A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest.
StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of the state’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones.
The competition offers $20 million in total awards to support “green” energy initiatives, including a $1 million top prize.
Self-billed as “one of the largest competitions in the country [focused] on supporting and growing clean-energy businesses,” 76West is also part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision, a multifaceted, statewide strategy requiring that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2050, along with greenhouse gas reductions and other ambitious environmental goals.
Noting it’s “bringing innovative businesses to the Southern Tier” and “supporting the region’s growing clean-energy economy,” Cuomo lauded the 76West Competition as it moved through its second round.
“This competition is not only spurring job growth and combating climate change, but also attracting topnotch businesses from across the nation to New York,” the governor said this week.
In addition to regional champions from Long Island, New York City, the Southern Tier, the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes, the finalists include three out-of-state energy companies applying their technologies in New York.
EthosGen of Pennsylvania captures waste heat from industrial processes and other sources to feed on-site electric generators. Skyven Technologies of Texas provides site-specific solar-powered “heat energy” for commercial uses. And Visolis of California, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory project, is looking to replace carbon with “bio-based monomers” in high-performance polymers, essentially creating carbon-negative plastics.