Who is on the forefront of the clean-energy business? A Skild-powered competition in New York State’s “Southern Tier” (i.e. the counties west of the Catskill Mountains along the state’s southern border with Pennsylvania) has provided large cash awards to six companies that have some great ideas. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the winners of the 76West Clean Energy Business Competition, which uses the Skild contest management system.
An optical sensor company called Micatu was awarded the $1 million grand prize. Headquartered in Horseheads, NY, it makes a sensor that gives highly accurate voltage readings so utilities can reduce energy use, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Winning a $500,000 award was Binghampton, NY-based Charge CCCV (C4V). They produce energy storage batteries with longer lifetimes that can be used for telecommunications systems and other industries that need storage, resulting in reduced overall costs.
Winners of $250,000 awards were:
- Besstech (Troy, NY), which manufactures silicon components that make energy storage batteries cheaper, fast charging, and more environmentally friendly.
- DatArcs (New York City, NY), which provides server software that reduces the energy consumption of data centers while maintaining system performance.
- ChromaNanoTech (Binghamton, NY), which produces a dye that keeps windows transparent but blocks ultraviolet radiation, so buildings stay cooler and air conditioning loads are reduced.
- Global Thermostat (New York City, NY), which captures carbon dioxide out of the air, thereby reducing greenhouse gases, then purifies it and sells it to industrial companies that need it for their manufacturing purposes.
Providing support for advances in clean energy and furthering the state’s effort to have 50 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030 were the competition’s primary goals. However, a secondary benefit was drawing attention to the Southern Tier as a great place for technology companies to set up shop.
“By attracting some of the brightest and most innovative entrepreneurs to the Southern Tier, 76West is spurring economic growth throughout the region while advancing New York’s clean energy economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “I congratulate these winners, whose use of clean energy technology will continue to generate new opportunities in the Southern Tier and help create a cleaner and greener New York.”
Of the 175 applications received for the 76West competition, 24 were chosen as semifinalists and given a week of mentoring in May. Semifinalists then pitched their proposals to judges, who chose the six finalists based on criteria including technical merit, likelihood of business growth, job potential and benefit to the Southern Tier. Ultimately, the finalists pitched their proposals again to reviewers who recommended the final award winners.
Applications for the second round of the 76West competition will be accepted through March 13, 2017. Interested companies can apply here.
Proud to Support Clean Energy Initiatives
In providing the contest management for the 76West competition, Skild is proud to play a small role in furthering New York State’s progress toward clean energy. Congratulations to the winners of this important competition!