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Companies admitted to The Clean Tech Center
A NYSERDA Clean Energy Incubator Program
Companies admitted to the program represents a diversity of technology sectors across Upstate New York. Together, they are an important part of growing the green innovation economy and a new energy future for New York State. The Clean Tech Center looks forward to working with them on the road to commercialization and accelerated growth.
First round companies:
Antek has developed a revolutionary low cost method of manufacturing high efficiency solar cells. Its patented hetero-junction process pairs traditional crystalline silicon wafers with a proprietary thin-film, boosting efficiency and cutting manufacturing costs. The revolutionary process was developed in the laboratory of solar experts at Syracuse University. Antek's technology lays out a path to grid parity for solar PV, with its high efficiency, low cost production process.
GoVo Biofuels LLC
GoVo Biofuels LLC is developing a plan to become the first scalable, liquid biomass project in New York State. The company is located in the Syracuse Technology Garden and has an operations depot in Cortland, NY. It launched in May, 2008.
GoVo Biofuels focuses on providing vegetable oil based fuels as alternatives to heating oil and diesel fuel. The fuel products are less expensive and significantly greener than other biofuels because the fuel is straight vegetable oil. A large scale test project has validated boiler equipment upgrades and modifications, with results that include both efficiency and costs savings. The highest use of #2 heating oil is in the Northeastern United States, and GoVo Biofuels is working on a scalable plan to address the challenge of reducing consumption of petroleum, particularly for the heating market. The energy potential (BTU’s and MPG) are nearly identical between the two fuels. In conjunction with the production of biofuel, GoVo is focusing on how boiler equipment modifications can accommodate VOF fuels and increase efficiency gains.
Greenview (GV) integrates utility data and site assessments to identify energy conservation opportunities. As a startup, GV is both developing proprietary IP and using off the shelf components to remotely monitor and control energy use in commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. GV systems have also been used to monitor and report on energy produced by PV systems, fuel cells, and heat recovery equipment. The data is collected, normalized, stored, and professionally analyzed to provide alerts and recommendations to the facilities team and occupants. Greenview has installed systems for the US Army at Fort Drum and is pursuing immediate opportunities with universities, manufacturers and government agencie Greenview uses computer hardware and software to acquire real-time energy information from buildings for the purpose of identifying energy saving opportunities and reducing carbon footprint. GV has developed fault detection and diagnosis routines to apply to hidden sources of energy waste. The system connects and communicates with industrial and revenue grade meters including electrical, gas, steam, water and compressed air. GV’s expertise extends to obtaining performance data from renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic (PV), fuel cells, solar, geothermal, biodiesel, and wind. Provided with information on current energy use, CO2 and operating costs displayed on websites and kiosks in their facilities, our clients and their occupants and employees are informed about opportunities and recommendations to save energy. With actionable energy information, local solutions can help solve global problems.
Impact Technologies has a mission to produce, distribute, and create awareness of user-friendly alternative energy products and sources of power. By entering into the quickly expanding green technologies industry, Impact’s primary focus is to distribute a user-ready, high quality alternative fuel that is priced competitively with electricity. Impact Technologies is expanding into a fully operational equipment manufacturer and distributor. Impact Technologies is developing a vertical axis wind turbine with a multistage axial flux generator,. Its multistage axial flux generator ensures peak efficiency with the use of voltage variations within the stators that charge at designated RPMs.
IntelliSyn is developing a sustainable technology for the profitable fermentation of butanol as an alternative fuel. Formed in 2009, the company is engaged in bench top laboratory scale testing and will be pursuing a pilot scale-up plant in Syracuse for its patent pending technology. IntelliSyn uses an organism that naturally makes a metabolite (butanol) precursor that is readily converted into butanol stoichiometrically, using technology that has been developed on the industrial scale. The company believes the unique characteristics inherent in this technology will establish a superior value proposition. The U.S. government has mandated that1 billion gallons of domestic fuel be produced by 2013. Leading candidates for replacement fuels are ethanol, biodiesel and butanol. IntelliSyn believes it can produce butanol at a lower price than competing processes, utilizing a process that eliminates a step in the fermentation process using well-established science.
Robert Doyle, President
1-014 Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 13244
MicroGen is developing the world's most efficient, most cost effecitve, long lifetime power source solution for the wireless sensor network industry's customers. Its MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) based piezoelectric vibrational energy harvester technology for wireless sensor network (WSN) applications will extend rechargable battery lifetimes, and can eliminate them altogether. MicroGen, a University of Vermont spin-out, is located at the Cornell Business and Technology Park and utilizes the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) for development. Robert Andosca is a nationally recognized expert in MEMS and the semiconductor industry. In addition to founding microGen Systems, he is owner and consultant at Ithaca MicroSystems Technology and a Ph.D. candidate in materials science at the University of Vermont. He was previously program manager and senior MEMS scientist at the Infotonics Technology Center and was development and foundry manager at Lilliputian System
MicroGen's target market is powering sensors, including: Defense applications (e.g. chemical and biological weapon detection); smart infrastructure (e.g. monitoring bridges, dams and water systems); smart energy (e.g. monitoring lighting levels in commercial buildings); smart industry (e.g. monitoring electrical equipment); and smart transportation (e.g. monitoring tire-pressure and vibration).
David Hessler, Chief Executive Officer
Robert G. Andosca, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
Cornell Business and Technology Park
95 Brown Road, Suite 129
Ithaca, New York 14850-1257
The Paper Battery Company
The Paper Battery Company will bring to market sheet-like, scalable and conformable, rechargeable energy storage devices, based on supercapacitor technology, a breakthrough in an industry dominated by rigidly packaged products. The company was founded in late 2008 and holds a world-wide exclusive license to core technology patent from RPI. The PowerWrapper™ technology - a flexible nanocomposite rechargeable energy storage structural component that provides power and enables size and weight reduction as an architectural component. The PowerWrapper™ will be manufactured by inserting a few customized modules into established, high volume, roll to roll, print-forming production lines, leveraging existing technology and infrastructure base. The product is currently in laboratory prototyping mode. This disruptive technology enables new product innovation in existing or emerging markets that cannot be addressed by current rigid storage devices. Scalable, thin and conformable energy storage sheets are a breakthrough in an industry dominated by rigidly packaged products.
SolarNovar manufactures a Solar Tracking Platform designed for rugged environments, such as the northeast. SolarNovar is also involved in research and development in the renewables industry. SolarNovar, using in-house talent, designed, prototyped and built a utility-grade dual axis Solar Tracking Platform. SolarNovar is now manufacturing and selling the SolarNovar Tracker. By mounting any PV panel on the Tracker, the performance (production) of the panels is increased by over 40%. The software intelligence (designed by the SolarNovar Team led by Greg Brienza) allows the Tracker to follow the sun at 90 degrees for peak-angle performance. It can park itself in high winds or self-dump snow without operator input. Once connected to the Internet, the Tracker “talks” via Text Messaging or e-mail notifications. Custom options are also available depending on the needs of the customer. Applications are wide, as demand for solar grows and incentives continue to be developed to stimulate adoption of advanced solar technologies. Sectors include: Utilities, Airports, Commercial, Industrial, Residential, and Municipal Solar Parks
Second round companies:
Applied Biorefinery Sciences, LLC
Applied Biorefinery Sciences, LLC is an early-stage company commercializing proprietary bioconversion technology such as hot water extraction, separation, and recovery of commercial chemicals from woody biomass. Applied Biorefinery Sciences’ Hot Water Extraction (HWE) and product recovery technology uses a proprietary process which coaxes and purifies naturally occurring, petroleum substitute chemicals from woody biomass, while leaving the wood chips intact and improved for traditional uses such as manufacture of fuel pellets, fiberboard, or pulp and paper. The extracted and purified chemicals can be used as, or converted to, renewable substitutes for liquid fuels, creating sustainable, renewable energy alternatives and carbon neutral biodegradable products. The company was founded in 2008 by Dr. Thomas E. Amidon, of SUNY ESF and six other partners. CEO Joel Howard has 30 years of experience in forestry, natural resources management and applied ecology, is a retired SUNY ESF faculty member and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Cameron Manufacturing and Design
Cameron Manufacturing and Design specializes in custom sheet metal fabrications and machined parts, from prototypes to full production runs. The company has developed a novel product with an energy play. Cameron has been collaborating with Clarkson University on the design and fabrication of a grid electrode precipitator (GEP) that reduces the concentration of air-borne particles in clean room settings, along with producing greater energy efficiency. Testing will be done in a clean room that Cameron will donate to Clarkson, and when testing is complete, the GEP will be installed in a clean room at the Infotonics Center, a New York State Center of Excellence in Rochester that develops and commercializes micro-electro-mechanical systems). Infotonics spends approximately $1 million per year on electricity, with most of this cost associated with forced air through HEPA filters in the clean room ceilings. Cameron’s GEP will replace these HEPA filters. The goal of the project with The Clean Tech Center is to identify a path to commercialization. The Clean Tech Center will work with the company on formulating a business plan and path to market, as well as a funding strategy. The employee-owned (ESOP) company is recognized as a leading supplier of metal fabrications, custom machinery, precision and production machining and engineering services
EvPlugSite provides a comprehensive information gateway to deploy and manage electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Using a web based reservation system; electric vehicle owners can access and schedule a location and time to charge their vehicle while on the go. The electric vehicle fueling infrastructure will allow for the increased use of alternative fuel vehicles such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles. EvPlugSite is designing proprietary software to manage electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The Company’s management team has both business and technical expertise and is comprised of members from EvPlugSite’s sponsoring company, Synapse Partners and through its not-for-profit company, Synapse Sustainability Trust. EvPlugSite will deploy 68 electric plug-in charging stations at various Destination Locations throughout Onondaga County. An Alternative Power and Fueling Hub is planned at the former NYC Train Depot at the eastern gateway into the City of Syracuse in order to house seven electric plug-in charging stations powered by a photovoltaic system.
Orthogonal researchers at Cornell University have created a new photolithography platform that enables the direct patterning of chemically sensitive organic materials with a proprietary photoresist material. By leveraging the existing infrastructure of the flat panel display industry, Orthogonal's resist technology will enable the use of large scale equipment to manufacture OLED displays with economies of scale enjoyed by the current generation of flat panel display technologies, LCD and PDP. This will allow the lowering of both capital cost for OLED display manufacturers as well as variable costs as they can move to larger panel sizes that are not achievable with conventional patterning techniques.
Orthogonal’s fluorinated photoresists offers a new combination of compatibility, performance and green processing. It recently won first place at the annual "World's Best Technology" (WBT) conference in Austin, Texas. The WBT showcase is the nation's premier event showcasing the largest collection of vetted and mentored companies and technologies emanating from top universities, labs, research institutions, and the private sector from across the country and around the globe. WBT is widely recognized for having the highest quality seed and early stage deals. The WBTshowcase has emerged as the world's largest forum of pre-screened, pre-prepped, undiscovered companies and technologies emanating from top universities, labs, and research institutions from across the country and around the globe.
Third round companies:
BioChar Heating is an early-stage company commercializing biochar soil amendment and biochar equipment. Rising fossil fuel prices have increased the demand for lower cost heating alternatives, and many people are turning to wood because of its affordability. However efficient clean burning wood furnaces are expensive. Biochar’s products will appeal to customers such as ranchers, farmers, nurseries, mills, and other customers with organic waste streams who will benefit from cost saving and potential revenue generating opportunities.
611 Beech Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Dense Power is developing solid state power controller products based on high-temperature power electronics packaging. A proprietary packaging technique that allows Dense Power to create smaller, lighter, faster and more reliable, energy efficient power electronic systems. Power Electronics is integral to future Smart Grid and MicroGrid systems, particularly with growing emphasis on DC generation and distributions. Similar systems exist in air and sea ships, and consulter, fleet and military electric vehicles. However, grid protection has many new challenges for fault response and grid control, due to the high frequency operation environment power electronics provides.
Doug Hopkins Ph.D.
President and CEO
Denal Way, m/s 408
Vestal, NY 13850
Emerson Sustainability Consulting, LLC
Emerson Sustainability Consulting, LLC is developing a web based tool that empowers and motivates users to achieve their sustainability goals for their home, using Building Science principles. Emerson’s web tool allows users to better monitor their energy usage and efficiency based on the size and needs of their unique home. Emerson Sustainability Consulting LLC, founded in 2009, offers management counsel for developing a business model and marketing plan, as well as on site, interactive training for CSR’s, technicians, and sales staff. As part of Emerson Sustainability Consulting, Jeff is expanded the focus of the business to include product development for consumer energy measuring and monitoring.
Jeff Emerson, Founder
176 Steinbough Lane
Oxford, NY 13830
New York-based, Haledyne creates healthy energy-based solutions with the mission of reducing health risks on a global scale. Haledyne's technologies make it possible for companies, institutions and governmental agencies to deploy effective steps toward mitigating airborne infectious disease transmission. From the ability to decrease the amount of everyday germs to the potential to avoid more serious life threatening health issues, Haledyne provides added protection against disease transmission in a variety of medium to high-risk public settings.
Cortland Research LLC
Cortland Research LLC is an engineering firm developing a user friendly physical interface that can access, measure, analyze and report energy efficiency data in useful and reliable formats to residential, commercial and industrial consumers. The information provided to the customer is collected using real time, non-invasive methods thus providing the most accurate and up to date information possible. The advantage that Cortland Research offers is the ability to integrate communications, antennas, data converters, electromagnetic components and other discrete functions into compact designs. They also provide capabilities for wireless networking, thereby reducing the cost of installation for multiple device systems.
Fourth round companies:
Ephesus Technologies, LLC creates commercial and municipal nanotechnology applications that leverage local resources to achieve global impact. With an interdisciplinary team of area university and industry leaders, Ephesus aims to develop new advanced LEDs and other high- performance devices that will enrich New York State with nanotechnology. Nanotechnology involves organizing individual atoms and molecules to create energy-efficient materials and devices “from the bottom up.” Ephesus has formed strategic partnerships to build a green technology ecosystem in New York State. The ecosystem initiative begins with nanotechnology research at area universities including Binghamton University, Clarkson University, Alfred University, Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Synairco has a patented technology that replaces the standard air-conditioner with a new highly energy efficient air conditioner that uses zero harmful chemicals. Synairco’s technology will improve cooling efficiency, improve the control of temperature and humidity, and improve comfort and air quality. Synairco accomplishes this by using a patented system to split air from a building into two distinct streams and makes use of waste heat present and cool water present in most built environments.
(607) 277-1118 x 117
Rapid Cure Technologies
Rapid Cure Technologies’ focus is to provide sustainable custom solutions to the coatings, composite resins, inks and adhesive markets. RCT is a formulator and manufacturer of 100% solids radiation curable (UV/EB) materials for a very diverse market. Using unique custom formulated chemistry, turn-key manufacturing systems and strategic partnerships RCT will provide exceptional technology, value, service and support. Rapid Cure Technologies custom formulates chemistries to meet customers’ needs for a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly manufacturing process. Rapid Cure Technologies is co-located at the Tech Garden and at SUNY ESF’s NYSERDA -funded UV/EB Center.
NOHMs Technologies, Inc. is commercializing rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology with significant performance, cost, safety, and environmental advantages. More than a decade of research at Cornell University has yielded three technology patent filings, which are being licensed to the company. Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials (“NOHMs”) technology platform offers significant opportunities for new anode, cathode, and electrolyte development with a wide array of material compositions. NOHMs Tech has positioned itself as a battery materials supplier and developer of battery prototypes.
CEO, NOHMs Technology
Salt City Technical
Salt City Technical is developing a new, state of the art flow-sensor which incorporates piezoelectric film as the sensing member that is capable of simultaneously measuring wind speed and direction. This product will have the accuracy and reliability of scientific grade wind measurement sensors with low manufactured cost allowing it to secure the mid-range of the wind speed and the direction monitoring markets. By utilizing solid state electronics in place of traditional rotating sensors, the product will have significant reliability improvements over existing low end products.
Fifth round companies:
Green Vendors Inc. is a New York based start-up that provides an innovative energy solution to cities nationwide. GVI aims to create efficiency in the street vending industry by providing vendors with a substantial source of electricity, thus eliminating the need for generators and idling.
WavElectric harvests the power of waves to produce low cost, sustainable electricity.The disruptive yet simple geometry of our generator produces electricity from any kind of kinetic motion. Housed in a single buoy or in arrays, WavElectric can be scaled from a few watts to several megawatts. WavElectric’s technology is already the cheapest and most effective sustainable source of power: our goal is to provide the world with a constant, widely available, renewable source of energy
Gaia Energy Solutions
Gaia Energy Solutions (GES) is focused on improving innovation for alternative energy technology within the solar energy industry. Its mission is to provide resolution to high-priced, moderately effective alternative energy solutions by engineering superior innovative designs. GES has also created market opportunity in the form of aesthetic appeal, an element that has been absent with traditional solar systems. GES will market a three dimensional solar array to compete in the commercial and public sector. The array, coined EnerTree is a solar system designed like a bonsai tree, which will provide an aesthetic new energy option to these markets.
Alex Goldblatt, CEO