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XC Associates, Inc. (XCA) located in Stephentown, New York, is a manufacturer of advanced composite structures, supporting various consumer and industrial applications, including the aerospace and wind turbine industry. XCA requested New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) and its partner university Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to research the impact of wind turbine blade vibration on system durability, and perform a high-fidelity numerical analysis on the placement of XCA's Active Flow Control (AFC) modules applied to the wind turbine blade to optmize turbine performance and life cycle.
This study identifies alternative treatments for food materials at every stage of the farm-to-fork spectrum.
Railside Market & Café (Railside) is a local supermarket in Victor, New York, that offers fresh produce, baked goods, dairy, and a prepared foods bar. Railside recently opened and was interested in finding ways to reduce the store’s environmental footprint while saving money. The goal was to identify cost effective solutions to conserve water, reduce toxic and hazardous materials such as cleaning products, and manage organic and food wastes, to improve the environmental footprint of the store.
Established in 1953, Hegedorn’s Market (Hegedorn’s) was founded in Webster, NY based on “great prices, exceptional quality and variety combined with superb neighborly service.” Hegedorn’s wanted to better optimize their 45,000 square foot establishment by reducing their carbon and environmental footprint. The goal was to identify cost effective solutions to conserve water, reduce toxic and hazardous materials such as cleaning products, and manage organic and food wastes, to improve the environmental footprint of the State.
Foodlink is a regional food hub as well as a Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Foodlink works with area food retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers to acquire, sort, store, and redistribute food to member programs, namely soup kitchens, shelters, and emergency pantries. NYSP2I worked with Foodlink to increase beneficial items received, decrease non-beneficial items received, as well as to find opportunities for discarded and unwanted food items.
Rentricity Inc. (Rentricity) has designed a unique energy recovery system which harnesses energy from excess water pressure to generate clean, renewable, in-pipe hydroelectric power. With over 400 billion gallons of water flowing through pipes daily in the United States, Rentricity was challenged to develop a strategic approach towards outreach efforts in New York State (NYS). NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)
assisted with identifying NYS candidates for efficient and sustainable energy production using the Flow-to-Wire™ system to further accelerate commercialization.
This technology has the potential to 1) reduce costs associated with water distribution system leakage inspection and 2) reduce risk of infection due to poor water quality.
This technology has the potential to be a scalable solution for replacement of a carcinogen/environmental toxin widely used as a corrosion inhibitor.
This process has the potential to provide a rigorous used cell characterization and sorting protocol for determination of individual used cell feasibility in a variety of secondary applications.
Based in Scarborough, Maine, Hannaford operates stores in New England and upstate New York. The Hannaford Latham (Hannaford) grocery store is comprised of the following departments: bakery, deli, seafood, meat, fresh produce, and dry goods. The goal at Hannaford was to identify cost effective solutions to conserve water, reduce toxic and hazardous materials such as cleaning products, and manage organic and food wastes, to improve the environmental footprint of the store.
Hunts Point Service Station is a family owned auto repair and service station that has been in business in Bronx, NY since 1958. Hunts Point Service Station is located in a storm surge zone of NYC and uses chlorinated solvents for parts cleaning which are classified as being both a health and environmental hazard. As part of a grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to improve sustainability and climate resiliency in the industrial waterfront of the South Bronx, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, and the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance partnered to promote pollution prevention and climate adaption strategies in this waterfront zone.
Big M Supermarkets strive to provide the highest quality products and services at the most competitive prices in a welcoming environment. In its commitment to the community, DeRuyter Big M wanted to identify and prioritize opportunities to reduce their cost and environmental impacts. The goal was to identify cost effective solutions to conserve water, reduce toxic and hazardous materials such as cleaning products, and manage organic and food waste, to improve the environmental footprint of the State.
Founded in 2010, Besstech, LLC (Battery Energy Storage Systems- Technologies) is a lithium-ion component design and engineering company located in Troy, New York. The objective of this project was to independently evaluate the performance of Besstech, LLC's battery anode and conduct a high level literary research assessment of the environmental impacts of Besstech, LLC's Si-based battery anode as compared to a conventional graphitic anode.
Bonded Energy Solutions, Inc. (Bonded Energy), a New York based company emerging from the Stony Brook Clean Energy Business Incubator, is developing products for the clean energy sector. Bonded Energy provides
new product solutions for management of building heating control to assist with meeting the minimum acceptable energy benchmarks, while reducing fuel utilization and greenhouse gas emissions. Bonded Energy requested New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to provide an independent 3rd party assessment to verify the energy efficiency improvements and
improved temperature control when using their new BMS.
Fuel cell technology converts energy from a fuel (usually hydrogen) into electricity, with virtually emission-free operation. In addition to being a clean energy source, it also offers the consistency and reliability that other renewable energy options lack. However, due to the reliance on platinum, fuel cells remain fairly expensive. American Fuel Cell requested NYSP2I to perform an independent 3rd party assessment of the energy conversion efficiency and environmental impact of American Fuel Cell's MEA as compared to the industry standard MEA. After NYSP2I's evaluation of the MEAs, it was determined that all of the American Fuel Cell manufactured MEAs exhibited higher performance, relative output voltages, as compared to the industry standard under the same operating conditions.
HEVO, Inc's mission is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles through the deployment of its wireless charging network. Their goal is to provide a safe, fast and cost effective method of charging electric vehicles that eliminates the hazards and inconveniences associated with plug-in charging. The objective of this project was to independently evaluate the peformance of a HEVO-One Prototype charging system based on the spatial and environmental parameters in a laboratory setting and to solicit feedback from a group of users regarding their experience using the charging system.
Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc. (PSPI) is a North American specialty paper mill located in Potsdam, New York. PSPI is recognized as a worldwide leader in research, development and manufacturing of specialty latex and other saturated base papers. PSPI has been focusing on creating products that conserve natural resources, developing manufacturing processes that eliminate waste, and effectively balancing the increasing demand for renewable energy sources with the absolute need to protect our forests. Over the past 10 years, PSPI has participated in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) FlexTech Program in order to identify and implement cost effective and energy efficient opportunities at the facility.
Vacuum Cycle Nucleation is a new technology that could potentially replace a multi-stage ultrasonic system. The purpose of this project was to determine if VCN is an environmentally preferable and economically feasible alternative to ultrasonic cleaning. In order for VCN to prove effective, it must be able to clean precision parts effectively and at a lower cost with minimal usage of chemicals. NYSP2I developed a VCN test program to clean various parts, and compared costs to Ultrasonic Cleaning System.
Keen Home, Inc. has developed a unique building control system targeting energy savings through intelligent control of individual Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) room vents. The Smart Vent™ system and a common force air HVAC equipped home with baseline manual vents had to be compared in order to evaluate the relative energy efficiency and occupant comfort. NYSP2I’s conducted a 3rd party assessment of the energy efficiency gains and occupant comfort associated with Keen Home, Inc.’s Smart Vent™.
Locust Hill Country Club, located in Pittsford, NY is one of 30 out of 933 golf course that have achieved certification by Audubon International as Cooperative Sanctuaries, a program for golf courses that demonstrate their commitment to the environment by meeting standards for protecting water quality, conserving natural resources, and providing wildlife habitats. One of the gaps identified by Audubon International in Locust Hill's operations is the lawn mower washing, in which wastewater from the washing is sent through an underground tank and discharged into a town-approved wooded area nearby. This overflow sometimes creates undesirable odor problems. NYSP2I worked with Locust Hill to evaluate opportunities to reduce water use and recycle water from the mower cleaning operations.
MechoSystems, Inc. is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of solar-shading and room-darketing solutions for commercial and residential window applications. The main challenge for MechoSystems was the ability to quickly easily answer customer inquiries regarding product content. In response, NYSP2I performed a full assessment of MechoSystems current procurement program.
Tristar, Ltd. is a manufacturer of fabricated components and equipment, including remanufactured filtration systems. Remanufacturing is an important means of extending the life of a product and reducing environmental impacts. Tristar sought to quantify energy reduction, suspended solid removal efficiency, and increased throughput for their newly designed EDG-trac Kife Advance System as compared to a traditional system. NYSP2I conducted a comparative analysis of the two systems
Paradigm of New York, LLC (Paradigm) is a Rochester, NY based company that designs and manufactures control systems, targeting improvements in operating efficiency and emissions for power generation systems. The global market for diesel engines is three times that of the US, offering Paradigm the opportunity to have a significant impact on global emissions and fuel savings. RIT evaluated the performance of Paradigm’s emission reducing “Reactor” by measuring exhaust gas emissions with & without the reactor present.
Acro Industries, Inc. is a Rochester-based, privately owned, contract metal finishing manufacturer that strives for continuous improvement throughout its business. While Acro has maintained a Quality Management System through ISO 9001 since 1997, pressure from customers regarding conformance to an Environmental Management System (EMS), such as ISO 14001, heightened in 2014. Acro recognized not only the need to address the pressure from customers, but also the opportunity to differentiate themselves with larger companies that commonly seek sustainable suppliers with ISO certifications. An EMS would also foster Acro’s commitment towards continuous improvement through more effective measurement and monitoring techniques, ultimately resulting in opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs.
North Country Biogas, LLC (NCB) supplies, manufactures and installs anaerobic digesters in the United States. They have developed a unique anaerobic digestion process, capable of utilizing up to 100% food waste. NCB requested the Green Technology Accelerator Center to identify, quantify and characterize the available organic waste within 100 miles of Madrid, NY.
CPAC Equipment, Inc. (CPAC), manufactures Class II, dry heat sterilizers, which are used in medical, dental and ophthalmology practices for sterilizing a variety of medical instruments. CPAC’s Cox RapidHeat™ Transfer (CRH) sterilizer functions using high velocity hot air as opposed to steam. NYSP2I evaluated the CRH sterilizer and two commercially available table-top steam sterilizers.
Cincinnatus Home Center provides a wide variety of products to consumers including lumber, home improvement supplies, power equipment, groceries, and gardening materials. They needed expert advice on how to reduce their environmental footprint in areas like water conservation, food waste, and chemical reduction. NYSP2I conducted an assessment to identify cost saving opportunities to improve environmental performance.
CM&M Industries, Inc. (CM&M) is a manufacturer of cementitious veneers, landscaping products, and engineered stone. CM&M requested NYSP2I to evaluate their new Phase 3 concrete product by testing to ASTM standards for comparison to concrete products currently available on the market. This work is requested as a next step toward expanding CM&M’s Phase 3 manufacturing process to production. A further goal of the project was to document the Phase 3 manufacturing process and mixing instructions for CM&M’s new concrete material.
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Rohrbach’s), in downtown Rochester, NY, has been brewing handcrafted beverages since 1991. Their ales, lagers, and sodas are sold mainly in western New York but some are sold direct to customers through their restaurant and brewery tasting roomand distributed to other restaurants, bars and retail outlets. NYSP2I examined Rohrbach’s operations to establish a baseline and identify areas for improvement. NYSP2I used its comprehensive supply chain sustainability assessment tool, developed using internationally accepted guidelines.
Fox Run Vineyards, a family owned business, is comprised of fifty acres of vineyards on Seneca Lake whose winery produces 15,000 cases annually. With sustainable practices in both vineyard and cellar, Fox Run adheres to a low impact agricultural philosophy of protecting the diverse ecosystem present on its land and the pristine waters of Seneca Lake. NYSP2I expanded on current efforts at Fox Run by conducting a supply chain sustainability assessment using a tool developed by NYSP2I which uses internationally accepted guidelines.
Centrotherm Eco Systems, LLC (Centrotherm), Albany, N.Y. provides a product portfolio focused on advanced energy-saving technology for residential and commercial structures. Their InnoFlue® product line features venting systems designed for high efficiency furnaces, hydronic boilers and water heating equipment. The goal of this project was to analyze and compare Centrotherm’s InnoFlue® product to polyvinylchloride (PVC/CPVC) flue ducting and summarize the environmental impact and risk for high efficiency, heating exhaust system applications.
O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc. (O-AT-KA) is a manufacturer of milk and dairy products including canned milk, powdered milk, butter, and ready-to-drink nutritional and other specialty beverages.The demand for “green suppliers” in the supply chain has created the opportunity for sustainable organizations to become preferred business partners.
River Road Research is an early stage technology development company with offices in Tonawanda, NY and Irwindale, CA. They were recently awarded a patent for a method to produce melanin from food waste. Melanin is an organic polymer of quinone molecules, long known to have interesting physical and electrical properties but historically difficult to produce.
The market need for energy storage resources has been rapidly expanding in recent years. River Road Research recognized the potential melanin could have to impact this market and worked with NYSP2I and Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Battery Prototype Center to evaluate the electrochemical performance of melanin in multiple battery designs, including capacity, rate capability, as well as battery lifecycle.
Glenora Wine Cellars (Glenora), located in Dundee, NY on Seneca Lake, produces a variety of wines and hosts many events at their winery and inn throughout the year. Glenora was the first winery on Seneca Lake, opening in the 1970’s. NYSP2I’s assessment tool was used to examine common components from internationally accepted sustainability guidelines, standards and protocols. The objective was to identify opportunities for improvement and determine Glenora’s preparedness to fully share their sustainability story with their customers and stakeholders.
Tops Store 365 is located in Manlius, NY, employs 30 full time associates and has approximately 28,000 square feet of retail space. The store is comprised of the following departments: deli, butcher, bakery/pastries, dry/canned goods, fresh produce, and dairy case. Through the Sustainable Grocer Pilot Project, NYSP2I aims to identify cost effective solutions to conserve water, reduce toxic and hazardous materials in cleaning products, and manage organic and food wastes. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the environmental footprint of the NYS grocery industry.
Ecovative Design, LLC (Ecovative) is a materials science company developing a new class of high-performance products which serve as environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional foam packaging and insulation. Ecovative wanted to compare the environmental impacts of the three ways they package materials, and optimize their manufacturing process. NYSP2I mapped the new manufacturing processes through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate the full environmental impacts.
M.C.M. Natural Stone Inc. is a manufacturer of granite countertops, landscaping products, fireplace surrounds and accent pieces. M.C.M. is currently expanding their business to include the recovery and reuse of granite waste to produce 100% recycled granite pavers, veneers and mosaics, known as “Bella Terra™” products. M.C.M. requested that NYSP2I’s Sustainable Supply Chain & Technology Program evaluate their Bella Terra™ Granite Pavers for mechanical performance and determine if they are a viable alternative to other manufactured paver products on the market.
Baldwin Richardson Foods manufacturers and supplies custom developed products and ingredients for the food service industry and consumer packaged goods companies. NYSP2I used a supply chain sustainability assessment tool, as developed by NYSP2I, to perform an assessment at Baldwin Richardson Foods. This assessment inquired about various common components of internationally accepted sustainability guidelines.
Knowlton Technologies, located in Watertown, New York is a world-wide leader in design, accelerated prototyping, and manufacture of wet-laid nonwovens in filtration, friction, and custom designed composite webs. The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) evaluated opportunities related to water use reduction/recovery, energy use reduction, and toxics reduction.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ecologic Solutions, Inc. is a manufacturer of non-toxic commercial cleaning solutions. Ecologic had an opportunity for growth in the retail food sector and needed a vehicle for articulating the environmental benefits of their products. Ecologic requested that NYSP2I’s Sustainable Supply Chain & Technology Program create a web-based comparative hazard assessment tool to demonstrate differences in the environmental and human health impacts of Ecologic’s Electrical Chemical Activation (ECA) technology and other baseline technologies.
LED Display Technology, Inc. (dba US Applied Physics Group) manufactures lighting fixtures that use proprietary optical components, innovative heat management technology and LED’s. USAPG is located at the Stony Brook Incubator in Calverton, NY. USAPG sought to find an environmentally & cost conscious alternative to the metal halide parking lot lamps located at the Stony Brook Incubator. NYSP2I provided a comparison of LED parking lot lamps & the current lamps.
Isolation Sciences, LLC of Williamsville, NY was formed in 2006 to address the problems of rapid and continuous access to contaminated medical and laboratory areas. In 2012, Isolation Sciences released a new product called the Continuous Access Port (CAP) that fills the gap between a partially open laboratory fume hood door and the fume hood table top, allowing access to the contaminated area while isolating the surrounding lab area and operator. NYSP2I, funded under the Green Technology Acceleration Center and in collaboration with RIT’s Facilities Management Services and Environmental Health and Safety departments, provided an independent third-party evaluation of the CAP device in a fume hood operating under the device’s target application.
International Paper is a leading global producer of packaging, paper, and pulp, with 55,000 employees operating in 24 countries. One location on Lake Champlain in Ticonderoga, New York is a 700,000+ square foot facility, with nearly 600 employees that manufactures 900 tons per day of uncoated free sheet white paper. Many pulp and paper manufacturers, like International Paper, are continuously working to reduce their environmental footprint and promote sustainability by ensuring responsible management of natural resources and improving all aspects of their value chain. The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), in partnership with CITEC, INc. (The Regional Technology Development Center) and Clarkson University performed a Lean, Energy, and Environment (LE2) assessment project to evaluate the paper manufacturing operation at the International Paper Ticonderoga mill.
Mooseberry Soap Co. LLC, (Mooseberry) is a producer of various personal care products made from natural and organic ingredients, with no preservatives, no petroleum products and no FD&C colorants or dyes. Mooseberry requested that NYSP2I’s Sustainable Supply Chain & Technology Program provide assistance in seeking an organic designation through the NSF/ANSI 305-2012 standard for personal care products that contain organic ingredients.
The Global Peroxygens Division of FMC Corporation (FMC) operates seven plants around the world that produce hydrogen peroxide, persulfates, and peracetic acid (PAA) based products. FMC requested that NYSP2I’s Green Technology Accelerator Center evaluate the performance of VigorOx® WWT II at the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Plant in Potsdam, NY. Because the plant utilized ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, this study location allowed synergies between PAA and UV to be explored.
Finch Paper LLC specializes in uncoated paper for digital and traditional printing markets. They employ over 650 people and manufacture more than 250,000 tons of paper per year from its integrated pulp and paper mill in Glens Falls, New York. Finch has had an environmental stewardship commitment right from the beginning when their founders recognized that the papermaking business could only be sustained with healthy forests. Finch Paper turned to NYSP2I for an analysis of two areas within their operations: ammonia recovery and heat recovery.
Ecovative Design, LLC (Ecovative) is a materials science company developing a new class of high-performance products which serve as environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional foam packaging, insulation, and other plastic-based materials. Ecovative requested that NYSP2I’s Sustainable Supply Chain & Technology Program provide assistance in obtaining certification through the Biodegradable Products Institute. Ecovative required disintegration testing to the ISO 16929 “Determination of the degree of disintegration of plastic materials under defined composting conditions in a pilot-scale test”, to satisfy the BPI certification requirements
Omniafiltra is an Italian-owned company specializing in the manufacturing of specialty paper for niche markets, including a variety of filtration media and absorbent boards. Omniafiltra wanted to identify improvement opportunities related to chemical usage, energy/waste consumption, waste discharge, and operational costs in the paper making process. The company was already interested in reducing fresh water consumption by installing a wastewater recovery system.
All Fabric Cleaners, located at 2316 North Ocean Avenue, Farmingville, New York operated with a toxic chemical called perchloroethylene (perc), as their dry cleaning solution for 15 years. The owner, Yong Choi was interested in the promise that professional wet cleaning is not only healthier for the environment and his employees but it can clean many garmets better than perc.
American Aerogel (AAC) develops and manufactures performance-leading aerogel-based insulation products currently used in thermal packaging systems. AAC founders initiated research in 1999 and successfully perfected the process to manufacture organic monolith aerogels, having developed a new “High-R value” insulation material with inherent characteristics that make it an exceptional thermal insulator. American Aerogel requested NYSP2I to assist in the identification of potential clients and with the administration of a requirements survey. The objective was to identify the key requirements of food manufacturers and transporters in the Finger Lakes Region of NY State, and connect AAC with these potential clients.
Epiphergy, LLC (Pittsford, NY) has developed and demonstrated a unique (patent-pending) bioprocess that enables the conversion (“upcycling”) of a wide variety of compostable materials and organic wastes, including food/beverage waste, into ethanol fuel, animal feed and organic fertilizer. Epiphergy requested that NYSP2I’s Green Technology Accelerator Center evaluate their pilot process to determine the ethanol producing capability and the environmental impact of the process. NYSP2I structured the project to document the process yields, identify improvements, accelerate commercialization opportunities, market expansion and job creation.
Complemar Partners, Inc. (Rochester, NY) manufactures and sells a line of cider purification equipment to apple cider processors across the country, including states where purification is not mandated by law. The CiderSure process utilizes ultraviolet (UV) light to purify cider by eliminating E. coli, controlling cryptosporidium and Salmonella. The CiderSure UV light cider purification process is an alternative to thermal pasteurization. Complemar approached NYSP2I’s Green Technology Accelerator Center to obtain a third party comparative evaluation of their most popular CiderSure model. The objective of the project was to evaluate a CiderSure unit in operation and compare the operational costs to a typical or common thermal pasteurization process used for cider purification.