August 29th, 2015

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CCAT Energy

Advancing the application of renewable energy, hydrogen, and hydrogen-based technologies through planning, collaboration, and innovation.

The Energy Initiative at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. focuses on energy and infrastructure planning, renewable energy, and the advancement of hydrogen and hydrogen-based technologies. The objectives of the Energy Programs are to assess energy issues and create regional models for sustainable and reliable energy use; engage in energy planning and policy initiatives that will support partnerships with industry, government and academia; and facilitate solutions with advanced energy technologies.

Hydrogen Advancement

CCAT Energy works in cooperation with Connecticut’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry, state government, labor, and other stakeholders to advance the development, manufacture, and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, promote and develop markets, support and expand the supply chain, and increase jobs. CCAT Energy administers the Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition; is assisting in the development of a hydrogen and fuel cell industry “cluster”; and has developed Plan’s for Fuel Cell Economic Development for both the State of Connecticut as well as all the northeastern states.  In partnership with the US Small Business Administration and project partners, CCAT was worked to enhance and expand the emerging hydrogen and fuel cell cluster centered in the northeast by creating the North East Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster.

Energy and Infrastructure Planning

CCAT Energy works in cooperation with federal, state, and local government to encourage development of technically supported and environmentally sound energy plans for local and regional communities.  CCAT Energy plans are based on analytical modeling of energy loads, resources, and infrastructure, and community and environmental resources on a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform.  Current projects include the Local Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP) Initiative as well as on going energy planning and development of strategies for University of Connecticut campuses. 

Renewable Energy

CCAT Energy works in cooperation with state and local government, renewable energy advocates/organizations, and other stakeholders to develop and promote solutions with advanced renewable energy technologies. CCAT Energy seeks to develop initiatives to identify and assess potential renewable energy applications including low wind speed technology on agricultural sites, and low head hydropower. CCAT Energy also seeks to develop a monitoring program to collect and disseminate non-proprietary data on fuel cell and hydrogen technology operations.  Renewable energy projects that have been developed by CCAT Energy include Fuel Cells for Municipalities, and the Biodiesel Gran Program.