clean energy

State pumps $15M into SUNY’s clean-energy programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The state university system’s clean-energy workforce-development efforts have received an eight-digit shot in the arm. A $15 million state investment will bolster SUNY’s clean-energy workforce and training programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with $6 million heading to specific campus-based efforts – including several on Long Island – and an additional $9 million earmarked for colleges and universities planning apprenticeships and internships with industry partners. The funding is part of…


Record $42.5M bid wins LI wind-farm lease

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. subsidiary of a Norwegian energy company has placed a record $42 million bid to win the lease rights to build a wind farm 11 miles off Long Island. Texas-based Statoil Wind US LLC, a subsidiary of Norwegian mega-utility Statoil, topped five other bidders – including the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – in a 33-round U.S. Department of the Interior auction that kicked off Thursday. The…


East Hampton wins microgrid funding

State microgrid program ups the ante

Another $8 million is up for grabs in Phase II of the NY Prize microgrid competition, officially kicked off Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Following 2015’s $8.3 million Phase I, which offered relatively small $100,000 awards to help 83 winning statewide communities conduct feasibility studies on their indigenous microgrid proposals, Phase II will select eight projects with the best engineering and business plans – with awards up to $1 million each to help bring those…


Many hands on deck for ThermoLift 2.0

By GREGORY ZELLER // As you might imagine, ThermoLift’s natural gas-driven heat pump and air conditioning unit, a directed-energy device based on Vuilleumier Cycle thermodynamics, has many parts. Much like the innovation economy. For either to function, disparate parts – displacers and pumps and heat exchangers, researchers, engineers and angel investors – must work together. ThermoLift’s device, which aims to cut overall energy costs in half for average customers, is all about synergy. That’s true both…


ThermoLift added to WF Innovation Incubator

Stony Brook clean-energy startup ThermoLift has been added to Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator, a five-year, $10 million program designed to help accelerate next-gen environmental technologies. ThermoLift will receive up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind technical consultation to help speed clean technologies for commercial buildings to marrket. Launched in 2014, the Innovation Incubator — or IN2 — is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. ThermoLift, a…


State awards $175M in clean-gen projects

Albany awarded $175 million on Wednesday for five large-scale clean energy projects that are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while decreasing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sorry, none are on Long Island. Once operational, the projects will add about 116 megawatts of new renewable capacity, or enough energy to supply over 54,000 average-sized homes per year. Thee projects, ordered by size, are: Ball Hill Wind Farm, Western New York: RES America Developments will build a 100 MW wind…


Solving the power puzzle, by land, sea and air

By GREGORY ZELLER // Wind energy won’t save the world. Neither will wave energy or other forms of hydroelectric generation. So says Daniel Farb, founder of Leviathan Energy, a startup that focuses, naturally, on wind, wave and hydroelectric generation. Individually, none of these alternative-energy mainstays can solve humanity’s power puzzle – but together, according to the CEO, they can form a supplementary backbone that redefines how humans turn on the lights. Farb – part inventor, part…


A fresh take on getting energy from the sea

By GREGORY ZELLER // On its way to providing cheap, clean electricity for all mankind, Stony Brook startup Brimes Energy is making a quick detour to address another human inconvenience: Earth’s limited freshwater supply. Under the guiding hand of international industrialist Ramuel Maramara, Brimes Energy is working to reinvent the way oceanic energy is harvested, using gyroscopes inside an “artificial jellyfish” to capture the power inherent in undulating waves and crank out electricity. Turns out…


A royal nod to renewable energy

Queen Elizabeth has filed for a permit to equip her Balmoral estate in Scotland’s Aberdeenshire with solar panels. The house, built by Queen Victoria for her faithful — some say very faithful — servant John Brown, would be equipped with panels that would generate 1.8 kilowatts per hour on sunny days, which actually don’t come often in Aberdeenshire. The sunniest month is June, which traditionally has 15 days of rain. In winter, days with one…


It’s Memorial Day, time for a new heating plant

The heat is off at Adelphi University. But that’s OK, it’s summer. By the time the cold weather rolls around again next fall, the heat will be on again – and the university will be saving more than $1.6 million annually in energy costs, while drastically reducing its carbon footprint. After a multiyear search for the right project, at the right price, to replace its aging and inefficient boiler system, the Garden City university has…


East Hampton wins microgrid funding

East Hampton microgrid plan wins state funding

An East Hampton solar power and energy storage proposal was selected as one of five projects to share $500,000 in initial funding from the state’s community microgrid program, which is designed to create energy backup for local community networks during extreme weather events or emergencies. The NY Prize Microgrid Competition’s first five awards, $100,000 each, will fund feasibility studies at each location. Applications for the second- and third-stage funding, which first stage winners are eligible to…


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….


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…