325M by New York State, the federal government, and private industry and have achieved national recognition as powerhouses for economic growth on Long Island. Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is managed by Stony Brook University for the Department of Energy, has a well established reputation for energy related research. Several large companies, which provide energy to New York State, such as National Grid USA, LIPA, and British Petroleum have invested over $500M in contracts with the laboratory for energy related research, which includes construction of complete experimental test stations and fundamental research at the National Synchrotron Light Source, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the Department of Applied Science.

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