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Renewable Energy Technology

ReNew_FuelADTEC received $1,986,765 in U.S. Department of Labor funding to create a career pathway in Renewable Energy Technology Education and capacity to deliver training, including curriculum development and the acquisition of faculty and equipment. This, coupled with$772,000 in funding for a renewable energy crops demonstration project through the Arkansas Delta WIRED initiative, established the Center of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technology Education (CERETE), based in Arkansas County. The Arkansas Department of Career Education provided $25,000 for development of the curriculum for the high school component of the career pathway. CERETE continues to support experimentation of renewable energy crops and agricultural processes related to renewable energy.

ADTEC’s focus on renewable energy technology has continued to evolve, as evidenced by the creation of the Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center (MBREC) in Crittenden County. This facility includes laboratories to support biofuel production technologies, labs to analyze fuel and lubricant properties, and a small engine test cell that supports entrepreneurs and researchers as they seek to develop new alternative fuels and lubricants. The facility also features a research-grade large engine test cell to determine the effects of biofuels and biolubricants on engine performance and durability, supporting equipment testing for transportation and agriculture industries. A second-generation micro-biodiesel refinery, developed by the University of Memphis for ASU Mid-South, is housed in the Center and serves as a production, research, and workforce development too. Technology needed to create a fully-integrated biomass-based biofuel refinery is in place, and capacity to produce alternative fuels for automobiles and jets is under development.

The MBREC houses career pathways in Renewable Energy Technology and Diesel/Biodiesel Technology. Funding includes $2,000,000, construction, from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; $100,000, biodiesel chemical analysis lab, Delta Regional Authority; $350,000, microrefinery, University of Memphis/U.S. Department of Energy.

ADTEC has been named a Top 10 national finalist for the prestigious Bellwether Legacy Award, to be presented by the Community College Futures Assembly in January 2014.

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