Manufacturing Forum

Clean Energy & Sustainability:

Opportunities & Resources for Manufacturers

April 20th, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY


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NY Power Authority

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is America's largest state power organization, with 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA also brings you a full suite of energy management solutions from energy efficiency to clean power. Turnkey, cost-effective solutions. Technology to move your business forward. True partnership. Find out more at


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LJUNGSTRӦM provides custom manufacturing solutions and has signed a contract with Riggs Distler & Company, Inc. to provide specialized structural steelwork for New York’s latest offshore wind project, Sunrise Wind. The wind farm joint development partnership between Ørsted and Eversource has the capacity to power nearly 600,000 homes with 100% renewable energy to help New York accomplish a carbon-free energy grid by 2040.

New York State Energy Research & Development Authority

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Workforce development and training are essential components to a bustling 21st century economy and a cleaner, healthier New York. To meet the requirements of a clean energy economy as outlined in the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act), NYSERDA dedicated more than $100 million in funding to support clean energy workforce development and training.

Our funding supports activities as diverse as:

- Training for building and operations staff to properly operate and maintain building systems;
- On-the-job training for new clean energy workers;
- Internships for students looking to gain hands-on skills at a clean energy company;
- And more.

NextEra Energy Resources

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NextEra Energy Resources is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with ~23,900 megawatts of total net generating capacity in 38 states and Canada. We are the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, a leader in battery storage, and have one of the largest community solar portfolios in New York. NextEra Energy Resources offers a wide range of products that allow us to create custom solutions to meet your energy and sustainability needs. We understand that strong sustainability outcomes create value for our customers in multiple ways. Whether your goal is to reduce emissions and water consumption, or save on your energy bill, we have a solution for you.


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EMPEQ automates traditional workflows for energy engineers and commercial contractors through an integrated, AI-enabled mobile & cloud-based app that digitizes customer equipment data and arranges financing solutions for their customers with the just the click of a smartphone’s camera.

EMPEQ is trusted by many of the world’s largest engineering firms and energy services companies – demonstrably saving companies nearly $1,000,000 in auditing costs and helping them close an additional $18,900,000 in equipment projects to date.

Center for Economic Growth

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Attending with CEG and representing Group Sponsor Apprenticeship Program. Please refer to Michael's registration for full information. For matching purposes, companies looking to connect about workforce development.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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The CESMII Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is creating an agile research, demonstration and learning environment centered around the RPI Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL) to meet manufacturers where they are and help them accelerate adoption of and return value from Smart Manufacturing technologies and systems. The RPI SMIC has strong industry engagement experience and core competencies related to Smart Manufacturing, including advanced manufacturing and automation, robotics, sensing, modeling, optimization, controls, advanced data analytics, high-performance computing and scientific computation, and computational innovations such as AI and ML.

Empire State Development

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New York’s commitment to clean tech and renewable energy is driving tech manufacturing and reinvigorating the state’s economy – while establishing New York State as a business destination for industry innovators looking to access one of the world’s largest markets. New York State is committed to a cleaner, greener energy future—leading the U.S. in wind- and clean-technology patents, renewable energy resources, the development of new energy storage products and systems, and biofuel manufacturing and production. To meet a goal of 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040, the state is targeting offshore wind, increased energy storage and greater energy efficiency.


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Clean energy can power New York while protecting the environment. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills.

NYSERDA works with stakeholders throughout New York including residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, university researchers, utility representatives, investors, and entrepreneurs. NYSERDA partners with them to develop, invest, and

Lithoz America, LLC

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Lithoz is the market and technology leader in 3D printers and materials for manufacturing high-performance ceramics. Parts produced with Lithoz CeraFab printers meet the highest industry requirements for density, strength, and precision needed in medical, aerospace, energy, chemical, and electronics applications. Along with the popular CeraFab S65 system, the Lithoz family includes an entry-level Lab printer, as well as specialty systems for ultra-fine resolution or multi-material printing. Lithoz offers a wide variety of ceramic materials including alumina, zirconia, and silicon nitride, and the Lithoz open material platform allows customers to develop and print their own resin/powder slurries.




As the Vice President for Large-Scale Renewables, Georges leads NYSERDA’s work in advancing both land-based renewable energy and offshore wind resources. Prior to joining NYSERDA in September 2021, he spent nearly ten years at General Electric (GE)
Georges Sassine
VP, Large Scale Renewables (NYSERDA)
Dr. Jian Sun joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering.
Jian Sun
Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES)


Before starting his “second career” in academia, Brian enjoyed a successful career in sales management, product management, marketing, and strategic planning. His career included positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, Crane & Company, and Taconic Biosciences.
Brian Apkarian
Director of Business Development (CFES)
Chulsung Bae is a Ford Foundation Professor at the Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Biology RPI. Bae's research group focuses on the development of functional polymeric materials that might find applications in the areas of clean energy and environmental technologies.
Chulsung Bae
Ford Foundation Professor - RPI
Everton's focus is helping the manufacturing community, general industry, start-ups, local colleges, and universities to advance innovation and technology. More...
Dr. Everton H. Henriques, MA, HON
Director of Manufacturing and Technology Initiatives, FuzeHub
Michael has more than 17 years of experience ranging from engineering and product development, manufacturing, business development and operations. Prior to joining CEG in 2013, he was director of an incubator program, an entrepreneur, and was a senior engineer at Boeing.
Michael Lobsinger
SVP and Center Director for CEG
David Whipple is the Director of Industry Development for renewable energy at Empire State Development, the State level job creating agency. He works with partners to help renewable energy businesses establish manufacturing operations in NY.
David Whipple
Director of Industry Development - ESD
Peter is skilled in Residential & C&I Solar Energy, Environmental Awareness, Public Speaking, International Education, Organic Farming, Offshore Wind Supply Chain Management, Circular Economy and Climate Change Science. He has a Masters of Science focused in Science for Sustainable Development from Linköping University.
Peter Lion
Senior Advisor - Offshore WInd - NYSERDA
Jude Auman
Project Development - LJUNGSTRÖM
Christopher is responsible for managing multiple product lines across various industries to effectively deploy roadmaps and the overall vision for hydrogen infrastructure. 
Christopher D. Johnson
Product Manager - Plug Power
Cullen Brown is a Key Account Manager in the Customer Business Development group at (NYPA), helping manage NYPA’s economic development programs, as well as working with municipalities and SUNY campuses to achieve their CLCPA goals.
Cullen O. Brown
Associate Key Account Manager - NYPA


  • 7:30 AM
    Doors Open/Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30AM – 8:45AM
    Formal Program Begins

    Master of Ceremonies – Everton H. Henriques

    Co-Host Addresses – Michael Lobsinger (CEG), Brian Apkarian (CFES)

  • 8:45AM – 9:00AM
    Sponsor Presentations

    Alanna Russo, Head of Strategic Engagement – Community Offshore Wind

    Cullen Brown, Key Account Manager – NY Power Authority

    Jeff Arsenault, Product Sales Manager – NEFF Automation


  • 9:00AM – 9:30AM
    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Jian Sun, Director (CFES)

    Christopher D. Johnson, Product Manager, Plug Power

    Georges Sassine, VP of Large Scale Renewables (NYSERDA)

  • 9:30AM – 10:30AM
    Panel Discussion

    Moderator: Peter Lion

    Georges Sassine, Jian Sun, Chulsung Bae, David Whipple, Christopher Johnson, Jude Auman

  • 10:30AM – 12:30PM
    Exhibitor/Attendee Interactions & Networking
  • 12:30PM
    Event Ends




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