Summary: Building a Cleantech Industry on Long Island

The Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook is one of six cleantech business incubators across the state supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Through the business acumen of industry experts, technological resources, and state-of-the art facilities at Stony Brook, as well as extensive partnerships throughout the region, CEBIP helps bridge the gap between innovation and market. Here is a sampling of companies, programs and initiatives that CEBIP supports, with links to more information.

Connecting the Dots

As someone well-versed in both the finance and high-tech startup worlds, Paul Schwartz knows the importance of finding ideal resources and partnerships for both product development and company investment. Schwartz is cofounder of ThermoLiftLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., a startup developing an all-climate air-source heat pump, which runs on natural gas and is expected to be up to 50 percent more efficient than current heat pumps.

One of the most comprehensive R&D programs that ThermoLift has taken advantage of as a CEBIP member is the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program. SPIR gives startups access to more than 250 engineers and applied scientists, top engineering and science students, and advanced-manufacturing and high-tech facilities. Read more.

Helping Companies Scale Up for Success

A flagship institution of New York State, Stony Brook University plays a critical role in world-class research development and the growth of the regional economy. Generating more than $2.5 billion annually in regional economic impact, its campus comprises more than 200 major buildings and boasts one of the nation’s most comprehensive suites of economic development programs.

Recognizing its growing expertise as a national leader in energy research and its impact on economic development, Stony Brook established CEBIP in 2011 to expand the university’s reach in helping cleantech startups succeed. Read more.

Attracting Companies to Long Island

Companies, such as WATT Fuel Cell Corp.Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., (WATT) are remaining on Long Island to reap the benefits of all the resources that Stony Brook has to offer, including student talent and research facilities. WATT has developed a solid-oxide fuel-cell system that can be up to 10 times more energy efficient than the typical diesel generator engine counterpart.

In January 2013, the startup secured a partnership with Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader of motion and control technologies and systems for mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. Read more.

From Serious Scientist to Entrepreneur

Havelide SystemsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. has developed a process that uses one-fifth of the energy currently needed to convert natural gas into liquid. The Havelide process can be complicated, but company founder Stephen Boyd and his team have it down to a science. What they needed help with was to convince investors and others that their technology is laudable and can be turned into a profitable product. CEBIP has helped the startup do exactly that, providing numerous opportunities to present its technology in front of investors. Read more.

Huge Implications

Triglia Technologies is commercializing a new method of drying wood that has huge implications for the entire lumber industry, with big savings on energy, labor and equipment costs while reducing the environmental impact of drying wood.

CEBIP has been instrumental in helping the startup develop a solid vision by encouraging it to revise and expand its business plan. Triglia is now collaborating with a saw mill company in Kingston, N.Y., to test its equipment. More recently, the startup has partnered with Ceralink, an R&D and engineering firm in Troy, N.Y., to bring its technology to scale. The company expects to have a fully automated system by the end of the year. Read more.

Poised for More Growth

CEBIP is part of the broad and comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem at Stony Brook University. With additional support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and Long Island lawmakers, CEBIP, and Stony Brook University as a whole, is poised to do more. The new Start-Up NYLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. program that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched in 2013, for instance, turns the Stony Brook University campus and its Research and Development Park into tax-free zones. Also in 2013, the State set up the Innovate NY FundLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., a seed-stage business equity fund to support innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York State. Read more.