There's a large and growing list of renewable energy projects pumping out cleaner electricity these days. Photovoltaic panels produce direct current and solar concentrators drive steam turbines using sunlight. Wind turbines churning out megawatts of power dot the landscape of many countries. Other projects are looking to light communities through tides, running rivers and even the heat of the Earth.
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Our sister proof-of-concept center NEXUS-NY recently put out a magazine with some great articles about some of their startups, what is going on with the Eastman Business Park, how NYSERDA is on the leading edge of commercialization programs, and more.
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On his many failed experiments, Thomas Edison once said,
I have learned fifty thousand ways it cannot be done and therefore I am fifty thousand times nearer the final successful experiment.
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Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There's no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant draws from what Google's chief social evangelist, Gopi Kallayil, calls the nine core principles of innovation.
Kallayil shared his insights at this week’s San Francisco… read more »
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July 9 (Bloomberg) — Washington state awarded $14.3 million in matching grants to three utilities to develop battery systems to store power from intermittent, renewable sources.
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Currently, photovoltaic panels suffer from reduced energy output due (1) to reflection of incident light at the air-glass interface and (2) to accumulation of dust/pollen/ice on the exterior glass surface.
This technology, proven in the lab to be both anti-reflective and self-cleaning, presents a breakthrough opportunity of up to 40% additional energy harvest. With PBNY funding the team has scaled-up to a continuous process and is producing 300 prototypes for field-testing through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), under DOE's SuNLaMP program.
This team has been accepted into the new CUNY iHUB incubator, won a 2015 National Innovation Award, received a Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships grant from NSF and presented Kleanboost data at NREL's 2016 PV Module Reliability Workshop. The team is active in the international Photovoltaic Quality Assurance Taskforce's Task 12 which is developing standards to measure soiling behavior across the globe.
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C.TrAm is a piece of control and design software capable of computing the transient thermal behavior of power cable installations. It will help to reduce losses in cables and contribute to the overall efficiency of the power grid for potential savings of $30m/year. Improved monitoring will also reduce maintenance costs for potential savings of $100m/year. The team used the PowerBridgeNY funds to build and field test their software using data provided by Con Edison.
This project is focused on resonant power inverters optimized for wireless power transfer to make wireless charging simpler and more efficient. Wireless charging of electric vehicles is an exciting opportunity for the proliferation of electric vehicles, especially in a city environment. The team will use the PowerBridgeNY funds to design and build a prototype for EVs while also exploring other potential markets, including robotics.
This team recently signed a licensing deal and will commercialize the technology through HEVO.
The team’s high efficiency solid sorbents that show superior carbon capture performance (up to 800% higher), a low energy penalty for regeneration (>50% lower), and a simplified process design (30% lower in capital) compared to current benchmark carbon capture technology. The PowerBridgeNY funds were used to scale up production to the 10kg level.
Grid Symphony will save billions of dollars for utilities by reducing 60-80% of energy lost in transmission and distribution by avoiding structural redundancies, strengthening grid resiliency and lowering electricity costs for all. The team’s forecasting software predicts demand, battery capacity, and weather to control and optimize electric grids at every scale.
HIGHEST Transformers (HIGH Efficiency Shielded Toroidal transformers) are designed to help distribution network operators save energy. HIGHEST transformers have higher efficiency, greater over-load capability, and increased reliability compared to the current standard. A HIGHEST transformer does not require oil; thus it is more environmentally friendly and is not as subject to explosions. The team used the PowerBridgeNY funds to build a commercial prototype and investigate potential business models.
HIGHEST Transformers recently received an SBIR award.
This project supports the advancement of transformative technologies that can help significantly reduce operational costs for both existing and future, water and wastewater treatment facilities. These reductions can emanate from areas of concern such as energy consumption (cost savings of greater than 50%) and chemical consumption (cost savings of up to 100%). Moreover, the technologies can provide solutions to broad applications, from the smaller facilities to the largest municipal wastewater treatment plants.
The PowerBridgeNY award will help facilitate one of the first steps in the achievement of these transformative goals: the development of an advanced platform for the monitoring/analyses of biological and chemical parameters in treatment processes. The platform will consist of a completely automated drone based monitoring system that will allow for monitoring with a high degree of resolution in three dimensional space (x-y-z). In addition, the platform can help detect problems as early as possible and thereby, help deter process down time.
Alan West and Scott Banta have a means of producing fuels and chemicals from dilute CO2 and electricity. The process eliminates the need for crop-derived feedstocks, is scalable, and may allow a means of monetizing excess, intermittent electrical capacity. While the long-term market may be fuels, in the intermediate term we will focus on more valuable chemicals, with a goal of partnering to develop a large pilot facility. The short term focus will be on establishing a “minimal viable product,” which is a small-scale process integrating the key steps and containing a robust strain of the organism.
This team recently received a $500K award from the DOE to work with a mining partner to investigate the value of the technology for biomining. The team also received a $150K NSF Phase 1 STTR award in December 2016.
Lionano (the “Company”) is a supplier of high-performance, high-quality materials for lithium-ion battery manufacturers. The Company has developed a proprietary, nano-engineered material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) that delivers improved energy density (2x), enhanced cycle life (2-3x) and costs 50% less than the most advanced cathode material on the market. The Company has scaled up production of the material to 50kg per batch, verified the product via independent testing, and sold its patented product to major electric vehicle (EV) battery suppliers. The material is tailored for batteries used in EVs, consumer electronics and stationery energy storage. It provides an energy density of 220-400 watt-hour per kilogram (Wh/kg), more than twice that of the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) systems currently used in the majority of EVs. The Company has been awarded from sources such as federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and other state government grants. The Company has obtained an exclusive worldwide technology license from Cornell University for the commercialization of an advanced material. The Company has its own research and prototyping labs located in the McGovern Center incubator at Cornell University, and produces material with the majority of that volume sold to customers around the globe.
This project seeks to replace batteries in HVAC sensors by harvesting electrical energy from the fluid flow inside an HVAC duct. The module is a source of continuous and non-depleting energy that will generate more power and be cheaper to maintain than competitors. The PowerBridgeNY funds will be used to build a prototype of the sensor and field test it in a commercial building.
The team recently found an in-field testing site and looks forward to beginning the tests this summer.
plugSTRATE has a proprietary connector design and a modern architecture which enables the development of ultra-low-cost, multi-parameter monitoring units. The low cost, combined with native wireless capability, allows real-time data collection and analysis from a large number of monitors which increases audit efficiency, improves data quality, and reduces costs for both auditors and clients. With the PowerBridgeNY funds, the team will investigate the IP landscape and determine how scale up will affect the overall cost of the product.
Plugstrate also won "Best demo" at the NYC Media Lab symposium earlier in 2015.
We can congratulate team members Fabio and Shyuan on successfully defending their theses and on their new positions (Fabio is at IBM and Shyuan is at Apple).
The technology will be absorbed by Radiator Labs, which recently won an NSF Phase 1 STTR award to develop the technology into a temperature sensor.
The team has formed a company called Energy Harvesting Technology. Our technology provides the railroad industry with the ability to harvest & capture energy from the vibrations of passing trains and then produce predictable & reliable “remote” trackside electricity to power a number of trackside railroad applications (via sensors, wireless connectivity). The result: A way for railroads to improve train safety and more reliably monitor track conditions in “remote areas.” In 2015 the team successfully completed a prototype and tested the device at the Technology Transportation Center. Since that time, the team has worked to refine the prototype and hopes to begin pilot testing soon.
Fiberglass (FRP) wind turbines came to New York State in 2000. The maximum service life of FRP wind blades is 20 years. FRP recycling is energy-intensive and expensive, which is discouraging to investors of wind energy industry. This CUNY team is presenting a less energy-intensive recycling approach, where the recyclates can be incorporated in commercially used concrete, and potentially other construction materials.
This NYU team has developed an innovative process using microfluidics and fluorescent detection to rapidly evolve new algal strains that increase production of valuable products. They plan to license new strains as new cultivars with higher oil content for the biofuel industry. However, to first enter the market, they will produce algal strains for the biofuel industry’s co-product health supplement market by optimizing the production of products such as the anti-oxidant astaxanthin.
The team is in the process of testing the effectiveness of their technology using a commercial algae strand provided by a current astaxanthin producer.
The market potential for PEM fuel cells operating on hydrogen and air with platinum catalysts in varied vehicular and stationary applications is constrained due to high cost and low efficiency. MEAn Technologies, proprietary process boosts power output by 40%, provides extended operation at lower voltage and temperature and is a significant breakthrough enabling access to growing markets for clean energy.
There are currently 3 million contaminated sites globally, costing an annual $36 Billion+ to remediate. The optimization of cleanup operations for these sites has become a technical challenge worldwide. Recognizing the need for increasing the efficiency of site sampling practices, ChromoSense has developed a proprietary in-situ sensor protection device that enabling long-term remote monitoring of contaminated sites, saving cost and energy.
The team has a fully executed license agreement between ChromoSense and NYU. The team is the process of applying for an NSF SBIR grant as well as pursuing piloting opportunities and grants with the USGS.
Recent publications include:
Adam Neal, Austin M. Rountree1, Craig W. Philips, Terrance J. Kavanagh, Dominic P. Williams, Peter Newham, Gamal Khalil, Daniel L. Cook, Ian R. Sweet, “Quantification of low-level drug effects using real-time, in vitro measurement of oxygen consumption rate” ToxSci Advance Access published September 22, (2015).
Jill L. Worlinsky, Steven Halepas, Masoud Ghandehari, Gamal Khalil and Christian Brückner, “High pH sensing with water-soluble porpholactone derivatives and their incorporation intoa Nafion® optode membrane”, Analyst, 140 (1), 190 – 196 (2015).
This CUNY team has developed a weather driven energy forecasting system with days-ahead, zero-touch capabilities. The technology couples a building energy model with a weather forecasting system allowing for prediction of energy demands for every building in an entire city simultaneously. This allows the team to bring detailed information to energy managers, traders, and other stakeholders to make more informed decisions.
The team has successfully completed a pilot project at City College of New York and has incorporated as WeatherWatt.
Toxic waste contamination prevents the full use of real estate and depresses property values. We provide property owners and their site managers with a cost effective, energy efficient, clean-up technology based on bacteria in an engineered setting. We consult with clients on the appropriate, regulatory-approved application of our product to obtain the maximum appreciation of land values.
The team is working to set up a pilot project in Summer 2017 to prove their remediation technique can significantly reduce concentrations of recalcitrant pollutants such as PCBs and VOCs.
Through our innovative paint products, we share the latest discoveries in nano-photonics with everyone, everywhere. While being 50% cheaper, our multi-function product makes your roof top cooler, more colorful, and cuts your air conditioning bill by 20%. Our products is compatible with all common roofing materials, making it a nice addition to both existing roofs and new roofs.
The team began conducting a pilot test with a roofer on Fall 2016, noting immediate reduction in roof temperatures after the application of the coating. They will continue to monitor the pilot site to test the durability the product for the coming year.
Proposed technology is a novel transformer design that mitigates harmonics to save energy and reduce electricity cost for the facility owner (i.e. Building) in addition to qualifying for rebates from the power utility. Some other benefits are minimizing flickering, equipment failures, false trips or power quality issues.
Methane sources (landfills, wastewater facilities) naturally produce hydrogen sulfide (H2S) contaminated "biogas" that pose nuisance to public. Once H2S is removed, methane can be harvested for power and fuel use. NanoSulf™ is a self-renewing catalytic process that improves over commercial H2S removal methods by requiring less frequent media changes and is a drop-in replacement, thus reducing capital and operational costs. The process is modular that moderates overall process cost by 30%.