From the Editor's Desk - Energy & The Environment

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Energy & The Environment Issue

Everybody watches the energy markets. We are beings of energy and consume it in great quantities and various forms to sustain ourselves and our sometimes lavish lifestyles. As luck would have it, we appear to be running out of it, and so must find alternative methods of producing energy so that we can continue to live.

Our cover story is about the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, the people who work there and the marvelous things that come out of it. AERTC is the manifest vision of the late Dr. John Marburger. When Dr. Marburger was president of Stony Brook University, he embraced the dream of developing it into a “Berkeley of the East”. He believed the squeaky new ‘Brook, scarcely 30 years old, previously a tiny little teacher’s college in Oyster Bay - with room to grow on 480 acres of land donated by the Ward Melville Foundation - had the potential to evolve into one of the most prestigious universities in the US. Almost thirty years later, Robert Catell, then President of Keyspan Energy, and Dr. Yacov Shamash, Dean of Engineering at Stony Brook sat with Tom DiNapoli, NY State Comptroller, at a diner in Manhasset and sketched out the idea for the Energy Center on a napkin. When they brought the idea to State Senator Ken LaValle, he shared their enthusiasm. We hope the words and graphics in this issue of The Corridor give you an idea of what a fantastic achievement the AERTC is, physically and practically, by those who made Dr. Marburger’s vision a reality.

“If you want to understand the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

The high cost of energy is the most hotly debated and controversial subject that permeates every aspect of our lives. We have some answers. Four money experts from different disciplines give us their perspective on Your Energy Dollars.

One of the perks of this job is finding creative entrepreneurs who invest in their dreams. We have four “Great Ideas”, some of which are previously unpublished, environmental/energy related “inventions” that we believe will make great contributions to society. This is “Save The World” technology currently available and production-ready. One of them will clean our oceans and remediate brown fields, with an added bonus you won’t believe; a vertical wind turbine with an extra twist; PEOPLE Power from SUNY Farmingdale Labs; and the Super Battery from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Our Wind offerings are from the Sierra Club and Renewable Energy Long Island, and of course one of our Great Ideas. The allied energy industries on Long Island are so numerous and diverse, it is not possible to cover everything or everyone in these pages. We have chosen carefully instead, to present you with a number of ideas, products and concepts that perhaps you have not yet seen.

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