Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Biomimicry Tech Assistance(20654)

Terrapin Bright Green, LLC


Biomimicry is a science that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs to solve human problems. Terrapin Bright Green and The Biomimicry Group (T/BG) partnership combines the leading international biomimicry authority with regional environmental expertise to provide cost-effective and results-oriented technical assistance to NYSERDA programs and industrial partners. Biomimicry, intentionally looking to nature for inspiration, will be used to help usher an entrepreneur from concept to commercialization in a way that is better, faster, cheaper and cleaner.

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Project Description

The project will: • Foster the deployment of existing biomimetic products and processes in NYS • Develop educational and organizational tools to accelerate biomimetic R&D • Establish research-based evidence for the cost-effectiveness and energy reduction potential of biomimetic design in order to support this program and validate its continuation • Demonstrate benefits to NYS including measurable energy reductions and/or economic growth via the establishment of new products and companies • Improve existing NYS products and processes by consulting with companies on how to use biomimicry as a sustainable innovation tool • Provide the foundation for long-term benefits such as attracting new industries to NYS and establishing new biomimicry research centers or lines of research


• Increase awareness of biomimicry within NYS companies • Create new tools and support for biomimicry • Provide direct and indirect economic and energy benefits to NYS through enhanced innovation • Gain recognition for NYS as a center of biomimicry R&D, and a model for other states in facilitating energy efficiency innovation

Project Results


Terrapin Bright Green, LLC
641 6th Avenue of the Americas, 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10011

Principle Investigator

Chris Garvin

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Miriam Pye


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 11/2/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 20654

Last Updated: 7/30/2014