The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest single user of energy in the U.S., accounting for almost one percent of total U.S. energy consumption with approximately one-half of this energy consumption in the form of jet fuel — approximately 250,000 barrels per day.

Now the DoD is examining alternative fuels including coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology, a technology that has been used since the 1920s. The South African government used this technology to obtain fuel during the embargoes imposed by countries in opposition to apartheid.

The DoD and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) have partnered with Arcadis-Malcolm Pirnie and Avetec to assemble a team of “subject matter experts” from the federal Department of Energy, Harvard University, MIT, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Yale University.

Environmentalists have expressed concerns about the large amount of carbon dioxide released by conversion. In response the team is seeking experts in carbon capture, sequestration and reuse.

The effort at CCAT is exploring ways to reduce the carbon dioxide content as well as other pollutants generated. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 EAST HARTFORD — The Connecticut Technology Council is seeking nominations for the fastest growing technology companies in Connecticut.  The Fast Forty awards program, begun in 2008, recognizes technology companies on the basis of annual revenue growth. To be eligible companies need to have been in business for at least four years and have fourth year revenues of at least $3 million.

Awards will be presented in six technology verticals with one overall winner in each of the six following categories:, Software, IT Services, New Media/Internet/Telecom, Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy/Environmental Technology (including green technologies). The deadline for applications is May 31.  For more information visit ct.org.

 The Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) has partnered with Monster.com to offer Connecticut businesses, policy makers and residents real-time labor market data on a month-to-month basis through the Monster Employment Index.

The latest data shows continued growth in job postings. The Monster Employment Index (currently for January 2008 through March

2011) will be reflected on the Employment Index of the CERC Dashboards

(cerc.com/Content/Dashboard.asp), an interactive, Web-based tool

that provides “perspective on Connecticut’s competitive performance.”

The graphics presented in the dashboards use measures that benchmark the state’s current conditions and its growth in a number of categories,

including business, government, housing, transportation, “urban

vitality,” workforce and education.

The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of U.S. online job

demand based on a real-time review of millions of employer job

opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career

websites and online job listings.

According to Monster, “The index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.”

According to Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s director of research, “The Monster data is based on job postings which allows for a first-hand account about attitudes of employers with respect to their willingness to hire.”

“The data is a leading indicator to the employment figures published by

the Connecticut Department of Labor,” she added.

“There is a need to capture real-time analysis around the labor market at the local level for states to plan for the future including allocating resources to help enable continued job growth,” said Jesse Harriott, chief knowledge officer for Monster Worldwide.