Clean Energy

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…


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…