Clean Energy

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…


Expansion (maybe) for Stony Brook’s AERTC

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s an overload at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. With demand edging supply and its incubators overflowing, Stony Brook University’s hub of academia, research and commercial energy production is looking to expand. The AERTC’s incubator programs now host eight tenants with next-level energy-efficiency aspirations – and they’d like to welcome more, according to AERTC Chairman Robert Catell, who this week teased the possibility of future constructon. “The good news…


SmartGAME: Empowerment meets smart power

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Heartbreak to Heroism file come Joan Bucchino and Amazing Grace, the angelic inspiration behind two distinct empowerment efforts. Bucchino, who lost her 13-year-old daughter to the rare metabolic disorder Sanfilippo syndrome in 2014, is the creator of SmartGAME, a series of six-week pay-it-forward challenges designed to empower youngsters while promoting kind and healthy habits – useful for any youngster, but especially for kids with developmental delays who may need…


In Southeast Asia, Brimes Energy feels the love

By GREGORY ZELLER // They love Brimes Energy in the Philippines. With the sovereign nation’s Energy Regulatory Commission promising R&D “incentives,” the circa-2014 Hauppauge-based startup is about to commence the biggest test yet of its “artificial jellyfish” wave-energy device – and First Gen, one of the Philippines’ largest independent utilities, is covering half of the $1 million cost. That’s according to founder, CEO and native Filipino Ramuel Maramara, who met recently with members of the…


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 –…


Andrew Cuomo

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…