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ZEN; the Zero Energy Nanotechnology Building

Amongst the many buildings of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York, something a bit different stands. Within the buildings of Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) exists what might be the world’s most advanced university research enterprise in existence today. With 300 industrial partners, 4,000 scientists, engineers, students and faculty, and over $40 billion invested, the new Zero Energy Nanotechnology building, or ZEN building, is at the forefront of advanced building technology. The six floor, 400,000 square foot facility cost approximately $200 million to build and, in addition to teaching space, it provides research & development as well as office space for business and industry partners. "ZEN is our Zero Energy Nano building and today it's our signature building on campus," said Pradeep Haldar, CNSE Vice President of Entrepreneurship Innovation and Clean Energy Programs. "This is absolutely a cutting-edge building. What you see in this facility, the equipment, the technologies, the design […]

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