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Cuomo announces funding for clean-energy innovations

Rochester Business Journal
May 21, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first round of awards from the New Energy Xcelerator in UpState NY, allowing nine teams of scientists to work with NEXUS-NY to commercialize their clean-energy innovations.

The Rochester proof-of-concept center supports the development of the state’s clean-tech economy with a focus on promising technologies.

“These awards will spur innovation upstate and allow researchers to transfer their work from the laboratory to the commercial sector, creating jobs and moving New York closer to a clean energy future,” Cuomo said. “I congratulate these nine recipients and look forward to seeing their ideas made reality.”

Teams were chosen from 56 applicants that included scientists and researchers focused on the clean energy field.

The NEXUS-NY program is one of three centers to help researchers commercialize their clean-energy technologies into products in New York.

Participants in the program receive roughly $55,000 in funding, mentoring and support to develop a clean-tech innovation. Additionally, regional seed fund Excell Partners Inc. has committed to investing $150,000 to one or more teams that emerge from the program, which is managed by High Tech Rochester Inc. and partially funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

In January last year NYSERDA funded Columbia University, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and High Tech Rochester to created proof-of-concept centers aimed at turning clean-tech ideas into successful businesses. Each organization will receive $5 million for the first five years running.

The nine NEXUS-NY teams, categorized by region, are:

Finger Lakes
Low-Power Dehumidification and Moisture Reduction:  Hydratics, West Henrietta
Patent-pending technology will use an electrostatic process to remove moisture from materials or air, with first application being low-power, no-heat food drying to provide significant energy savings compared to other methods.

Advanced Power Management: Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology, Henrietta

The APM system actively controls electrical loads to help reduce operating costs and improves overall environmental performance of large power systems.

Fuel Cell—Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA): David Wetter Consulting; Kelson Solutions, Victor
The MEA will enable fuel cells to be mass produced and provide low-cost, highly efficient electricity generation capability. The unique formulation and process will leverage existing thin film, high-volume equipment and a highly capable, New York supply base.

Central New York
Biomaterials from Cellulosic Waste: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse

ESF is developing a proprietary process that converts organic waste into high-value biomaterials.

Southern Tier
Quantum Dot Synthesis: Cornell University, Ithaca

This technology provides a low-cost method to make novel materials for use in LED lighting.

Nanowire Fabrication Technology: Cornell University, Ithaca
This technology allows low-cost manufacture of semiconductor nanowires for use in energy-storage devices.

Condition Monitoring Sensor: Micatu Inc., Painted Post
Proposers seek to commercialize a multi-point sensor for use in rugged environments to monitor operating efficiency of industrial equipment. Wide deployment of these sensors will improve the energy efficiency and longevity of industrial and energy-producing processes.

Capital Region
Advanced Architectural Ceramics: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer

The high-performance masonry system is an energy-managing building facade system that integrates ceramic materials and advanced digital design to achieve significant energy savings.

System for Mitigating Power Loss: University at Albany
Under the name Green Fox Technologies, applicants are working on equipment that would allow electric utility operators to “load shape” the grid by controlling equipment that produces or consumes electricity on the premises of individual ratepayers.

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