Clean Energy

With 20 MWs (and counting), ‘Solarize’ initiative shines

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York State program created to fund statewide solar-power initiatives is pumping out dollars and helping to pump up the Empire State’s supply of renewable megawatts. An update issued Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office shows the NY-Sun Solarize Initiative, launched in 2014 and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has supported 81 different statewide campaigns through its first three rounds of funding – backing…


Cuomo doubles down by speeding up emissions effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is hitting the gas on his ambitious environmental agenda. The governor on Friday announced a dramatic acceleration of his energy-efficiency plans for New York State, including a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant greenhouse gas-emission reductions over the next seven years. Targeting annual efficiencies equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 2 million homes, Cuomo’s revamped plan includes $36.5 million in new state investments that, according…


NYSERDA, Israeli innovators ink clean-energy pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new collaboration between New York State’s advanced-energy gurus and Israel’s top innovation agency will look to speed clean-energy breakthroughs to global markets. Speaking Tuesday at Advanced Energy Conference 2018 in New York City, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul announced a new Memorandum of Understanding between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Israel Innovation Authority. The partnership will “accelerate the pace of innovation in the global (clean-energy)…


AEC focuses global attention on next-gen generation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The future is imminent for AEC 2018, the Advanced Energy Conference that will unite global energy leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs in New York City on a quest for cleaner and smarter energy solutions. Presented by Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a critical mass of major-league sponsors – leading corporations, regional utilities, top research institutions and more – the 10th annual AEC has adopted “The Future of…


SBU, National Grid throwing gas at the AERTC

By GREGORY ZELLER // Clean, affordable energy solutions are on tap at the “country’s most comprehensive” natural gas-focused research institute. That’s Stony Brook University’s assessment of the Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology, which the university and National Grid officially introduced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The consortium of academic and industry leaders comprising the I-GIT will rise to meet the nation’s diverse and growing energy challenges, according to SBU, which hosted SUNY Chancellor…


NY unveils nation’s first Offshore Wind Master Plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // With lofty short- and long-term energy goals – and a thumb directly in President Donald Trump’s eye – New York State has released the nation’s first master plan for the development of offshore windfarms. The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan will guide “the responsible and cost-effective development” of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. That’s enough clean, renewable energy to light…


Forty acres already approved, MISF wants to talk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Officials at the Middle Island Solar Farm want to set the record straight on a few things, and their patience is wearing a little thin. Exactly two weeks after the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board approved a scaled-down phasing plan for the creation of a large solar farm on Moriches-Middle Island Road, company officials are calling on the town to forge ahead. On Tuesday, MISF issued a statement “urging the Town…


Brimes: $400K (and 20 KW) from wave-energy history

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Hauppauge energy company riding the waves of a leading-edge clean-gen technology is closer than ever to a critical pilot project in the waters off the Philippines. But with a signed letter of intent from one of the Southeast Asian island country’s largest utility companies to provide up to $600,000 to the cause, Brimes Energy still needs about $400,000 in working capital to proceed with its ambitious plans. That’s the breakdown…


B’haven planners OK smaller Middle Island solar plan

The Town of Brookhaven Planning Board has approved the Middle Island Solar Farm’s phasing plan – at least, a scaled-down version of what company officials still consider “a significant renewable-energy project on Long Island.” The company had originally proposed a nearly mile-long array of 67,000 solar panels for a 100-acre wooded lot – zoned for industrial uses – along Moriches-Middle Island Road, slightly east of Brookhaven-Calabro Airport. That solar farm would be capable of generating…


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…


4 more years for SBU clean-energy incubator

By GREGORY ZELLER // CEBIP is back in business. More accurately, the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program – a jewel of Stony Brook University’s commercialization ecosystem – will continue business uninterrupted, thanks to renewed funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Although NYSERDA has made no official announcement – and authority spokespeople declined to comment this week – Innovate LI has learned that the state has re-upped its financial support of…


It’s green-o vino as Paumanok turns up SunPower

By GREGORY ZELLER // The sun is doing more than nourish grapes at Paumanok Vineyards. The award-winning Aquebogue vineyard is now partially powered by a 51-kilowatt solar-energy system installed by Island Park-based EmPower Solar, Long Island “master dealer” for California-based solar-energy company SunPower Corp. The system, which complies with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Remote Net Metering program, is predicted to save the vineyard more than $8,000 in its first year…


Old friends, new funds have ThermoLift thinking ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // A shining star of Stony Brook University’s commercialization and innovation ecosystems is renewing ties with an old friend – and leveraging some fresh international funding – in its efforts to perfect its energy-efficient environmental-control systems. ThermoLift Inc., headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has inked a second collaborative contract with the Gas Technology Institute, a Chicago-based R&D…


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…


Composite deposit unites ThermoLift, CPC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A pair of modest research grants will help one of the shining examples of Stony Brook University’s innovation ecosystem incorporate cutting-edge materials into its mechanical design, with the assistance of the Composite Prototyping Center. The nonprofit, Plainview-based CPC – a manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, aramid, fiberglass, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – is lending its expertise to ThermoLift Inc., the Stony Brook-based startup developing a revolutionary natural gas-powered…