Clean Energy

Ram Maramara of Brimes Energy

Looking to make a splash

Industrialist Ramuel Maramara may have reinvented the way oceanic energy is harvested. If his artificial jellyfish proves seaworthy. That’s the next big test for Maramara and Brimes Energy, the Stony Brook-based startup he incorporated in 2014. Already a successful businessman on two continents – well, one continent and an archipelago – the Filipino native and his team are planning ocean testing this summer for a “jellyfish” device that improves upon Salter’s Duck, the longstanding top…

state support for solar

State unveils solar bulk-buying program

Three community-based solar-power campaigns in Suffolk County are eligible for bulk-purchase discounts through Community Solar NY, a new state initiative announced Monday. Solarize Brookhaven and two campaigns under the Solarize South Fork banner – encompassing participants in the Town of Southampton, the Village of Southampton, the Village of Sag Harbor, the Town of East Hampton and the Village of Sag Harbor – are among the 26 community campaigns across the state included in the announcement….

CEBIP's David Hamilton

State’s $160M renewables program sidesteps LI

BY GREGORY ZELLER New York State’s new $160 million clean-energy initiative is an environmental and economic-development boon of the highest order. But not for Long Island. In fact, the funding program announced April 7 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo – designed specifically to grow large-scale clean-energy projects – could deliver a staggering blow to the Island’s innovation economy by luring clean-gen projects elsewhere. The program is funded by the New York State Energy Research and…

BNL Battery research

SBU, Brookhaven Lab scientists charging towards the future

BY GREGORY ZELLER Good news for the future of Long Island’s innovation economy: Batteries are included. Supercharged by a $10 million research grant and wielding next-level tools that provide unprecedented glimpses into the innards of energy storage, scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are collaborating on high-tech, high-stakes efforts to redefine batteries as we know them. They’re not alone. Researchers from across Long Island and around the globe are involved, as is…

DEBRIEF: Lee Cheatham, BNL’s prince of partnering

Go east, young man: While the bulk of his education and the entirety of his professional career have occurred in western locales, Lee Cheatham’s path has led him finally to Long Island. The director of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new Strategic Partnerships Office packs a world-class education (B.S. from Oregon State, M.S. from Washington State, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon, all in electrical engineering) and abundant professional experience. Included: VP of product engineering for Ameritech Library Services,…

Fuel bill clears Assembly committee

An Assembly bill voted out of committee last week would require all heating oil sold in New York State contain at least 2 percent biodiesel — that’s fuel derived from renewable agricultural products — by 2016. Long Island Assemblyman Steven Englebright, chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, said the bill would help improve air quality by cutting carbon dioxide and toxins emitted during the burning of traditional heating oil. Biofuel has been used in heating…