Facilities | Smart Energy Scholars

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Below is a list of just a few of the facilities at Binghamton University currently working on smart energy research:

Smart Energy Building

Located on the ITC campus, the Smart Energy Building is a state-of-the-art $70 million, 114,000 square-foot research facility, which accommodates research and development initiatives for the departments of chemistry and physics. The building includes space for faculty, students, and industry scientists and engineers to work side-by-side to create new energy and other cutting-edge technologies, and maintain and expand the regional workforce.

Please enjoy this BU news story regarding the opening of the space.

S3IP Center of Excellence

S3IP brings together teams of experts from industry and the University to address pressing real-world problems in the systems integration and manufacturing of electronics. Our research centers focus on topics related to electronics packaging, flexible electronics, energy-efficient data centers and energy harvesting and storage. S3IP, now celebrating its first decade as a New York State Center of Excellence, and its constituent research centers have contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to New York State since 1996.

NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Research (NECCES)

The NECCES labs and offices, a combined 4000 ft2, are located in the newly constructed Center of Excellence Building at Binghamton University. NECCES has a new (2015) Bruker D8 powder x-ray diffractometer, Scintag XDS-2000 X-Ray Diffractometer, Superconducting Quantum Interface Device (SQUID) Design MPMS and Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS), 3 glove boxes, over 120 channels of coin cell battery cyclers, thermal analysis and data analysis computers with software, including the Thermogravimetric Analyzer. The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Research (NECCES) operates a Battery Dry Room that supports advanced battery research and industrial partners by providing a controlled, ultra-low humidity environment for assembling and testing prototype batteries. This is particularly relevant for batteries constructed with extremely moisture-sensitive materials such as lithium.

Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP)

CASP, a multi-disciplinary research center, functions as part of Binghamton University's S3IP, a New York State Center of Excellence. Building on Binghamton's expertise in the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC), CASP is developing thin film solar cells made from abundant and non-toxic elements. Working with next-generation nanotechnologies, CASP's flexible solar cells will use sustainable materials and green manufacturing methods.

Energy-Smart Electronics Systems (ES2)

Data Center lab is a moderate-scale (~500 servers) data center operated as a living laboratory for research into energy-aware workload management, investigation and optimization of air and liquid cooling of data center electronic equipment and research into hybrid AC/DC power distribution in data centers.

Smart Electronics Manufacturing Lab (SEML)

This lab offers an end-to-end Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly line available for prototyping the manufacture and small-lot production of electronics assemblies. The SEML is a working laboratory developing machine-to-machine communications techniques for electronics manufacturing.

Nanofabrication Laboratory (NLAB)

This lab provides capability for atomic layer deposition to produce solar cells, thermoelectric devices, MEMS devices and supercapacitors.

The Smart Energy Operations Research Laboratory (SEORL)

SEORL focuses on the design, modeling, and management of complex energy and manufacturing systems. The central theme of the research is to understand the working principles of these systems and make them more efficient and reliable by optimally integrating various resources such as information, equipment, materials, finance and people.

MEMS and Energy Harvesting Lab

Energy harvesting in the lab involves converting mechanical kinetic energy to electricity. Electricity is generated through piezoelectric, and triboelectric effects. Such energy harvesters find applications in structural health monitoring systems and biomedical sensors. The power generations are small in the range of milli- and micro-watts, though it is useful for emerging low power sensors. Research on MEMS actuators/sensors is focused on designing energy efficient electrostatic actuators/sensors to achieve high resolution and sensitivity.