Technology Center at ESF to Develop Energy Efficient Manufacturing
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), SUNY-ESF, and RadTech International announced in May 2011 the establishment of a new research, development and industrial testing center to help make manufacturing processes in New York State more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and economical.
NYSERDA will provide nearly $1 million in funding for the Ultraviolet Light (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) Process Curing Systems Technology Center in Syracuse, which will leverage more than $1 million in SUNY and private capital from industrial partners. The center will advance the development and adoption of formulas that produce little to no harmful emissions in the manufacture and application of inks, paints and coatings.
Ultraviolet and Electron Beam technologies represent a market worth more than $3 billion worldwide. These technologies cause inks and paints to dry nearly instantly, thereby speeding industrial production. Specially formulated inks and paints offer the capability to cause instant drying, protecting the environment by eliminating or significantly reducing harmful emissions. The elimination of climate-controlled drying chambers eliminates production bottlenecks and frees valuable space at a factory while reducing energy consumption.
Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., SUNY-ESF President, said: “The center is an excellent opportunity for SUNY-ESF’s students, faculty and technical staff to work closely with New York State manufacturers on energy efficient curing and manufacturing processes. The College will help develop and transfer the latest in energy-efficient ultraviolet light and electron beam technologies to the coating, adhesive and composite industries in New York State. These new technologies will help New York State-based companies be more competitive by reducing costs and marketing more environmentally friendly products.”