AERTC

In the power-conversion business, it’s who you know

By GREGORY ZELLER // A six-year-old power play and its three-year-old sister startup are providing something truly unique on Long Island – a two-headed engineering enterprise with the ability to empower the powerless. That could have many interpretations, but it takes a fairly literal spin at Unique Technical Services, a 2012 launch and member of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, and Smithtown-based Unique Electric Solutions, that slightly younger sibling. With a…


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…


No. 292: CEBIP cleans up, Biscotti makes a move and Albany’s new Life Sciences panel comes up short on Long Island

You made it: The week and the winter did their best, dear readers, but you’ve prevailed – welcome to March 23, and a clearly shoveled path to a well-earned weekend. This week’s spring blizzard was frustrating and all, but still nothing like the Great Blizzard of 1888, another March madness that blew in on 80 mph winds, dumped nearly five feet of snow on Saratoga Springs, crippled the Boston-NYC corridor for three days and buried…


Matching state grants boost regional SBIR innovators

A Stony Brook University-based small-biz booster program is doubling down on federal Small Business Innovation Research award winners. Through a $1.2 million Empire State Development Corp. incentives package administered by the university’s Small Business Development Center and the Research Foundation for SUNY, SBU has released the first set of matching grant funds to SBIR awardees in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Four regional companies benefited from a total of $50,000 released this round, including Farmingdale-based vaccination…


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…


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…


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…


Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of…


Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science…


Winter slows, can’t stop EC/Jasmine expansion

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even winter’s worst could only delay this energy-efficiency milestone. Weeks after a snowy forecast cut short a planned ribbon-cutting ceremony, energy-efficiency upstart Jasmine Universe and its big sister, longtime international e-commerce services provider EC Infosystems, will once again roll out a red carpet to mark the opening of EC Infosystems’ new Uniondale headquarters – a 20,000-square-foot space “custom designed for the two companies,” according to Jasmine Universe Associate Director Vikram Dhar….


The winds of war swirl around off-shore turbines

By GREGORY ZELLER // As a concept, ocean-based wind-energy harvesting is gaining momentum on Long Island – but don’t expect completely smooth sailing for the increasingly popular alternative-generation movement. Although wind farms are rising around the globe and contributing ever-larger percentages of the electricity flowing through international energy grids, the “green” projects often face stiff opposition –  ironically, from environmentalists, and often from commercial fishermen who say the ocean-based platforms disrupt natural breeding grounds and threaten their livelihoods. Long Island anglers,…


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…


Here’s to the winners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hundreds of Long Island’s top business and science minds gathered Tuesday for the 2017 Innovator of the Year Awards. Including Master of Innovation Robert Catell, the former KeySpan and National Grid USA chairman, some 36 top innovators were honored by Innovate Long Island at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. “Our honorees include first-time entrepreneurs, inveterate tinkerers and some who have made invention and innovation their careers,” said master of ceremonies…


Patents, possibilities piling up at Energystics

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t call Reed Phillips a patent collector. Yes, he and his Stony Brook-based startup Energystics Ltd. – specifically, its trademarked Vibristor technology – are earning U.S. patents at an impressive clip: six to date, including an October nod from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering the distinctive oscillating motions of magnets inside a proprietary wave-energy harvesting device. And yeah, the entrepreneurial inventor is expecting two more pending patents to be…


The Debrief: Bob Catell’s newest application

Robert Catell has taken a board seat at Stony Brook-based anti-counterfeiting biotech Applied DNA Sciences, the latest addition to a résumé overflowing with executive accolades. A former chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the current chair of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center boasts decades of energy-related experience on all levels – knowledge that could prove key as Applied DNA eyes a lucrative new vertical….