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Spotlight: Syracuse Center of Excellence

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Three Central Upstate New York companies have received a total of $415,798 from the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) in the third round of Technology Application and Demonstration (TAD 2009) awards. These demonstration projects are designed to improve air quality by testing for airborne contaminants and by creating the next generation of air conditioning and purification systems.

The awards are made possible through funding to SyracuseCoE from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (NY-25), like local congressional representatives over the past decade, has been instrumental in securing the funds that have made the TAD program a success.

The TAD 2009 awards will push the total U.S. EPA funding to date for SyracuseCoE technology demonstration projects to more than $1.7 million, a subset of a larger portfolio of demonstration projects funded by the SyracuseCoE in the past. TAD projects are a crucial part of SyracuseCoE's "innovation ecosystem," which seeks to fund product and service innovations in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources through research, demonstration and commercialization phases.

The TAD 2009 companies were competitively selected based on their proposals for yearlong projects that demonstrate the "first proof of principle" or "reduction to practice" phase of a new product or service associated with air and/or water quality. Projects began in early summer 2009, and most will run through May 2010.

The technology demonstration projects supported by the SyracuseCoE have a clear impact on the local community. For instance, Air Innovations of North Syracuse has created a system that circulates purified air throughout a home year round, dramatically helping asthmatic children breathe properly, especially in the winter months. This system has been deployed in Syracuse's Near Westside as part of the Near Westside Initiative. Another of the demonstration projects—by CollabWorx—will take place at the new SyracuseCoE headquarters in downtown Syracuse.

The award recipients and their collaborators are:

  • Air Innovations of North Syracuse: $150,000 for the "Demonstration and Commercialization of the HEPAiRx Integrated Energy Recovery Ventilation and Air Purification System." Collaborators: Clarkson University, University at Buffalo and Applied Healthcare Resource Management.
  • CollabWorx of Syracuse: $144,998 for "Open Web Services-Based Indoor Climate Control System, Phase III." Collaborator: SenSyr LLC.
  • HAPcontrol of Syracuse: $120,800 for a "Remediation System for Paint Booth Applications." Collaborators: Cornell University and Triad Technologies Inc.

"The three companies honored with the TAD awards are yet another example of the high-tech, cutting-edge work being done right here in Central Upstate New York," says Darlene Kerr, president of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. "It's this kind of innovative work that continues to position our region as a global leader in clean and renewable energy. The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and The Tech Garden are proud to be partners with SyracuseCoE."

The Syracuse Center of Excellence is a federation of more than 200 businesses and institutions that collaborate on sustainable innovations to improve built and urban environments. SyracuseCoE partners work on research, development and educational projects relating to clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources.