Resilient Energy

In the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, New York State set out to revisit its approach to energy infrastructure to be more resilient and sustainable. Through the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, a multitude of state agencies are coordinating as never before to promote innovation and secure new investments that will make cleaner,......

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A Floating Train Modernizes

If a freight train wants to cross the Hudson River from Jersey City into Brooklyn, it has only two options: (1) cross a bridge 140 miles north in Albany or (2) ride a rail barge across the river. After years of inactivity, the barge operation was bought by the Port Authority of New York and......

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Dredging P3

Altogether, the 140 harbors and channels that comprise the Great Lakes are the fourth largest economic zone in North America. The Great Lakes are also the largest freshwater system in the world. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has the responsibility to operate and maintain these harbors and channels, but turned to a P3......

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Greening a Treatment Plant

New York City leaders must constantly overcome the challenges of wastewater management, flood protection, and pollution reduction resulting from the city’s dense population. Adding to these challenges, 2012’s Superstorm Sandy revealed the significant vulnerabilities of Brooklyn’s 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant. Flooding in the building itself, coupled with an onslaught of stormwater, resulted in the......

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Listening to Pipes

Being able to identify which pipe is about to burst would lessen headaches and save money, but there is no easy way to predict which pipe is in most need of replacement. The City of Syracuse “Innovation Team” (i-Team) found a technology-based solution: magnetic sensors on water mains. Launched as a pilot program in the......

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