SyracuseCoE awards $30,000 to 3 local companies for product development and technology innovation


Three New York State companies received $30,000 in the first round of the 2022 SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund competition.

For this round, SyracuseCoE partner companies were invited to submit proposals in the SyracuseCoE priority areas of indoor environmental quality and building energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, and water resources.

Projects that include research engagements with faculty and students, product development and testing support, market analysis, and proposal matching requirements were encouraged. Awards in this program are funded by member companies of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program with the goal of helping companies advance product development and technology innovation.

The 2022 winning projects are as follows:

  • Development of power converters for off-grid renewables, mission drives: This project will help develop next-generation electronics for off-grid solar, wind and storage applications with a longer-term path to revolutionizing the power conversion technology generically. This program will complete a preliminary design of a new off-grid system configuration that is more flexible and less expensive.
  • HABAlert: Real-Time Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Powered by AI, BloomOptix and Ramboll: HABAlert is a portable, cost-effective harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring system that can detect and quantify the presence of HAB-causing cyanobacteria in 10 minutes or less. Using artificial intelligence and a miniature cellphone-based microscope, HABAlert can provide users with near real-time identification and counting of cyanobacteria, replacing traditional methods, which require processing times of several days.
  • SyracuseCoE-based MAKO Smart EV Charging Station, M3 Innovation, is developing a smart EV charging station and gateway that seamlessly integrates into their sports lighting platform and eliminates cost and infrastructure barriers extra to install conventional charging stations.

“The Innovation Fund Awards are intended to help companies bridge the gap in bringing new products to market, as well as providing thoughtful and constructive feedback from a panel of reviewers with expertise in applying new technologies to market,” said Eric Schiff, executive director of SyracuseCoE. “The projects showcase Central New York’s expertise in environmental and energy systems, as well as the enthusiasm of businesses in the region for innovation and the commercialization of new technologies.

Through these awards, SyracuseCoE has supported more than 49 clean energy commercialization projects by 30 companies across New York State, totaling more than $525,000. Participating companies reported over 176 jobs created and over $3,000,000 in additional funding from Innovation Fund projects.

Eligibility for Innovation Fund awards is extended to all current members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program. Proposals may include collaborations with non-program partner companies and academic partners; however, proposals must be submitted and led by members of the Partner Program.

Learn more about the Partner Program or contact Tammy Rosanio at [email protected]

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