Operational Demonstration Program

CCEF’s Operational Demonstration (Op Demo) Program provides financing to help technology innovators and entrepreneurs advance development and commercialization of emerging clean energy technologies. The goal is to support growth of Connecticut’s clean energy industry, resulting in job creation, reduction in clean energy costs, environmental benefits and enhanced energy security.


The program is designed to build customer confidence in new products, investor confidence in emerging companies, and public and market awareness.


The program funds installation and testing of near-commercial technologies at representative customer host sites in Connecticut. 


The Op Demo Program is one of three New Technology Programs offered by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and Connecticut Innovations (CI). See www.ctcleanenergy.com/newtech for an overview of the three programs, including the Alpha Program, www.ctcleanenergy.com/alpha, and the Clean Tech Fund, www.ctinnovations.com/cleantech.

The Op Demo Program offers unsecured loans of up to $500,000 with favorable repayment terms and requires a one-third funding match. The Program is run as a competitive solicitation with two funding rounds per year. Two or more projects may be selected in each funding cycle. See the Program Announcements section below for important program dates.

If you have developed a new technology (or an innovative application of an existing technology), CCEF encourages you to take our Pre-Qualification Survey so that we can determine which program you may be eligible for. A list of eligible technology areas is provided below. Minimum eligibility requirements are summarized on the New Technology Programs Web page, www.ctcleanenergy.com/newtech, from which you can download the Pre-Qualification Survey. Once you submit your completed survey, you will receive a response from the New Technology Programs team directing you appropriately within five business days. Program guidelines and application materials are available on the respective program Web pages.


CCEF-funded new technology projects can involve full systems or system components representing product/process innovations in eligible technology areas, which include:

  • Electricity generation from renewable energy sources* or from waste energy recovery.
  • Electricity generation from nonrenewable energy sources using high-efficiency methods.
  • Combined heat and power.
  • Geothermal (ground source heat pumps) and solar thermal for heating/cooling.
  • Advanced energy efficiency and/or energy management systems for buildings and/or industrial processes.
  • Building envelope technologies.
  • Electricity infrastructure improvements, including energy storage for the electrical grid.
  • Fuel cells and hydrogen production.
  • Biomass and biofuel production for stationary electricity generation.
    * Click here for more information about what qualifies as renewable energy in Connecticut. 

For more information about eligibility requirements, see the New Technology Programs Web page, www.ctcleanenergy.com/newtech, and the Alpha or Op Demo Program Guidelines.

Example Op Demo Project

The Op Demo Program has provided a loan to support installation, testing and demonstration of an innovative 500-kilowatt hydrokinetic turbine system at Kirby Mill in Mansfield, Connecticut.  Click here to learn more.

Program Announcements

  • The upcoming funding round of the Op Demo Program is anticipated to begin accepting applications in May 2011.  

Program Guidelines and Application Materials

The Op Demo Program Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Application Form are provided at the links below. We recommend that you read through all of the program documentation before beginning work on your application.

For a one-page overview of the Op Demo Program Process, see: Op Demo Program Process Overview.


Links to Important Information