R & D Portfolio

Interested Companies: The Energy Center invests in and recruits early-stage, growth-oriented, investment-worthy technology companies to rural southwestern and southern Virginia.

Representative examples from our portfolio include:

Biochemical conversion process for transforming inedible lignocellulosic biomass to pure lignin, liquid fuel, biochemicals, and animal feed.
On-board fuel tanks for compressed natural gas vehicles-lighter, stronger and less expensive than existing options.
Novel process for purifying landfill gas and other diluted methane containing gases, to pipeline.
We also assist in the development and finance of small-scale energy and resource production projects, most preferentially using technology developed by our portfolio companies.

In pursuing our work we are closely aligned with the Research and Development program of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.