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Cooling team lands $2.5M in DOE help

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have landed a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop ways to radically reduce the amount of water used to cool heating plants. While the ultimate goal is zero net water dissipation into the atmosphere, getting there will also enable next-generation power plants to operate in deserts or other arid conditions. Such technology would also appease environmentalists who have long…


Triglia Technologies is lumbering into the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Its focus – drying wood – isn’t sexy. Its fundraising – while promising – is so far nonexistent. Its patents are pending and its commercialization strategy is the definition of deliberate, what its CEO calls a “realistic pathway into the marketplace.” But for everything it’s not yet, Triglia Technologies is a textbook case of how to win customers and influence investors, and one of Long Island’s best examples of diligence and…


14 LI communities win microgrid funding

Roughly $8.3 million in state awards were doled out today to support innovative “microgrid” projects across New York State – and for once, Long Island was in the thick of things. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 83 New York communities would receive approximately $100,000 each through Stage 1 of the NY Prize microgrid competition, part of Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy that is designed to inspire a new generation of community-based power. Among the…


The Inventors: Elaine Schroeck and the Lawn Buddy

By GREGORY ZELLER // Elaine Schroeck doesn’t mind caring for her lawn. She’s just bothered by having to do it twice. Every. Single. Time. Like most do-it-yourself home gardeners, Schroeck is trapped in a lawn maintenance time warp: She’ll haul out her push lawnmower, mow the grass surrounding her East Islip home, then put the mower away, break out the trimmer and head around the property again, neatening up the edges and corners the mower…


Buffalo biz plan contest attracts thousands

New York’s 43North business plan contest received a record 3,000 qualified entries seeking a shot at big bucks, free incubator space and mentorship. The downside: You have to set up shop in Buffalo. Nonetheless, more than 11,000 entrepreneurs signed up for the second running of the program, a 64 percent jump over 2014. Entrants came from all 50 states, nine of the 10 Canadian provinces and 117 countries. Sectors included software development, web and mobile technology,…


After 300 years of window opening, a way to finally tame steam heat

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a dose of modern engineering, a 300-year-old heating mechanism may prove to be one of the most energy-efficient of the 21st century. Stony Brook-based Bonded Energy Solutions is going back to the future with a high-tech method of controlling steam-heat distribution through single-family homes, apartment buildings and industrial spaces – a potential environmental and economic “game-changer,” according to CEO Jerritt Gluck. While modern structures are built with more efficient, more…


Live from Long Island: A cloud-based cure for Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island hedge fund manager and a team of doctors are tackling the modern health-care provider’s big-data dilemma. Electronic record-keeping, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, voluminous Medicare-reimbursement reporting … there are mountains of virtual paperwork to handle. Throw in one of the most disputed components of the controversial Affordable Care Act – “patient satisfaction” provisions that tie physicians’ Medicare reimbursements to patient surveys – and it’s…


state support for solar

Long Island looks into the eyes of the sun

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is lapping the nation in solar-power growth – but Long Island may be hitting its head on solar’s technological ceiling. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that solar power usage in New York increased by more than 300 percent between 2011 and 2014 – twice the U.S. growth rate, according to a press release from the governor’s office. That makes the Empire State “a leader in clean-energy technology,” noted…


A fresh take on getting energy from the sea

By GREGORY ZELLER // On its way to providing cheap, clean electricity for all mankind, Stony Brook startup Brimes Energy is making a quick detour to address another human inconvenience: Earth’s limited freshwater supply. Under the guiding hand of international industrialist Ramuel Maramara, Brimes Energy is working to reinvent the way oceanic energy is harvested, using gyroscopes inside an “artificial jellyfish” to capture the power inherent in undulating waves and crank out electricity. Turns out…


The inventors: Sharone Piontkowski knows every woman’s arch enemy

By GREGORY ZELLER // If the shoe fits, Sharone and Shlomo Piontkowski may soon deliver a medical breakthrough of fashionable proportions. Sharone, a Port Jefferson native and New York City-based architectural designer, and Shlomo, a retired surgeon who helped pioneer arthroscopy at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, are developing a special insert that could prevent chronic injuries caused by the most unnatural of human footwear: the high-heeled shoe. A final product is a year away at best,…


Berliner takes over Hofstra biz school

It’s a busy summer at Hofstra University, where a history-making provost is settling in and a longtime administrator is going full circle, with a business bent. Gail Simmons, the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Manhattanville College in Purchase, this week accepted the mantle from Herman Berliner, who retired from the Hofstra provost position after 24 years. Simmons, who earned a PhD from the Department of Genetics at UC Davis, was selected…


Protect NY sets move to Farmingdale

By GREGORY ZELLER // The academic and professional think tank Protect New York is moving to Farmingdale State College, relocating from its birthplace inside the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The organization – which launched in 2006 and represents disciplines including criminal justice, psychiatry, sociology, public health, media studies and engineering – will now be hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice in Farmingdale’s School of Arts & Sciences. Protect New York…


Because science makes lousy TV ads, perhaps?

By J.L. KOMINICKI Yay. We’re first at something. Low-paying jobs in the hospitality sector. OK, that’s not quite the message Gov. Andrew Cuomo was putting out ahead of the July 4 weekend, but you don’t have to squint hard to find the ugly truth in his latest press release. What he wanted us to read was that New York posted a record $100 billion in tourism-related economic activity last year and retained its position, ahead…


NYIT gets nod for cybersecurity research

Nassau County has selected NYIT to run a cybersecurity research center in which new technologies would be developed to help safeguard critical national information and data. The center, which will be housed in rent-free space in Port Washington, is expected to receive national status from the NSA and the federal Central Security Service. The launch of the center follows news that IRS, White House and other federal computers were broken into by China-based hackers, exposing…


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Another step back for Long Beach

Renovation of the Long Beach Urgent Care Center – resulting in Long Island’s first off-campus, 24-hour emergency services department – was completed in “record time.” Unfortunately, state and federal regulators don’t move as quickly. Until regulators offer final approvals, the rebuilt South Nassau Communities Hospital facility – which includes a three-bed “observation unit” and treatment areas for infectious diseases and behavioral-health cases – will not be open 24 hours per day and cannot receive ambulances…