The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $100,000 Rural Business Enterprise grant to the not-for-profit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), based in East Hartford, Conn. The grant will be used to help determine the feasibility of alternative fuel plants in north-central Connecticut.
CCAT is currently leading several significant alternative fuel efforts—a $20-million, five-year coal/biomass to fuel program that tests technologies critical to creating alternative fuels from biomass and fossil sources for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency; the Connecticut State biodiesel program for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD); and regional collaborations to advance hydrogen fuel cell usage.
CCAT will partner with alternative fuel industry leaders to conduct the study. Solena, a sustainable energy firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., is developing facilities around the world to produce sustainable, non-petroleum sourced jet and diesel fuels. Fiberight, a leading edge clean technology company based in Catonsville, Maryland, focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels.