Green Innovations

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

$4.6 million for developers of innovative renewable energy and energy storage technologies

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $4.6 million to help 12 businesses and university centers develop innovative clean energy products that could be manufactured in New York State to improve energy efficiency, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution.  The research and development funding will allow these entities to demonstrate and commercialize cutting-edge renewable energy and energy storage technologies and leverage $7.6 million of outside funding.  With this funding announcement, NYSERDA will have allocated more than $12 million over the last year to help 24 companies and institutions research, develop and demonstrate renewable energy and energy storage manufacturing projects.

Funding will support projects in three categories:  New product development ($2.8 million); Early-stage innovative product development feasibility and technology transfer studies ($1.7 million); and Demonstration projects ($135,000).

New Product Development--$2.8 million
  • University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering:  Development of Nanostructured carbonless electrodes for hydrogen fuel cells.  NYSERDA funding $1 million,  University at Albany funding $1.1 million.
  • Magnolia Solar, Inc. (Albany and Woburn, MA): Development of lower-cost, thin-film solar cells with nanostructure coatings. NYSERDA funding $1 million, Magnolia funding $1.1 million.
  • Reflexite Display Optics (Rochester): Development of a thin-film solar reflector/refractor to reduce costs of solar panels NYSERDA and Reflexite equal funding of $599,563.
  • EnerVault Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) and Ascension Industries (N. Tonawanda):  Development of a “flow-battery” electrical energy storage system for utility applications, including smoothing intermittent power from alternative sources. NYSERDA funding $300,000, EnerVault funding $347,945.
Early-Stage Innovative Product Development Feasibility and Technology Transfer Studies--$1.7 Million
  • University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering: Feasibility study of high-volume, low-cost photovoltaic cells. NYSERDA funding $250,000, SUNY Albany funding $301,836.
  • The Paper Battery Company, Inc. (Troy): Feasibility evaluation of super-capacitor and battery prototype.  NYSERDA funding $249,442, Paper Battery funding $363,223.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy): Development of ceramic matrix composite interconnects for solid oxide fuel cells.  NYSERDA funding $164,542, RPI funding $89,957.
  • Solid Cell, Inc., New York (New York City): Manufacture of modified planar cell for solid oxide fuel cells.  NYSERDA funding $250,000, Solid Cell funding $292,016.
  • Calmar Research Corp, Cato (Cayuga County): Study of wind turbine blade design optimization and turbine-siting improvements.   NYSERDA funding $249,926, Calmar Research funding $285,873.
  • Torrey Pines Research (Fairport): Development of nanoparticles dry processing for fuel cell electrodes.  NYSERDA funding $250,000, Torrey Pines funding $250,000.
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (Palo Alto, CA): Development of a “Fish Friendly” hydropower turbine development and analysis of New York market and deployment. NYSERDA funding $246,691, EPRI funding $2.8 million
Demonstration Projects $135,168 
  • Locus Energy, LLC (New York City): Demonstration of photovoltaic system monitoring and optimization. NYSERDA funding $135,168, Locus Energy funding $135,168.

Companies funded in 2009 included: 
  • AWS Truewind, LLC (Albany), $433,169
  • Research Foundation of SUNY (Albany), $200,000
  • Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (Albany), $137,861
  • Plug Power, Inc (Latham), $1,440,697
  • Clever Fellows Innovation Consortium, Inc. (Troy), $143,252
  • CMG Tech, LLC (Rexford), $370,276
  • AeroCity, LLC (Claverack),  $1,000,000
  • Reflexite Display Optics (Rochester), $225,000
  • Reflexite Display Optics (Rochester), $$185,200
  • Beacon Power, Corp. (Tyngsboro, MA), $1,500,000
  • Clarkson University (Potsdam), $70,773
  • Schreiberdale Holsteins, LLC (Perry), $586,855
  • Premium Power Corporation (North Redding, MA), $362,000
  • New Energy Solutions, LLC (Las Vegas, NV), $933,810
In total, 70 proposals valued at more than $100 million were considered. Future solicitations with funding for similar proposals will be listed on the NYSERDA website, visit: