Innovation Fund Projects

SyracuseCoE’s Innovation Fund provides SyracuseCoE Partners with financial and technical support for overcoming barriers to commercialization of potentially transformative innovations. Projects may be awarded up to $10,000 and must be aligned with commercialization of innovative products/technologies and focused on one or more of SyracuseCoE’s three core areas.

  • Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Energy Efficiency
  • Clean & Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources

The Innovation Fund is funded by and for members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program.

2016 Projects

LC Drives Corp.

Design and Build Dynamometer Cooling System for MW Scale System

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Project Lead: LC Drives Corp.
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Buildings
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Marvin Russel
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Project Summary: Design and build dynamometer cooling system for MW scale system. http://www.lcdrives.com

The Standard Hydrogen Corporation

Marketing Support for SHC Station

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Project Lead: The Standard Hydrogen Corporation
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Energy/ Hydrogen
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Paul Mutolo
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 6/1/2016
End Date: 11/30/2016
Project Summary: SHC will clear remaining obstacles to building our initial demonstration Station, by building a financial and physical model of our system, and using these to communicate our value proposition to two key utility customers.
Project Output: 1. Collateral developed; 2. Data illustrating operation of station; 3. Financial projections to spec; 4. Plan outlining path to first station

Sparkcharge

Portable Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

sparkchargeProject Lead: Sparkcharge
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Energy/Batteries
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Joshua Aviv
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $6,199
Start Date: 6/13/2016
End Date: 1/31/2017
Project Summary: Sparkcharge makes portable universal charging units for electric cars. Our portable charger allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to charge anytime and anywhere starting with a 5-mile battery pack Project Output: 1. Select battery and parts and secure approval and payment before purpose; 2. Order heat testing parts; 3. Measure heat generation and order parts; 4. Test heat management system; 5. Make case.

 

 

2015 Projects

LC Drives Corp.

Wind Turbine Generator

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Project Lead: LC Drives Corp.
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Energy/Wind
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Marvin Russel
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 6/1/2015
End Date: 3/1/2016
Project Summary:This project will develop a key manufacturing process for a newly designed wind turbine generator.  This wind turbine generator will help bring down the cost of energy from wind power.
Project Output: 1. Conceptual development; 2. Fixture design; 3. Fixture build and test These two innovation fund projects (Wind Turbine Generator and Wind Turbine Generator II) funded through Syracuse enabled LC Drives to fund two interns.  These programs allowed the interns to complete in-depth design work needed to help move the company forward and allowed both the intern and the company to decide if a longer term permanent employment arraignment would make sense.  These were valuable programs for LC Drives.

Wind Turbine Generator II

Project Lead: LC Drives Corp.
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Energy/Wind
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Marvin Russel
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 3/1/2016
End Date: 10/1/2016
Project Summary: Develop a key manufacturing process for final assembly of a wind turbine generator.
Project Output: 1. Conceptual development; 2. Fixture design; 3. Fixture build and test.

Solstice Power

CHP Solar Technology Development

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Project Lead: Solstice Power LLC
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Energy/Wind
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: James Shomar
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 9/1/2014
End Date: 5/31/2015
Project Summary: The solar company located in Syracuse, for The Hybrid System to support the development of a renewable, low-cost, on-site, combined heat and power solar technology, which will generate three times the electrical energy efficiency of traditional fixed mounted flat panel solar systems.
Project Output: 1. Sustained system testing; 2. Patent application complete

NuClimate Air Quality Systems, Inc.

Testing of Vertical Stack Induction/Fan Coil Unit

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Project Lead: NuClimate Air Quality Systems, Inc.
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Buildings
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: John DiMillo
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 9/1/2014
End Date: 5/31/2015
Project Summary: Funding of independent testing and final product revisions for new Vertical Stack Induction/Fan Coil Unit (Model QMH).  This unit will be a direct replacement for current Vertical Stack Fan Coil Units in the light commercial and commercial market place and will consume no more than 25% of the energy of current products.
Project Output: 1. Testing at independent facility; 2. Results from independent testing; 3. Product release to market

Full Circle Feed

Zero Food Waste Processing

Full Circle Feed
Project Lead: Full Circle Feed
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Energy
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Michael Amadori
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 12/1/2016
End Date: 3/31/2016
Project Summary: We will develop a closed-loop process for dog treat production that turns our wastewater into renewable energy and a revenue source! This transformative innovation to our dog treat process will allow us to scale our process to the next level.
Project Output: 1.1. In-depth characterization of wastewater; 2. Operate digester…; 3. Analyze biosolids for use as plant feed

LED Spirit

Proprietary LED Lighting Technology

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Project Lead:
 LED Spirit, Inc.
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Buildings
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Alcinda Miller
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 12/27/2015
End Date:  9/26/2016
Project Summary: New and proprietary LS Core technology with no printed circuit board, no heat sink, negligible heat generation, eco-friendly resulting in a 40% reduction in cost of manufacturing with up to 50% increased energy efficiency for LED USLAMPA T8, 4ft.
Project Output: 1. Produce 20 4′ light fixtures; 2. Test fixture; 3. Analysis of assembly manufacturing; 4. Produce 200 4′ light fixtures to spec

Cortland Research

A Novel Integration of Smart Sensing Systems with Environmental System Modeling for Sustainable and Healthy Buildings

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Project Lead: Cortland Research
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Buildings
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Steve McMahon
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $10,000
Start Date: 2/1/2o16
End Date:  10/31/2016
Project Summary: POUNCE Systems can perform as both an energy efficiency system and a demand response solution. This project will help fund the modifications necessary to add the demand response functionality.
Project Output: 1. Demonstrate unit can learn router IP address and server can receive it; 2. Show capability of remote server to send set points and change contractor states of SCU connected devices; 3. Show capability of SCU to autosend data files to remote server and show remote server capability to received files. Display data from remote server; 4. Show complete automated communications capability, simulating a Demand Response event.

 

 

2014 Projects

King+King

Researching the Effects of an Innovative Middle School Renovation on Student Performance – Bridge Phase

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Project Lead: King+King
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: IEQ
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Pete King
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $15,000
Start Date: 8/1/2014
End Date: 4/30/2014
Project Summary: King + King Architects is leading a research project to test the connection between the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of school buildings and the learning and teaching performance of its occupants. This research will also scientifically prove there is a connection between interdisciplinary project-based learning and the spatial design of schools. Innovation Fund support will be provided to support “bridge” activities between the collection of data and dissemination of results, including the development of a web site and a workshop with national leaders in this field of research.
Project Output: Develop Web site and activate, Fund development plan, Host 1-day workshop

Quansor Corporation

Field Testing E. Coli Sensor

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Project Lead: Quansor Corporation
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Urban Environments
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: John Merrill
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $24,902
Start Date: 9/1/2014
End Date: 5/31/2015
Project Summary: This project will demonstrate a benchtop detector of waterborne E. coli bacteria by combining two innovations, (a) Quansor’s quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) platform and (b) an innovative modified mannose receptor to bind E.coli. Quansor will also develop a statistical validation and field test plan for the sensor in Cortland County.
Project Output: Characterize the monitor, Test with selected potential interferences, Construct beta unit, Demo at Cortland Waste Water Treatment Plans

Ephesus Lighting

Energy Efficient and High Performing Power Supply with Monitoring Functionality

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Project Lead: Ephesus Lighting
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Energy
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Jeff Shuster
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $19,635.00
Start Date: 9/1/2014
End Date: 5/31/2015
Project Summary: Ephesus Lighting proposes to use Innovation Funds to design, develop, and test an intelligent power supply not offered in the marketplace today with twice the power output, lower standby power, and novel monitoring capabilities.
Project Output: Preliminary design review slides, requirements list, Build physical prototype and test results, Detailed design review slides, Preproduction units, UL test report, Final demonstration

Avatar Sustainable Technologies

Scaling Production of Fermentable Sugars

Avatar Sustainable Technologies
Project Lead: Avatar Sustainable Technologies
Project Type: Research
Area of Interest: Energy
Collaborators: N/A
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $25,000
Start Date: 8/1/2014
End Date: 4/30/2015
Project Summary: The Avatar project supports the development of an efficient, scalable process to produce fermentable sugars out of solid waste, requiring fewer steps, producing higher yields, higher quality thereby reducing waste. Avatar will use Innovation Fund support to scale up the process from current bench scale (2lbs) to pilot scale (200lbs). The scale-up initiative is designed to enhance investor and customer confidence in the proposed process.
Project Output: Optimal feed concentration for maximal yield, Optimal additive levels, Optimal temperature

Solstice Power

Development of Renewable, Low Cost and On-Site Heat and Power Solar Technology

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Project Lead: Solstice Power LLC
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Energy
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: James Shomar
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $24,710.58
Start Date: 7/1/2014
End Date: 3/31/2015
Project Summary: Solstice Power will develop and integrate a low cost combined solar thermal and power generation system. The compact generator will use a powerful Fresnel lens (~800x concentration) to focus the light onto ~1cm x 1cm multi-junction solar cells rated at 40% electrical efficiency, (more than twice that of standard silicon solar cells).

Taitem Engineering

Blowing Off Steam: The Case for Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heat Pumps To Replace Steam, New York’s Biggest Energy and Water User

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Project Lead: Taitem Engineering
Project Type: Commercialization
Area of Interest: Energy
Collaborators: N/A
Key Personnel: Bhavin Bhanyani
Supporting Program/SyracuseCoE Program: COE Innovation Fund
Funding Amount: $24,752.0
Start Date: 7/1/2014
End Date: 3/31/2015
Project Summary: Taitem Engineering will develop a market analysis and energy and water conservation potential of converting steam-heating systems to variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump systems in New York State.