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May 18 2011

Sixth Annual Energy Conference to Feature Wind, Ocean Energy Technology


Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 18, 2011) – Floating wind farms, ocean wave power, hydrofracking, and the state of climate science will be among the featured discussions at NYIT’s sixth annual all-day Energy Conference on Thursday, June 2, at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury.

Beyond Carbon:  Offshore Energy and Technologies” brings together energy experts to provide the latest updates about new alternative energy sources for the region, including Long Island’s joint offshore wind project with New York City, an underwater tidal turbine project in the East River, and the large-scale Atlantic Wind Connection project.
 
“This timely conference addresses the vast amount of energy that can be derived from the ocean and will sharpen the debate about our transition as a nation from carbon-based to carbon-free fuels” said Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT.   
 
Dr. Habib Dagher, of the University of Maine, will present his vision for the next generation of offshore wind technology – giant deepwater floating wind farms.   Markian Melnyk, president of Atlantic Grid Development, will discuss progress on the planned offshore transmission “superhighway” for east coast wind farms.  Jonathan Colby of Verdant Power will describe ongoing developments of an underwater tidal power plant, the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy project.  Wave engineering expert, Dr. Michael Raftery, of Stevens Institute of Technology will discuss ocean wave power potential in the Mid-Atlantic Bight and Michael Deering of LI Power Authority (LIPA), will discuss the feasibility of offshore wind on Long Island.
 
The conference features a keynote address on the state of climate science by Dr. Monique Leclerc, University of Georgia, Laboratory for Environmental Physics, and an honorary award
to climate science pioneer, Dr. Wallace S. Broecker from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, for his life’s work in exploring the ocean’s systems that help shape our planet’s climate.
 
The controversial topic of one onshore technology -- hydraulic fracturing – is also included in the conference program.  Anita Thompkins of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will discuss the EPA’s ongoing study on the effect of hydrofracking on drinking water.  
 
Science will meet art at the conference student art exhibit featuring work on sustainability and alternative energy sources. The conference will be held from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and includes time for questions and follow-up discussions.
 
Learn more about NYIT's sustainability experts and the conference at: www.nyit.edu/energyconference.  
 
A forum for green debates for the past five years in New York and globally (China and South Korea) and the birthplace of the first solar carport on Long Island in 2009, NYIT is a local and global leader in clean energy initiatives.  NYIT students have designed solar homes for the Solar Decathlon competition and a “green” airplane hangar for the USS Intrepid.  Current NYIT research includes a solar radiation study of the Manhattan campus to reduce energy consumption, carbon sequestration, and a study of Long Island’s carbon footprint.  NYIT’s “Greenprint” program includes a fleet of electric and hybrid cars, a biodiesel energy project, and a bike share program.  
 
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
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