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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…


CEBIP battery barons inch toward 76West title

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest. StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of the state’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones. The competition…


Infrastructure, Big Data: It’s all in a day for busy Bill

By GREGORY ZELLER // These are busy days for William Biamonte, a forward-thinking entrepreneur with multiple oars in promising waters. Bustling Bill heads not one but two startups with breakout potential, each looking to capitalize on an industry that figures prominently on national levels. First there’s Green SulfCrete LLC, which is leveraging decades of Brookhaven National Laboratory research and multiple small-scale grants in its quest to remake the construction trades with sulfur polymer, a next-level…


Northeast clean-tech accelerator primes for 2017

From the It Takes a Nation file comes the Cleantech Open Northeast, an annual Boston-based business-accelerator program with a major-league reputation for assisting “clean technology” startups – including clean-tech startups from Long Island. “Clean technology” largely refers to manufacturing processes, but technically references any process, product or service that promotes energy efficiency and otherwise reduces environmental footprints. Cleantech Open’s unique innovation ecosystem, built over a dozen years of programming, spans key cleantech innovation hubs around…


Island winds blowing in Deepwater’s direction

By GREGORY ZELLER // Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for wind-energy harvesting in Long Island waters has earned rave reviews from environmental activists. A who’s-who of regional rainmakers from the energy and ecology sectors are cheering Cuomo’s call for the Long Island Power Authority to approve what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, proposed for the Atlantic Ocean about 30 miles southeast of Montauk. The governor implored the LIPA Board of Trustees in a…


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…


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…


CEBIP sees a possible future in NYSERDA fund

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $10 million investment will support early-stage clean-energy companies plugged into New York’s disparate business-incubator ecosystem – and one Long Island business program is especially glad to hear it. State-sponsored incubators, including partially funded hubs around several Long Island universities, connect startups with investors, encourage partnerships and otherwise guide entrepreneurs toward business growth – and $10 million will help some of them help startups learn to help themselves, thereby helping…


New York’s offshore dreams now have a blueprint

Albany has released a strategic plan to advance the development of offshore wind resources along New York’s coastline, including a giant wind farm 12 miles off Long Island’s shores. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced publication of the New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint, a 24-page (including acknowledgements and indexes) framework for the responsible generation and transmission of coastal wind-generated electricity. The blueprint was created by the New York State Research and Development Authority with…


LIPA trustees postpone wind-farm vote

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Power Authority has delayed a vote on a proposed turbine farm that would set a new high-water mark for U.S. offshore wind-energy projects. LIPA trustees were expected to approve Wednesday the utility’s plans for a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm and to award the project to offshore developer Deepwater Wind, which is planning to flip the switch on a 30-megawatt, five-turbine farm off the coast of Rhode Island later this year….


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…


In renewables, no Island should be an island

By GREGORY ZELLER // A report this week detailing state incentives and private investments funneled into structural energy-efficiency projects shows Long Island trailing well behind the rest of New York – but the numbers, insiders say, are deceiving. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced that 112,000 residential and commercial energy-efficiency projects have commenced or been completed since 2012 under the auspices of various Albany-sanctioned clean-energy programs. Combined, the statewide efforts cover 90,000 individual homes and 22,000…


A greenlight for Cuomo’s green energy fund

With its sights set on global warming and superstorm threats, the New York Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $5 billion Clean Energy Fund. The fund, to be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority over the next decade, is meant to “accelerate the growth of New York’s clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for…