Harrisburg, Pa.-based Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) – an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking applicants capable of accelerating the commercialization of promising alternative energy technologies.
Multiple awards of up to $55,000 are made possible through a $250,000 grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration to BFTP. Technology-based companies with less than 500 employees in Pennsylvania are eligible.
‘This will help propel the governor's overall energy independence strategy forward, growing Pennsylvania's economy while simultaneously helping to address a major national priority,’ says Rebecca Bagley, deputy secretary for technology investment at the Department of Community and Economic Development.
The grant supports the costs of applied research activities, including – but not limited to – additional technical/laboratory work, additional market and competitive technology research, further examination/analysis of commercialization path options and implementation of beta tests.
Projects focusing on the following alternative energy portfolio standards Tier I energy sources receive priority: solar photovoltaic energy, wind power, low-impact hydro-power, geothermal energy, biologically derived methane gas, fuel cells, bio-mass energy and coal mine methane.
Deadline: April 10.
For more information: benfranklin.org.
SOURCE: Ben Franklin Technology Partners