University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Cleco work together for alternative energy technologies

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CROWLEY, La. (KLFY)– The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Cleco representatives met at the alternative energy center in Crowley this afternoon to see the progress of ongoing projects.

Both the university and business are working together to evaluate alternative energy technologies.

The Cleco alternative energy center in Crowley boasts four pilot-scale projects. Darren Olagues, CEO of Cleco says the goal is to expand Louisiana’s Energy use beyond fossil fuels.

“It (Louisiana) gets talked about as an oil and gas state and we are and that will always be a major effort. We’re feeling the pain of that at the moment so diversification is critical…over the next ten years it’s going to be a different game. Going from research and technology and investing in that to putting it into practice in a significant way.”

The university is testing cutting edge like the concentrated solar power plant.

Dr. Terry Chambers with UL’s Engineering Department says it’s one of two plans in the country and the only one owned by a University.

“One of the things that we’re focused on is that we want it to always be true is that Louisiana is the energy state that everyone thinks of when they think of energy so whether that’s traditional oil and gas or renewables we want people to come to Louisiana to find out the way it’s done.”

The university, using various methods at Cleco’s alternative energy center, is also testing the conversion of local agricultural waste into full.

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