Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) was selected to receive a state grant that will designate the center as one of 15 institutions that comprise the New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) program. The CAT program is designed to encourage technology-based applied research and economic development in New York, collaborate with industry, increase competitiveness of NYS companies, and better leverage state funds with investments from the federal government.

          “I am pleased to see that one of the Capital District’s most prestigious educational institutions is receiving this grant money,” McLaughlin said. “The $10 million grant over 10 years will help CFES partner with industry leaders, quickly move technology to the marketplace, and eventually grow the economy and create jobs. As someone with a background in solar energy, I realize the importance of investing in renewable and more environmentally-friendly energy sources. I look forward to state-of-the-art energy research being done at RPI and will continue my unwavering support of the school and its efforts.”

            CFES focuses on energy storage, wind, solar, fuel cells, improving energy efficiency and operates a distributed generation test-bed to explore the integration of energy infrastructure and grid resiliency. During the last decade, the center has worked with over 70 New York State companies, produced an aggregate economic impact of $84 million, created more than 200 jobs, and continues to lead energy seminars, workshops, conferences and involvement with K-12 education.

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website



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