Advanced Energy Research and Technology Projects
Political uncertainty in energy producing regions of the world, as well as natural disasters, such as the one in New Orleans, can trigger large fluctuations in price and supply of traditional fuels. These instabilities can have a disastrous effect on the economy, as well as the national security of highly industrialized and densely populated regions, such as ours. It is therefore incumbent upon us to develop reliable renewable energy systems for domestic and military purposes with highly secure and efficient distribution pathways.
Energy research in the U.S. has stagnated for two decades, despite a wake-up call with the 1979 oil embargo. Today, fuel cost, the industrial revolution in the Far East and the decisive impact of fossil fuels on the global climate, have pushed energy R&D to the forefront. It is difficult for the industrial energy sector to undertake high-risk, large-scale research due to its thin profit margin and aggressive competition. The NYS Energy Center at Stony Brook represents a unique opportunity to take a national lead in developing a center of excellence in new and renewable energy technologies.
Stony Brook University scientists have embarked on a variety of cutting edge, energy-related research, including alternative clean energy sources, enhanced production from renewable sources, improved efficiency of energy use in the residential, commercial, manufacturing and transportation sectors, emerging technology trends such as nanomaterials for reduced wear and improved thermal insulation, more efficient manufacturing methods, and environmental protection. This publication describes existing funded research work on hydrogen fuel cell/batteries, photovoltaic cells, new polymeric materials, improved and highly efficient combustion processes, efficiencies of conventional energy, monitoring of gases and pollutants energy policy, and other energy related programs. These programs involve a new generation of undergraduate and post-graduate students who are nurtured with the knowledge, skills, economics and impact, implications, and economics of energy research to supply the growing national demand for energy-centric technical graduates.
At Stony Brook, this extraordinary scope and volume of work has a positive environment for success. Included by distinguished national and international reviewers among the top 150 universities in the world, Stony Brook is the only institution in the country with two National Science Foundation materials centers - in thermal spray and polymers - and the only campus in New York with two state-designated Centers for Advanced Technology - in medical biotechnology and sensor systems - and has on its faculty recipients of both the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology. It leads the 54-campus SUNY system in earning competitively-awarded federal research and originated the only two drugs from any SUNY campus that have been approved by the FDA.
Over the last five years, Stony Brook has also been the SUNY leader in technology transfer, whether measured by licensing fees, invention disclosures, issued patents, or executed licenses. The campus has a complete suite of economic development programs, from R & D collaboration to the nurturing of new enterprises in its three incubator facilities. The projects described here are a modest representation of the depth and breadth of Stony Brook's commitment to the research disciplines that bear on Energy Research. Much more needs to be done and our faculty colleagues are rising to these challenges. We invite you to join us!
Gail S. Habicht
Vice President for Research
Vice President for Economic Development
Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences