HARRISBURG- Two organizations in Centre County have been awarded a total of $280,959 in state grants to encourage the use of energy efficient alternative fuels, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre).
The Pennsylvania State University received a grant of $160,959 to design, develop and fabricate a production quality hybrid prototype vehicle. The vehicle would compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition titled “EcoCar: The Next Challenge.”
Matson and Associates will receive a grant of $120,000 to evaluate the conversion efficiency and longevity of converting standardized feedstock mixtures at near critical reaction conditions.
“Both projects are aimed at reducing air pollution and lessening the state’s dependency on foreign oil,” Corman said. “These grants will help us to promote alternative fuels vehicles and other energy efficient products.”
Funding for the grants comes from the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which was created by Act 166 of 1992.
“With rising gas prices and concern for the environment, consumers are demanding alternatives to oil,” said Corman said. “We need to look for innovative ways to provide more of our own energy in this nation rather than continue our over-dependence upon foreign sources of expensive energy.”
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