Guest of honor: Binghamton’s Stanley Whittingham attends State of the Union

Dr. Stanley Whittingham attended President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday night highlighting Binghamton’s role in America’s growing battery economy. Whittingham, a Binghamton University professor and Nobel Prize winner, attended the State of the Union as a guest of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Last September, Whittingham and the New Energy New York team's work helped Binghamton University land over $113 million in state and federal dollars for the New Energy New York project, which aims to turn the Southern Tier into the nation’s hub for battery research and manufacturing.

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Koffman Innovations: KLAW Industries

Koffman member company KLAW Industries has come a long way since their days as a student run startup with a big idea! Founders Jacob Kumpon and Jack Lamuraglia took that big idea and turned it into a thriving business, creating a clean, eco friendly concrete product that is helping the environment and helping the bottom line of their customers. Learn more about KLAW and their journey with the Koffman in this month's "Koffman Innovations" feature with News Channel 34.

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EMPEQ Named Winner of NYSEG Ignition Grant

EMPEQ was named as a winner of an Ignition Grant from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG). The company’s Fast Site Survey was chosen as a recipient of the award due to the technology’s potential to a have a long-term, demonstrable impact on reducing carbon emissions – especially in Upstate New York.

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Koffman Clean Energy Company Enerpoly Closes $1.5M Seed Round

Enerpoly recently closed a $1.5 million seed round. Enerpoly develops zinc-ion batteries that offer a sustainable solution for stationary energy storage. Enerpoly’s patented technology uses cost-effective raw materials, such as zinc, which can be sourced in Sweden and Europe. This can contribute to the region’s global competitiveness within the fast-growing battery industry. Zinc-ion technology can help Europe catch up in the global race, in establishing both strategic autonomy and sustainability for its clean energy system.

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Koffman Southern Tier Incubator Named Semifinalists in Round 2 of the DOE’s Energy Program for Innovation Clusters Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named the semifinalists in the American-Made Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize Round 2. Twenty-four incubators and accelerators across the country were each awarded $50,000 in cash prizes for their high-impact ideas that support energy start-ups and entrepreneurs. The Koffman's proposal presented New Energy New York Charge Up, a bootcamp and microgrant program to address major gap areas for energy storage startups, powered by the New Energy New York battery innovation, manufacturing, and workforce development initiative.

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Koffman Innovations: Hub Controls

Hub Controls, the Koffman's first international company to locate its US headquarters at the KSTI, is making a name for itself in the heating and cooling space in Binghamton, North America and beyond! The company's hub controller eliminates energy waste in the home through automatic energy reduction technology. The thermostat-like device uses artificial intelligence and learning tools to operate in the background and hunt for wasted energy in a building’s heating or air conditioning. North American General Manager Brian Cregan met with News Channel 34 to discuss why the team sought out Binghamton as the perfect landing place to test their product.

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Koffman Innovations: Ashlawn Energy

This month's Koffman Innovations feature with News Channel 34 showcases vanadium battery manufacturer Ashlawn Energy, LLC. Ashlawn, founded in 2008 by energy researcher Norma Byron, produces batteries using vanadium, a metal that, in powder form, is added to a sulfuric acid solution producing a medium that is good for storing energy. The large scale batteries power buildings more efficiently by storing electricity at low-peak rates and discharging it at high-peak times. The best part? There’s no cost to purchasing or installing the system. Ashlawn makes its revenue from grid revenue paid by the New York State Public Service Commission.

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Koffman Southern Tier Incubator Company KLAW Industries awarded $500,000 from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Koffman Southern Tier Incubator startup company KLAW Industries has been awarded $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand their operations in Binghamton and further develop the technology behind their high-performance, low-carbon concrete product made from recycled materials. 

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Schumer brings Assistant U.S. Sec. of Commerce to Binghamton University, showing Biden Administration value of Southern Tier’s place in battery research

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo visited Binghamton University yesterday to meet with the New Energy New York coalition members and show the Biden Administration the value of the Southern Tier's place in battery research. The visit comes just weeks after New Energy New York's $113M award for battery research and development as part of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

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Shark Tank-backed Natrion unveils solid-state battery separator with near-zero fire risk

Mark Cuban-backed Natrion has unveiled its latest developments in solid-state battery manufacturing with the new LISIC278 separator in a traditional pouch cell. The separator allows for a higher thermal resistance than other EV batteries, decreasing the risk of fires and combustion. Additionally, the cell showed a 40 percent increase in the charge rate compared to a conventional battery with the same capacity.

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