Connecticut awards $3.1 million in biodiesel grants

By Erin Voegele | January 01, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 17, 2008, at 11:24 a.m. CST

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently announced the state has awarded more than $3 million in grants to support biodiesel projects. More than $900,000 will be awarded to three Connecticut-based universities to conduct biofuel quality testing and study different production methods and feedstocks. In addition, a total of $2.2 million in grants will be awarded to four biodiesel production facilities, which will be used to leverage more than $6 million in private investment.

Grants to the universities were awarded through the Fuel Diversification Grant Program, which is administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and funded by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The Fuel Diversification Grant Program was established to support research on biofuels production and biofuels quality testing.

Three Universities were awarded funding through the Fuel Diversification Grant Program:
  • The University of New Haven will receive $135,276 to identify species of algae from Long Island Sound that could be cultivated to produce biodiesel.

  • Yale University will receive $69,752 to research algae feedstock growth optimization.

  • The University of Connecticut will receive two grants. A $598,244 grant will be used to develop the capability for remote monitoring and build a biodiesel testing laboratory. A $97,000 grant will be used to conduct research on catalysts for conversion of biomass into biofuel.

Four biodiesel producers will receive funding through the Production Facility Grant Program, which offers grants to qualified facilities to purchase equipment or construct, modify or retrofit biodiesel plants. Grants awarded under the program cover 25 percent of the equipment or construction costs, up to a maximum of $3 million. The Production Facility Grant Program is also administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and funded by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Four biodiesel plants were awarded funding through the Production Facility Grant Program:
  • New Haven Harbor area-based Greenleaf Biofuels LLC will receive a $1,281,322 grant to help fund construction and equipment costs for a plant that will have an estimated 6.7 MMgy capacity. The facility will use a range of feedstocks, including waste and virgin vegetable oils. It will produce fuel used in the heating oil and transportation markets.

  • East Hartford-based DBS Energy Inc. will receive $503,844 in funding to help cover construction and equipment costs on a biodiesel-to-electricity production facility that will process waste and virgin vegetable oils into biodiesel for use in diesel generators. The plant will utilize technology developed at the University of Connecticut to process 250,000 gallons of biodiesel per year. Electricity generated at the facility will fall into the category of Class I renewable energy.

  • Southington-based BioDiesel One Ltd. will receive a $83,566 grant to invest in process automation and quality control equipment. The facility has an estimated production capacity of 3 MMgy. The plant will produce fuel used in the heating oil and transportation markets and will have the capacity to process a range of feedstocks, including waste vegetable oil and soybean oil.

  • New Haven Harbor-based CT Biodiesel LLC will receive $350,000 to help cover construction and equipment costs on a facility that will have a capacity of approximately 52 MMgy. It will produce biodiesel used in the heating oil, transportation and electric generation markets. The plant will have the capacity to process a range of feedstocks, such as soybean oil and waste vegetable oil.

"Our future and the future of our children depend on finding more efficient, less harmful sources to meet our growing energy needs," Rell said in a statement announcing the awards. "The Fuel Diversification Grant Program will help make it financially feasible for institutions to explore the use of sources such as agricultural products, algae and waste grease for energy production. The Production Facility Grant Program, which directly supports biodiesel production, is clear evidence of our commitment to this emerging industry sector."
 
 
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