Clean Energy

Major ASCE honor for Stony Brook engineering dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University researcher working to put tide-powered electricity turbines in New York City’s East River has earned a prestigious award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Fotis Sotiropoulos, who was named dean of SBU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in September 2015, has received the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award from the ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resource Institute. The annual award recognizes an individual who has…

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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 –…


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Gov introduces $16M ‘Clean Communities’ fund

A new state initiative will pour millions into local governments looking to reduce energy consumption and promote community-based clean-energy projects. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the launch of Clean Energy Communities, through which local municipalities can apply for technical assistance – and a slice of $16 million in funding – as they attempt to implement renewable, energy-efficient projects and foster regional sustainable-development initiatives. Funding comes from the Clean Energy Fund, the 10-year, $5.3 billion…


BNL snags key role in $50M battery effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A host of advanced Brookhaven National Laboratory technologies will bolster a $50 million national campaign to create next-generation electric-vehicle batteries. The laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials will play key roles in the Battery500 Consortium, a multidisciplinary science super-squad led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Obama Administration announced last week that the consortium – on a mission to create commercially viable…


LIPA trustees postpone wind-farm vote

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Power Authority has delayed a vote on a proposed turbine farm that would set a new high-water mark for U.S. offshore wind-energy projects. LIPA trustees were expected to approve Wednesday the utility’s plans for a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm and to award the project to offshore developer Deepwater Wind, which is planning to flip the switch on a 30-megawatt, five-turbine farm off the coast of Rhode Island later this year….


A summer of endless incubation at CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Summer slowdown? Not at the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, where a full slate of new clients and educational networking programs is giving a traditionally sagging season some sizzle. While closed schools and holiday vacations historically decelerate summertime business activity across many sectors, CEBIP Executive Director David Hamilton hasn’t had a chance to put up his feet. Fresh off of coordinating two professional networkers for the edification of program participants, Hamilton…