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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

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