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Cuomo announces $6 million in awards for low carbon, clean energy solutions

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(WBNG) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday $6 million in awards for innovative low carbon and clean energy solutions to help combat climate change.

The awardees are four accelerate projects in the Southern Tier, including projects from Cornell and Binghamton University, and six Southern Tier companies advancing energy-saving innovations.

In a news release, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office said the projects and companies enable "New York to foster healthier communities and to broaden adoption of innovative initiatives to build out the State's green energy economy and combat climate change."

Posted below are the awardees, and their projects, for the $3 million for the Accelerate Southern Tier Awards, provided by the governor's office:

  • Cornell University -- Cornell University's Rev Napkin-to-Prototype Accelerator was awarded to help entrepreneurs bring climate technology ideas to market under an eleven-week, cohort-based, hardware accelerator.
  • Cornell University -- Cornell University's Diversity and Inclusion in the Regional Clean Energy Innovation Ecosystem program was awarded to help participants in underrepresented communities start climate technology companies and build their businesses. This project is supported by Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement in partnership with Chloe Capital.
  • Binghamton University -- Binghamton University's EmpowerST: Empowering Energy Storage Entrepreneurship in the Southern Tier, received this award for its fellowship program to provide entrepreneurial-minded scientists with help developing prototypes for groundbreaking energy storage technologies and to help existing companies transform current systems.
  • Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, Jamestown, NY -- The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' Manufacturing the Clean Energy Future in the Southern Tier program was awarded to help new and existing climate technology companies expand, relocate and grow in the region with business support and manufacturing resources.

Posted below are the awardees for the $3 million for advancing energy-saving innovations, provided by the governor's office:

  • Cleanfiber, LLC, Buffalo, NY - makes high performance building insulation, made from recycled corrugated cardboard to improve insulating homes which can lower energy costs.
  • ConnectDER, Falls Church, VA - advances next generation technology through an adapter that connects a customer's meter into a utility's all-in-one plug-in point for solar, storage, EVs, and additional technologies, helping consumers avoid costly upgrades. The company has partnered with Con Edison to make its technology available to new residential solar customers across New York City and Westchester County.
  • Ekostinger, Rochester, NY - develops aerodynamic devices for tractor trailers that reduce emissions by saving fuel consumption, therefore reducing carbon emissions.
  • Enertiv, Brooklyn, NY - provides a platform that unlocks and leverages building data, from static documents, to legacy software, connects to IoT (Internet of Things) devices and systems to reduce operating expenses, maintenance and repairs, utilities and capital expenditure reserves for building owners and operators.
  • Graphenix Development, Inc, Rochester, NY - manufactures industry-leading ultra-capacitor electrodes and silicon anodes, which will increase Li-ion energy densities to enable repeated fast charging for energy storage applications.
  • Skyven Technologies, Richardson, TX and Binghamton, NY - creating custom clean energy systems that reduce or eliminate fuel consumed in industrial manufacturing processes, increasing energy efficiency and switching plants to zero carbon energy sources.

The governor's office said the "Southern Tier has become a model for fostering economic and job growth by providing regional business support services for innovative and breakthrough climate technology companies through competitive awards and Empire State Development's Southern Tier Soaring initiative."

In a news release, Governor Cuomo said:

"New York has built a green energy economy that supports businesses from start-up to commercialization to establish a cleaner, more sustainable future for communities across our state, consistent with the goals of our ambitious, nation-leading climate agenda. We must invest in these valuable entrepreneurial programs that attract new technologies and companies in our effort to drive down carbon emissions, fight climate change, and deliver environmental benefits to all New Yorkers."

For more information about clean energy funds, click here.

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