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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Poll: More than half of Metro New Yorkers won’t accept…


No. 540: LI’s best chances, the ‘Garbo of the Skies’ and ‘leaderism,’ explained

  Well played: Congratulations, dear readers – you’ve cleared hurdles, scored points and otherwise moved the socioeconomic ball, thereby earning yourself another lovely autumn weekend. Food and beverage service: It’s Friday, Oct. 16 – the U.N.’s World Food Day, which is all over the map this year, in response to numerous food-insecurity crises caused by the pandemic. Also celebrated Oct. 16, though perhaps not with the same altruistic resolve, is National Liqueur Day. Please sip…


Geronimo! National Grid doubles down on renewables

By GREGORY ZELLER // The multinational utility behind several Long Island-based clean-gen efforts has made a big move in Minnesota – and doubled down on its North American renewables program. In fact, National Grid is adding “renewables” directly to the masthead: The London-based mothership, which runs its North America operations from a Massachusetts headquarters, has completed its $100 million acquisition of Minneapolis-based sustainability expert Geronimo Energy and rebranded it National Grid Renewables, new centerpiece of…


No. 505: In which National Grid gifts, interns rise and SBU psychologists dig deep

  That’s a wrap: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as our abbreviated WFH workweek comes to an end and a muggy, late-spring weekend begins, with Long Island now enjoying its Phase 1 reopening. No, the pub isn’t open. Yes, you should still wear a mask. One Morgo: Before we dive in, a cap-tip for old friend Jim Morgo, the former Suffolk County economic-development guru who reached out following Tuesday’s newsletter, which noted that Molloy College…


No. 487: A new academic president, an old telephonic precedent, and innovation saves the world, once again

  Breathe easy: Another workweek under COVID-19’s cruel lash comes to an indistinct end, dear readers, as Friday arrives and another homebound weekend begins. Yes, the kids are going cave-happy and the only thing that seems to change day-to-day is the primetime TV lineup, but consider this silver lining: With fewer planes, trains and automobiles buzzing about, air quality is rapidly improving around the world. Front-row seat: It’s March 27 out there, which is of…


No. 454: Making Whoopi, seating Parks and (kinda) quoting Franklin – plus, the winds of cyberwar blow

  Half full: You’ve made it this far, dear reader – it’s Wednesday, Nov. 13, and you’re already halfway through this busy workweek. Well done! Tell everyone how you did it – it’s National Start a Rumor Day. You don’t Sadie: Empowering to some, infuriating to others, life imitates art this and every Nov. 13 – Sadie Hawkins Day, as first celebrated in the satirical “Li’l Abner” comic strips of the 1930s. Here’s one we…


Ominous winds blow, but offshore efforts hold steady

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Trump is tapping the breaks on offshore-wind development, but the burgeoning billion-dollar industry is still poised to reset environmental and economic barometers. That’s the word from world-class energy guru Robert Catell, chairman of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, who’s staying calm in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration is delaying permits for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, until such time that the administration…


No. 430: Growing up fast, helping Northwell’s ‘dependents’ and plugging Innovation Park

  In country: You’ve done it again, intrepid innovator – another workweek in the books, another weekend on tap. It’s Aug. 16 on Long Island and around the world – and soon to be Friday Night in Dixie, as noted by Rhett Atkins. The hills are alive: To our readers in Kyoto, a blessed Gozan no Okuribi, the traditional Aug. 16 “send-off fire” concluding Japan’s annual Obon festival and ushering visiting spirits back to the…


Giving the LI innovation economy plenty of STEAM

By ROSALIE DRAGO // Employers in technical trades lament the loss of “shop” class and its hands-on maker skills. Business owners complain that candidates possess minimal work experience. But there is tremendous work-readiness power in STEAM – enough to fuel a 21st century workforce. Beginning in elementary school, education institutions are using STEAM (for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to contextualize core classroom subjects in a way that aligns with skills required by the…


Ambitious agenda, new partnership gas up the IGIT

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new cross-continental collaboration is just one of the innovative energy efforts revving things up inside the Institute for Gas Innovation and Technology. Stony Brook University’s 15-month-old IGIT is firing on all cylinders on its mission to address current and future power needs through increasingly low-carbon means – including a new memorandum of understanding inked this month with the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy, seen as a major play toward…


Debrief: Catell, consortium set to blow the doors off

  Robert Catell isn’t so much “busy” as “hyperactive.” Decades after serving as chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the iconic innovator (last Debriefed by Innovate LI in 2016) remains integrally involved in multiple energy-efficiency efforts. As chairman of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Catell is all in on sustainability, a focus reinforced by his leadership of the National Offshore Wind…


Coalition challenges Albany’s pipe ban, lauds NESE

By GREGORY ZELLER // Citing a “looming threat” to the Long Island economy – including potential delays for the vaunted Nassau Hub, Ronkonkoma Hub and Belmont Park reconstruction projects – regional power players are demanding action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An impressive coalition – representing the Association for a Better Long Island, the Long Island Builders Institute, the New York State Laborers’ Union and SEIU 1199 (United Healthcare Workers East),…


Diverse opinions fuel C3E Women in Energy event

By ROSALIE DRAGO // In any industry, “diversity” means intentionally incorporating views and perspectives different from our own – an essential practice for both personal and professional innovation and advancement. We all know it’s easier and faster to move something forward with someone who agrees with us. It doesn’t mean you get the best outcome, though. It can be uncomfortable, to have your voice heard and to listen to that “other” voice, and difficult to…


At offshore consortium, $7M is blowing in the wind

By GREGORY ZELLER // A syndicate of offshore-wind leaders from around the region, the nation and the world is looking to energize the path to sustainability with a hefty funding drive. The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium this week announced the availability of up to $7 million in research-and-development funding, part of its “first comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind-technology projects.” The seven-figure stipend marks “an important step in advancing the long-term strategy for…


No. 375: Co-working, crowdfunding and a ton of patents … plus the origin of the pink lawn flamingo!

  End run: Welcome to the finish line of another bust workweek, dear reader – it’s Friday, the weekend is upon us and you’ve seen the job through, once again. Well done. It’s Jan. 25 out there, and if you had the Abbasid rebels overthrowing the Umayyad Caliphate in the Battle of the Zab 1,269 years ago today, good for you. Collect 200 silver dirhams at the window. That Burns: Tonight marks Burns Night in…