Paul Schwartz

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…


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…


Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a diverse selection of…


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…


Hofstra mechatronics lift SBU startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that worked just like they drew it up. Inside three short months, ThermoLift’s strategic research partnership with Hofstra University’s Center for Innovation has engineered advanced mechatronic controls for the Stony Brook-based startup’s cutting-edge heat pump technology. Attacking a design problem with a mechatronics solution – combining mechanical, electronic, computerized and control systems – helps his company take a big step toward a critical testing phase, according to ThermoLift CEO Paul…


China patent, new tech heat ThermoLift’s summer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Technological advances and a first-ever international patent have made for a hot summer at ThermoLift, which is closing in rapidly on critical field tests for its natural gas-driven heat pump and air-conditioning unit. In July, the Stony Brook startup was granted its first overseas patent by China, which awarded the distinction to the customized electronic-control system of ThermoLift’s core heat-pump technology. The company is still awaiting a domestic utility patent –…


A summer of endless incubation at CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Summer slowdown? Not at the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, where a full slate of new clients and educational networking programs is giving a traditionally sagging season some sizzle. While closed schools and holiday vacations historically decelerate summertime business activity across many sectors, CEBIP Executive Director David Hamilton hasn’t had a chance to put up his feet. Fresh off of coordinating two professional networkers for the edification of program participants, Hamilton…


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…


ThermoLift inks GTI collaboration deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook-based startup ThermoLift has a powerful new ally as it prepares second-phase testing of its revolutionary heating/cooling pump for the rigors of proof-of-concept testing. In its quest to commercialize an affordable, natural gas-powered water- and air- unit that makes green energy universally available, ThermoLift has partnered with the Gas Technology Institute, a Chicago-based R&D and training organization serving the U.S. natural gas industry. Engineers from GTI, which quietly entered into…


ThermoLift lands $2.75M from Topspin, Angels

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook energy firm ThermoLift has gotten a big VC lift. The company, a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, announced today that it has closed on a $2.75 million VC round that includes funding from the Topspin Fund, the venture fund of Topspin Partners, and the Long Island Angel Network. The funding will allow ThermoLift – which is looking to redefine the energy…


At clean-gen startup ThermoLift, the heat is on

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a new roster of heavy-hitting contributors, an advanced prototype being readied for field tests and significant fundraising in the bank – plus another major investment pending – the folks at clean-gen startup ThermoLift are fired up. The company, a resident of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, is certainly thinking big. With its natural gas-powered heat and cooling pump, three-year-old ThermoLift aims to redefine the energy world, making…