Clean Energy

Forty acres already approved, MISF wants to talk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Officials at the Middle Island Solar Farm want to set the record straight on a few things, and their patience is wearing a little thin. Exactly two weeks after the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board approved a scaled-down phasing plan for the creation of a large solar farm on Moriches-Middle Island Road, company officials are calling on the town to forge ahead. On Tuesday, MISF issued a statement “urging the Town…

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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…


SmartGAME: Empowerment meets smart power

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Heartbreak to Heroism file come Joan Bucchino and Amazing Grace, the angelic inspiration behind two distinct empowerment efforts. Bucchino, who lost her 13-year-old daughter to the rare metabolic disorder Sanfilippo syndrome in 2014, is the creator of SmartGAME, a series of six-week pay-it-forward challenges designed to empower youngsters while promoting kind and healthy habits – useful for any youngster, but especially for kids with developmental delays who may need…


In Southeast Asia, Brimes Energy feels the love

By GREGORY ZELLER // They love Brimes Energy in the Philippines. With the sovereign nation’s Energy Regulatory Commission promising R&D “incentives,” the circa-2014 Hauppauge-based startup is about to commence the biggest test yet of its “artificial jellyfish” wave-energy device – and First Gen, one of the Philippines’ largest independent utilities, is covering half of the $1 million cost. That’s according to founder, CEO and native Filipino Ramuel Maramara, who met recently with members of the…


Activists to ‘mobilize’ if Trump attacks environment

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought the campaign was a battle, just wait until the presidency – and that’s just on the environmental front. With the world coming to grips with the stunning results of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, at least one New York-based environmental watchdog is already preparing for a showdown with President-Elect Donald Trump. New York City-based Environment New York – a citizen-powered environmental advocacy organization and the public face of the Environment…


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…


AERTC firm nabs superconductivity stipend

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Department of Energy grant will help a Stony Brook-based advanced-energy firm develop high-temperature superconductor technology that could alter the future of global power grids. The DOE’s Small Business Innovative Research program has issued a $1.15 million grant to Brookhaven Technology Group, a circa-1998 physical sciences innovator known for trendsetting work in nuclear reactor design, hyperspectral imaging, ion-source technology and other cutting-edge energy disciplines. Next up for the resident of Stony…