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The greatest business opportunity of our time

01.31.2014

Source: EnergyPost

Amory Lovins, the founder of the famous Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, has written a book in which he presents an energy future without coal, oil or nuclear power. Yet he insists his is not a green or left-wing vision. On the contrary, it will save money and create wealth. “The energy transformation is the greatest business opportunity of our time.” 

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Using Bacteria To Harness The Energy Of Evaporating Water — New Method Of Electricity Generation Created

01.30.2014

Source: CleanTechnica

A new means of generating electricity, one that utilizes bacteria to harness the energy of evaporating water, has been created by researchers from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

The completely new means of generating electricity could potentially be used to capture the energy released by ponds, harbors, and other bodies of water when the Sun warms… read more »

US Solar Jobs Up To ~143,000

01.28.2014
The Solar Foundation just released its latest US solar jobs census, National Solar Jobs Census 2013. The key finding is that US solar jobs were up to at least 142,698 as of November 2013. That’s about 20% growth since the last solar jobs census, which had data up through September 2012. Overall US employment grew 1.9% in this period, so US solar jobs grew about 10 times faster!

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National Shout Out For Solar Energy Day #GoSolar

01.26.2014

Source: Ecopreneurist

With the interest and demand for wider adoption of renewable energy, solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the US, generating an estimated 13 gigawatts (GW) of clean renewable electricity and effectively employing 120,000 workers.

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Secretary Moniz Announces Nearly $50 Million to Advance High-Tech, Fuel Efficient American Autos

01.24.2014

Source: Energy.gov

WASHINGTON – At the Washington Auto Show today U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $50 million to accelerate research and development of new vehicle technologies that give drivers and businesses more transportation options and protect the environment in communities nationwide. This new funding includes support for the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a broader initiative launched in March 2012 to… read more »

Current Teams

Current Teams

Home Institution: CUNY
The Team
Principal Investigator - Alan Lyons (left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Beth Kujan (right)
Technical Lead - QianFeng Xu (left middle)
Research Scientist - Jen-Chieh Liu (right middle)
The Project

Currently, photovoltaic panels suffer from reduced energy output due (1) to reflection of incident light at the air-glass interface and (2) to accumulation of dust/pollen/ice on the exterior glass surface. 

This technology, proven in the lab to be both anti-reflective and self-cleaning, presents a breakthrough opportunity of up to 40% additional energy harvest. With PBNY funding the team has scaled-up to a continuous process and is producing 300 prototypes for field-testing through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), under DOE's SuNLaMP program.

This team has been accepted into the new CUNY iHUB incubator, won a 2015 National Innovation Award, received a Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships grant from NSF and presented Kleanboost data at NREL's 2016 PV Module Reliability Workshop. The team is active in the international Photovoltaic Quality Assurance Taskforce's Task 12 which is developing standards to measure soiling behavior across the globe.  

For news and information visit Kleanboost.com or follow ARLD on LinkedIn.

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Home Institution: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Team
Principal Investigator - Franciso de Leon (bottom right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Marc Diaz-Aguilo (top right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Matthew Terraciano (left)
The Project

C.TrAm is a piece of control and design software capable of computing the transient thermal behavior of power cable installations. It will help to reduce losses in cables and contribute to the overall efficiency of the power grid for potential savings of $30m/year. Improved monitoring will also reduce maintenance costs for potential savings of $100m/year. The team used the PowerBridgeNY funds to build and field test their software using data provided by Con Edison.

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Home Institution: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Team
Principal Investigator - Dariusz Czarkowski (top left)
Principal Investigator - Francisco de Leon (bottom left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Mariusz Bojarski (right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Abhirami Viswakumar (middle)
The Project

This project is focused on resonant power inverters optimized for wireless power transfer to make wireless charging simpler and more efficient. Wireless charging of electric vehicles is an exciting opportunity for the proliferation of electric vehicles, especially in a city environment. The team will use the PowerBridgeNY funds to design and build a prototype for EVs while also exploring other potential markets, including robotics.

This team recently signed a licensing deal and will commercialize the technology through HEVO.

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Home Institution: Cornell University
The Team
Principal Investigator - Genggeng Qi (bottom left)
Principal Investigator - Brenda Fisher (bottom right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Emmanuel Giannelis (top left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Simon Cen (top right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Paco Royano (top middle)
The Project

The team’s high efficiency solid sorbents that show superior carbon capture performance (up to 800% higher), a low energy penalty for regeneration (>50% lower), and a simplified process design (30% lower in capital) compared to current benchmark carbon capture technology. The PowerBridgeNY funds were used to scale up production to the 10kg level.

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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Principal Investigator - Roger Anderson (left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Ariel Fan (right)
The Project

Grid Symphony will save billions of dollars for utilities by reducing 60-80% of energy lost in transmission and distribution by avoiding structural redundancies, strengthening grid resiliency and lowering electricity costs for all. The team’s forecasting software predicts demand, battery capacity, and weather to control and optimize electric grids at every scale. 

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Home Institution: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Team
Principal Investigator - Francisco de Leon (right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Saeed Jazebi (left)
The Project

HIGHEST Transformers (HIGH Efficiency Shielded Toroidal transformers) are designed to help distribution network operators save energy. HIGHEST transformers have higher efficiency, greater over-load capability, and increased reliability compared to the current standard. A HIGHEST transformer does not require oil; thus it is more environmentally friendly and is not as subject to explosions. The team used the PowerBridgeNY funds to build a commercial prototype and investigate potential business models.

HIGHEST Transformers recently received an SBIR award.

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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Principal Investigator - Kartik Chandran (right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Young Lee (left)
The Project

This project supports the advancement of transformative technologies that can help significantly reduce operational costs for both existing and future, water and wastewater treatment facilities.  These reductions can emanate from areas of concern such as energy consumption (cost savings of greater than 50%) and chemical consumption (cost savings of up to 100%).  Moreover, the technologies can provide solutions to broad applications, from the smaller facilities to the largest municipal wastewater treatment plants.

 The PowerBridgeNY award will help facilitate one of the first steps in the achievement of these transformative goals:  the development of an advanced platform for the monitoring/analyses of biological and chemical parameters in treatment processes.  The platform will consist of a completely automated drone based monitoring system that will allow for monitoring with a high degree of resolution in three dimensional space (x-y-z).  In addition, the platform can help detect problems as early as possible and thereby, help deter process down time.  

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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Co-Principal Investigator - Alan West (right middle)
Co-Principal Investigator - Scott Banta (left middle)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Tim Kernan (right)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Xiaozheng (left)
The Project

Alan West and Scott Banta have a means of producing fuels and chemicals from dilute CO2 and electricity. The process eliminates the need for crop-derived feedstocks, is scalable, and may allow a means of monetizing excess, intermittent electrical capacity. While the long-term market may be fuels, in the intermediate term we will focus on more valuable chemicals, with a goal of partnering to develop a large pilot facility. The short term focus will be on establishing a “minimal viable product,” which is a small-scale process integrating the key steps and containing a robust strain of the organism.

This team recently received a $500K award from the DOE to work with a mining partner to investigate the value of the technology for biomining. The team also received a $150K NSF Phase 1 STTR award in December 2016.

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Home Institution: Cornell University
The Team
Principal Investigator - Alex Yu (left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Siyu Huang (right)
Technical Advisor - Héctor D. Abruña (middle)
The Project

Lionano (the “Company”) is a supplier of high-performance, high-quality materials for lithium-ion battery manufacturers. The Company has developed a proprietary, nano-engineered material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) that delivers improved energy density (2x), enhanced cycle life (2-3x) and costs 50% less than the most advanced cathode material on the market. The Company has scaled up production of the material to 50kg per batch, verified the product via independent testing, and sold its patented product to major electric vehicle (EV) battery suppliers. The material is tailored for batteries used in EVs, consumer electronics and stationery energy storage. It provides an energy density of 220-400 watt-hour per kilogram (Wh/kg), more than twice that of the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) systems currently used in the majority of EVs. The Company has been awarded from sources such as federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and other state government grants. The Company has obtained an exclusive worldwide technology license from Cornell University for the commercialization of an advanced material. The Company has its own research and prototyping labs located in the McGovern Center incubator at Cornell University, and produces material with the majority of that volume sold to customers around the globe.

The team recently closed their Series A round.
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Home Institution: CUNY
The Team
Principal Investigator - Yiannis Andreopoulos (left)
Principal Investigator - Niell Elvin (top)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Oleg Goushcha (right)
The Project

This project seeks to replace batteries in HVAC sensors by harvesting electrical energy from the fluid flow inside an HVAC duct. The module is a source of continuous and non-depleting energy that will generate more power and be cheaper to maintain than competitors. The PowerBridgeNY funds will be used to build a prototype of the sensor and field test it in a commercial building.

The team recently found an in-field testing site and looks forward to beginning the tests this summer.

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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Principal Investigator - John Kymissis (middle)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Shyuan Yangv (top)
Technical Lead - Fabio Carta (bottom)
The Project

plugSTRATE has a proprietary connector design and a modern architecture which enables the development of ultra-low-cost, multi-parameter monitoring units. The low cost, combined with native wireless capability, allows real-time data collection and analysis from a large number of monitors which increases audit efficiency, improves data quality, and reduces costs for both auditors and clients. With the PowerBridgeNY funds, the team will investigate the IP landscape and determine how scale up will affect the overall cost of the product.

Plugstrate also won "Best demo" at the NYC Media Lab symposium earlier in 2015.

We can congratulate team members Fabio and Shyuan on successfully defending their theses and on their new positions (Fabio is at IBM and Shyuan is at Apple).

The technology will be absorbed by Radiator Labs, which recently won an NSF Phase 1 STTR award to develop the technology into a temperature sensor.

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Home Institution: Stony Brook University
The Team
Principal Investigator - Lei Zuo (pictured)
Technical Lead - Teng Lin
The Project

The team has formed a company called Energy Harvesting Technology. Our technology provides the railroad industry with the ability to harvest & capture energy from the vibrations  of passing trains and then produce predictable & reliable  “remote” trackside electricity to  power a number of trackside railroad applications (via sensors, wireless connectivity).   The result:  A way for railroads to improve train safety and more reliably monitor track conditions in “remote areas.” In 2015 the team successfully completed a prototype and tested the device at the Technology Transportation Center. Since that time, the team has worked to refine the prototype and hopes to begin pilot testing soon.

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Home Institution: CUNY
The Team
Technical Lead - Ardavan Yazdanbakhsh (top left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Sandy Rampaul (bottom left)
Advisor - Larry Bank (top right)
Advisor - Dominick Pilla (bottom right)
The Project

Fiberglass (FRP) wind turbines came to New York State in 2000. The maximum service life of FRP wind blades is 20 years. FRP recycling is energy-intensive and expensive, which is discouraging to investors of wind energy industry. This CUNY team is presenting a less energy-intensive recycling approach, where the recyclates can be incorporated in commercially used concrete, and potentially other construction materials.

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Home Institution: NYU College of Arts and Sciences
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Ken Birnbaum (left)
Technical Lead - Keith Arora-Williams (right)
The Project

This NYU team has developed an innovative process using microfluidics and fluorescent detection to rapidly evolve new algal strains that increase production of valuable products. They plan to license new strains as new cultivars with higher oil content for the biofuel industry. However, to first enter the market, they will produce algal strains for the biofuel industry’s co-product health supplement market by optimizing the production of products such as the anti-oxidant astaxanthin.

The team is in the process of testing the effectiveness of their technology using a commercial algae strand provided by a current astaxanthin producer.

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Home Institution: Stony Brook University
The Team
Technical Lead - Miriam Rafailovich (top left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Ron Tabbitas (top middle)
Entrepreneurial Lad - Mike Rubino (top right)
Advisor - Wayne Gutschow (bottom left)
Advisor - Corrine Graham (bottom right)
Fuel Cell Industry Business Development Consultant - Rene Dubois
Doctorate Level Student Lead for Technology Development - Hong Fei Li
The Project

The market potential for PEM fuel cells operating on hydrogen and air with platinum catalysts in varied vehicular and stationary applications is constrained due to high cost and low efficiency. MEAn Technologies, proprietary process boosts power output by 40%, provides extended operation at lower voltage and temperature and is a significant breakthrough enabling access to growing markets for clean energy.

  • We have contracted with Fuel Cell Etc. for third party validation and have a signed LOI with Fuel Cell Etc. to explore the development of a NYS Centric manufacturing company upon validation.
  • We have an arrangement with Renewable Energy Holdings, LLC for the use of a 5 cell Fuel Cell that is being set up at Fuel Cell Etc. for validation testing of a stack with multiple cells. Their President,Mike Striziki, has engaged us as an industry expert and consultant focused on integrating our technology into his offerings.
  • We are coating membranes for Ballard Power for testing in their commercial test protocols. 
  • We have submitted application for a DOE grant award to further fund and develop our technology.
  • We have been selected as an "Idea Champion" for StonyBrook University's "Innovation Boot Camp" scheduled for 3/2016.

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Home Institution: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Team
Technical Lead - Gamal Khalid (left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Filip Mlekicki (right)
The Project

There are currently 3 million contaminated sites globally, costing an annual $36 Billion+ to remediate. The optimization of cleanup operations for these sites has become a technical challenge worldwide. Recognizing the need for increasing the efficiency of site sampling practices, ChromoSense has developed a proprietary in-situ sensor protection device that enabling long-term remote monitoring of contaminated sites, saving cost and energy.

The team has a fully executed license agreement between ChromoSense and NYU. The team is the process of applying for an NSF SBIR grant as well as pursuing piloting opportunities and grants with the USGS.

Recent publications include:

Adam Neal, Austin M. Rountree1, Craig W. Philips, Terrance J. Kavanagh, Dominic P. Williams, Peter Newham, Gamal Khalil, Daniel L. Cook, Ian R. Sweet, “Quantification of low-level drug effects using real-time, in vitro measurement of oxygen consumption rate” ToxSci Advance Access published September 22, (2015).

Jill L. Worlinsky, Steven Halepas, Masoud Ghandehari, Gamal Khalil and Christian Brückner, “High pH sensing with water-soluble porpholactone derivatives and their incorporation intoa Nafion® optode membrane”, Analyst, 140 (1), 190 – 196 (2015).


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Home Institution: CUNY
The Team
Technical Lead - Jorge Gonzalez (top left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Stephen Neufeld (top middle)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Luis Ortiz (top right)
Advisor - Mark Arend (bottom left)
Advisor - Tom Legbandt (bottom right)
The Project

This CUNY team has developed a weather driven energy forecasting system with days-ahead, zero-touch capabilities. The technology couples a building energy model with a weather forecasting system allowing for prediction of energy demands for every building in an entire city simultaneously. This allows the team to bring detailed information to energy managers, traders, and other stakeholders to make more informed decisions.

The team has successfully completed a pilot project at City College of New York and has incorporated as WeatherWatt.

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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Technical Lead - Ray Sambrotto (left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Frana James (right)
The Project

Toxic waste contamination prevents the full use of real estate and depresses property values.  We provide property owners and their site managers with a cost effective, energy efficient, clean-up technology based on bacteria in an engineered setting.  We consult with clients on the appropriate, regulatory-approved application of our product to obtain the maximum appreciation of land values.

The team is working to set up a pilot project in Summer 2017 to prove their remediation technique can significantly reduce concentrations of recalcitrant pollutants such as PCBs and VOCs.

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Home Institution: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Jeffrey Laut (left)
Technical Lead - Maurizio Porfiri (right)
The Project

Collecting water quality data is presently a time-consuming, tedious, and expensive process that this project seeks to advance. The envisioned product is a small-scale solar-powered robotic vehicle that affords autonomous aquatic data collection. Through added mobility, this technology will decrease the number of sensors and amount of manpower needed for data collection in aquatic environments.
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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - April Tian (left)
Technical Lead - Nanfang Yu (right)
The Project

Through our innovative paint products, we share the latest discoveries in nano-photonics with everyone, everywhere. While being 50% cheaper, our multi-function product makes your roof top cooler, more colorful, and cuts your air conditioning bill by 20%. Our products is compatible with all common roofing materials, making it a nice addition to both existing roofs and new roofs.

The team began conducting a pilot test with a roofer on Fall 2016, noting immediate reduction in roof temperatures after the application of the coating. They will continue to monitor the pilot site to test the durability the product for the coming year.

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Home Institution: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Baris Kovan (left)
Technical Lead - Francisco de Leon (right)
The Project

Proposed technology is a novel transformer design that mitigates harmonics to save energy and reduce electricity cost for the facility owner (i.e. Building) in addition to qualifying for rebates from the power utility. Some other benefits are minimizing flickering, equipment failures, false trips or power quality issues.

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Home Institution: Stony Brook University
The Team
Technical Lead - Devinder Mahajan (left)
Entrepreneurial Lead - Julia Hasty (middle)
Team Member - David Tonjes (right)
The Project

Methane sources (landfills, wastewater facilities) naturally produce hydrogen sulfide (H2S) contaminated "biogas" that pose nuisance to public. Once H2S is removed, methane can be harvested for power and fuel use. NanoSulf™ is a self-renewing catalytic process that improves over commercial H2S removal methods by requiring less frequent media changes and is a drop-in replacement, thus reducing capital and operational costs. The process is modular that moderates overall process cost by 30%.

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Home Institution: Columbia University
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Onur Cakmak (right)
Technical Lead - Ozgur Sahin (left)
The Project

Natural evaporation is an untapped source of renewable energy. Our patented technology enables power generation from evaporation at open bodies of water such as reservoirs of hydroelectric power plants. We made proof-of-concept devices that sit right above water surface and generate electricity as water evaporates through the device. Our technology promises renewable energy at a substantially lower upfront cost, as well as a lower overall cost throughout the life of the project. Another benefit of the technology is the conservation of water due to reduction of evaporative losses, which will provide an additional revenue stream in arid regions.

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Home Institution: CUNY
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Christopher Castro (middle right)
Technical Lead - Yiannis Andreopoulos (far right)
Team Member - Vasily Jorjadze (middle left)
Mentor - Martin Wolff (far left)
The Project

StarWind is a dual-purpose wind/hydro turbine. It’s teardrop shaped spiral bladed body, was designed to address the concerns of customers, and resolve issues plaguing conventional wind turbines. It easily allows rooftop installation and the full size 5-foot unit will generate 1 to 3 kW of output power from its enclosed axial-flux direct drive generator.

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Home Institution: CUNY
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Mark Ebrahim (middle right)
Technical Lead - Yuhang Ren (far right)
Mentor - John Humphrey (middle left)
Mentor - Diego Haddad (far left)
The Project

The project aims to develop super-capacitor buffered solar power packs for outdoor and off-grid renewable energy applications. An excellent match of electrical impedance between the solar panel and supercapacitor in our design will improve solar energy storage efficiency from 40-50% to 90% and nearly double battery lifetime. Benefits of the system w ill also be achieved with high power density, flexibility, and significantly reduced weight. We expect at least 20-30% balance of system decrease. our initial and target markets include off-grid video surveillance solution providers and portable power packs for emergency response teams, military mobile power systems, and outdoor enthusiasts.

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Home Institution: Stony Brook University
The Team
Entrepreneurial Lead - Tim Vercruysse (middle)
Technical Lead - Steven Skiena (left)
Mentor - Patrick Verdonck (right)
The Project

Trainspotting is a data service that automatically monitors freight trains to detect wheel drag conditions using novel computer vision and machine learning techniques and attribute fuel cost to individual train car wheels. This enables freight line operators to save up to 1% fuel cost and reduce unanticipated down time by proactively targeting maintenance activity. This will yield $200M in yearly fuel savings for the North American rail freight market translating to an estimated $33M yearly revenue. A geographically dispersed network of sensors will also allow Trainspotting to sell shipping data in the financial information market for $16M yearly revenue.

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Home Institution: Cornell Tech
The Team
CEO - Tomer Morad (left)
Mentor - David Levine (right)
The Project

In a world threatened by increasing energy consumption and waste, DatArcs is cutting data center equipment expenditure and energy costs by making better use of existing hardware. DatArcs Optimizer, the first feedback-based, non-intrusive and fully automatic dynamic tuning software for the server market, empowers servers to dynamically tune themselves to the currently running workload. The software, now in closed beta, is easy to install, is fully automatic, and achieves improved performance from existing hardware while consuming less energy. DatArcs is part of the Runway program in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute of Cornell Tech, NYC.

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