But as the recent renewable energy conference in Rochester showed, the alternative fuel discussion is not just about ethanol. Investments here and nationwide span a wide range of technologies, such as solar, wind, fuel cell and more.
Here are a few examples:
- Wakonda Technologies, which is developing solar cells under separate research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Air Force. There is a description of Wakonda's work in this newsletter.
- Noble Environmental Power, a Connecticut-based wind energy company. Noble is working on developing a 67-turbine wind farm this year in Bliss, Wyoming County and has a second proposal on the way. According to Greater Rochester Enterprise, there are more than 60 companies locally with the ability to manufacture components for turbines.
- Coler Natural Insulation, which provides materials like recycled blue jeans for use as insulation. The company believes the bio-based materials are more energy efficienct.
If there is going to be a solution using alternative energy, it is likely to require bits and pieces of a wide-range of technologies, as investors in our region have apparently discovered.