E2TAC has worked with many energy technology company partners on technology transfer projects and assisted these companies in proving out these technologies on the bench scale, but E2TAC was hindered in its abilities to assist company partners in testing full-scale products in real-world conditions. To overcome this problem, E2TAC and partner Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering (EYP) established NISE, the National Institute for Sustainable Energy, which develops and demonstrates clean energy technologies, which EYP can then bring to the marketplace.

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & EngineeringThe NISE lab is a resource to conduct joint R&D and commercialization programs related to zero energy and sustainable buildings.  The technology developed, evaluated, and demonstrated includes energy efficiency, energy generation, and energy storage. Used in concert, these technologies can lead to buildings that reduce our ecological footprint from energy use and stimulate economic development in New York.

Specific technologies tested at NISE include:

  • Fuel cells for combined heat and power, auxiliary power units, and UPS
  • Ultracapacitors for high power electricity storage
  • Power electronics for high power, efficient energy control and conversion
  • Alternative fuel (Hydrogen, biofuels) generation and storage
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Electrochromatic glass partitions
  • Hydrogen, chemical and environmental sensors
  • Superconductors for efficient energy transmission
  • Thermoelectrics for generating electricity from waste heat
  • Building information modeling software development and validation
  • Building energy system monitoring and control sensors and techniques
  • Energy efficiency technologies, active and passive
  • Energy recovery technologies
  • Load leveling techniques

Some of the technologies to be tested will be sited outdoors for exposure to natural resources and for realistic test conditions. Outdoor test spaces include the rooftop of the laboratory building and a specially designed solar carport, which will serve both as a test platform and as an aesthetically pleasing structure to shield cars from the snow and sun. The roof top test bed will include concrete pads, elevator access, and rigging access. Large equipment will eventually be sited in currently unused portions of the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering campus.