The Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing is headquartered in Sustainability Hall, the 84,000-square-foot home of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Sustainability Hall, a world-class Living Laboratory for Sustainability has been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council – the highest standard that can be achieved in the rating system.
The Center of Excellence utilizes the state-of-the-art facilities in Sustainability Hall, including sixteen specialized laboratories. The COE also utilizes laboratories, and a high-bay integration space, in the adjoining Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies building.
GIS Labs and Testbeds
- Sustainability Hall
- Sustainable Building Materials Lab
- Materials Science Lab
- Eco-Design Lab
- Microgrid Testbed
- Fuel Cell Testbed
- Vehicle Dynamics Testbed
- Environmental Chemistry Lab
- Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab
- Eco-IT Testbed
- Materials Integration Lab
- Electronics Lab
- NanoPower Research Labs
- Systems Performance and Reliability Lab
- Imaging Products Lab
- Rapid Reverse Engineering Lab
- Clean Technologies Lab
Sustainability Hall itself functions as a large-scale testbed for sustainable technologies. This smart building is equipped to produce energy and monitor its own usage through a combination of solar panels, wind turbines, an eight-well geothermal heating/cooling system, and a 400 kilowatt fuel cell, all overseen by an intelligent microgrid energy management system. Sustainability Hall also serves as a testbed for energy efficient building materials and practices. It was designed to consume less than half the energy consumed by other buildings of its size, thanks to special features such as an abundance of natural lighting, highly efficient insulating window glass, and a sunshade system that reduces summertime heat buildup from the sun. These and other state-of-the-art design elements enable Sustainability Hall to serve not only as a center for sustainability investigation and learning, but also as a unique research tool for whole-building design and functionality.
Sustainable Building Materials Lab
This lab researches the myriad building products and materials that make up, shape, and impact the physical/built environment. Research focuses on existing materials and components - especially those with a sustainable and green focus - and collaborating with industry in the development of smart, emerging, and innovative building material technologies.
Materials Science Lab
Studies of material aging, wear, and failure analysis are conducted in this lab with much of the work done in concert with private industry, giving students practical experience. Information from these studies can lead to longer lasting materials and parts with improved reliability and durability.
This facility is both a teaching and research space, inspired by industrial design facilities, where students study the life cycle of high tech consumer products from raw materials, through manufacturing, use, and disposal. Here, teams of students learn about the environmental impacts of products and work collaboratively to understand and apply sustainable design methods.
This is where information about the building's energy production and use is analyzed, and decisions are made about how to use the available energy sources (including wind turbines, solar panels, fuel cells, and a 50 kWh battery bank) optimally at any given moment.
Fuel Cell Testbed
Innovations in fuel cell technology are developed and tested here, with research aimed at improving reliability and reducing costs. Electricity generated by the fuel cells under test here is used to help meet the building's energy needs.
Vehicle Dynamics Testbed
This facility includes a chassis dynamometer for testing vehicle fuel efficiency in various drive cycles, an engine dynamometer that performs life cycle and emission testing on engines running alternative fuels such as biodiesel, as well as space for research and testing electric vehicle propulsion technologies.
Environmental Chemistry Lab
This lab uses fundamental material chemistry techniques to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of products and technologies, with a focus on ways to process materials once they reach the end of their useful lives. Projects include environmentally benign and economically efficient recycling of lithium-ion batteries and quantification of nano-particulate exposure potentials for emerging technologies.
Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab
Funded by Staples Corporation, this lab includes working testbeds of various types of office spaces, as well as a disassembly and analysis area for business products. Its goals are to research sustainable technologies for a variety of products and services and to make the general business environment more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy.
The work on the two mini data centers in this lab focuses on developing more energy efficient data centers and less energy intensive cooling systems typically used by larger data centers.
Materials Integration Lab
This facility analyzes how the physical and mechanical properties of components and materials can be altered to improve design characteristics. Equipment is used to alter surface qualities and material properties, leading to components that are potentially stronger, less prone to corrosion, and longer lasting. This lab works with local companies to help them develop better products.
This lab is a focal point for the development and analysis of eco-friendly electronic and embedded systems. Its goals are to provide research, education, and technical assistance to industry for the design of sustainable electronic systems.
NanoPower Research Labs
Develops new materials and devices for power generation and storage for microelectronic components and micro-electromechanical systems compatible with the current needs of microsystem technologies by exploiting carbon nanotubes, semiconductor quantum dots, and organic/polymer photovoltaics.
Systems Performance and Reliability Lab
Investigates component/system life cycles to understand and predict aging/wear while utilizing this data to enhance overall performance. Equipment includes a 300 hp transmission dynamometer, a servo hydraulic tensile and fatigue tester, a highly accelerated life tester (HALT), and an Instron materials tester.
Imaging Products Lab
Provides evaluation and research to enhance imaging product/system sustainability through improved testing procedures and sustainable design capabilities. Facilities include Xenon arc ultraviolet and Ozone test chambers.
Rapid Reverse Engineering Lab
When products are recovered from end-of-life, specifications, such as material requirements and dimensional tolerances, are often unavailable. This lab enables accurate reconstruction of missing product information to facilitate new production, design improvements, and enhanced opportunities for remanufacturing/reuse.
Clean Technologies Lab
Features surface cleaning machines for alternative cleaning, testing and validation. Engineers utilize the lab's parts washers and dip tanks, thermal ovens, and abrasive blast cabinets to develop technologies that prevent pollution and reduce costs to companies.