Energy

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…

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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…


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…


Proposed plant applauds renewable/fossil study

As renewable programs struggle to set a new national energy tone, the Long Island-based subsidiary of a major independent power producer is lauding a new international study calling for greater collaborations between renewable sources and “fast-reacting fossil-fueled generation.” The idea, according to a white paper recently released by the Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research, is that “intermittent and non-dispatchable renewable energy resources” like solar and wind aren’t reliable enough to meet growing energy demands…