September 15, 2008

Idaho-Based Premier Technology, CAES Form Research Partnership — Community Focus

By Robinson, April

A Blackfoot-based industrial manufacturer, Premier Technology, has announced its partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and donated $60,000 in equipment for CAES's new 55- square-foot facility.

Premier Technology president Douglas Sayer said, "The Center also helps Idaho become a major economic driver in the energy industry."

The partnership reinforces Idaho's commitment to revitalizing energy and science education in the United States and helps address the shortage of college students entering the field of energy research, such as nuclear, he said.

Premier Technology and CAES, a partnership established in 2005 which is comprised of Idaho State University, Boise State University, University of Idaho, private industry and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), made the announcement after CAES staff completed a tour of Premier's main facility in Blackfoot.

Premier and CAES have agreed to work collaboratively to advance the technology-based workforce and economic development in Idaho.

CAES's new $17 million research facility, which is located in Idaho Falls, will allow the company to promote a broad spectrum of energy research that includes fossil, renewable and alternative energy sources. Premier Technology staff will work directly with CAES-affiliated faculty, researchers and students drawn from CAES member institutions to provide design, engineering and fabrication resources, according to Sayer.

The new partnership will enhance the effectiveness of both organizations by developing Idaho college students and energy researchers into scientists, engineers and energy professionals trained in using the latest technology to expand knowledge and create solutions to current and future energy challenges.

CAES director Harold Blackman, expressed his enthusiasm stating, "This partnership will help advance the pace at which the center can transform research into action. We expect Premier's technical staff to work exceedingly well with the Center, the INL and its partner universities."

Credit: April Robinson

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