Clean Energy

Digital maps show Island is a clean-energy leader

A national nonpartisan business group has flipped the switch on an interactive “mapping resource” that tracks the spread of clean-energy technologies across New York State. Environmental Entrepreneurs, a Washington-based consortium of business leaders and investors advocating for sound ecological and economic policies, has launched Mapping Clean Energy: New York, a series of digital maps showing the breadth and depth of the Empire State’s “thriving clean energy industry,” according to the organization. The maps are a…

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Activists to ‘mobilize’ if Trump attacks environment

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought the campaign was a battle, just wait until the presidency – and that’s just on the environmental front. With the world coming to grips with the stunning results of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, at least one New York-based environmental watchdog is already preparing for a showdown with President-Elect Donald Trump. New York City-based Environment New York – a citizen-powered environmental advocacy organization and the public face of the Environment…


Spotlight on ThermoLift’s Gen-2 Prototype

By GREGORY ZELLER // ThermoLift’s second-generation TC-Cycle has made a whirlwind multistate debut. Representatives of two U.S. Department of Energy laboratories traveled to Michigan in October to check out the latest ThermoLift prototype, which then took a bow at the inaugural Innovation Showcase hosted by the Colorado-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, is developing…


AERTC firm nabs superconductivity stipend

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Department of Energy grant will help a Stony Brook-based advanced-energy firm develop high-temperature superconductor technology that could alter the future of global power grids. The DOE’s Small Business Innovative Research program has issued a $1.15 million grant to Brookhaven Technology Group, a circa-1998 physical sciences innovator known for trendsetting work in nuclear reactor design, hyperspectral imaging, ion-source technology and other cutting-edge energy disciplines. Next up for the resident of Stony…


Albany electrifies municipal ZEV efforts

 By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany is opening its pocketbook to municipalities building new electric-vehicle infrastructure. The governor’s office announced this week that $3 million in funding is available for New York cities, towns, villages and counties leasing or purchasing battery-electric, hydrogen-powered and other zero-emission vehicles. Financial help is also available for municipalities installing new zero-emission infrastructure, such as electric charging stations. Funding will come in the form of rebates provided through the $300 million New…


Summer, and the water’s fine for Brimes Energy

By GREGORY ZELLER // A second summer of domestic ocean testing is yielding promising results for Brimes Energy’s “artificial jellyfish” – with a major ocean test off the Philippines about to commence. Before founder, CEO and native Filipino Ramuel Maramara can take his wave-energy-powered electric generator to his home country, however, several overseas partners – including the University of the Philippines and major in-country utility First Gen – must sign off on the testing plan,…


China patent, new tech heat ThermoLift’s summer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Technological advances and a first-ever international patent have made for a hot summer at ThermoLift, which is closing in rapidly on critical field tests for its natural gas-driven heat pump and air-conditioning unit. In July, the Stony Brook startup was granted its first overseas patent by China, which awarded the distinction to the customized electronic-control system of ThermoLift’s core heat-pump technology. The company is still awaiting a domestic utility patent –…