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The Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) was established in December 2008 by President Doug Whitlock with a vision of developing an interdisciplinary program utilizing public and private partnerships to engage in research to foster development of a regional biofuels industry.

In addition to the research and development of alternative fuels, EKU CRAFT researches the applications of alternative energy sources for the production of plastics, pharmaceuticals, and other petroleum-based products.

In little more than two years of operation, as many as 10 research faculty, five graduate students and more than 15 undergraduates have actively conducted research for CRAFT. In October of 2010, CRAFT celebrated the grand-opening of its “state-of-the-art” research facility that boasts two large laboratories for biomass analysis and algae research, as well as a smaller lab for algae incubation and microbiology research.

Academic disciplines currently represented include chemistry, agriculture, biology, environmental sciences and economics. As CRAFT’s research expands, even more academic areas will be included.

In addition to its current research and development efforts, CRAFT provides educational outreach services to educators, students, organizations and the general public interested in learning more about renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.

Mission Statement
EKU CRAFT is a University Center focused on developing new technologies and industries in alternative fuels and energy through research and external partnerships such as private industries, educational institutions and government agencies.

Vision Statement
Become a premier center for the advancement of emerging bio-energy technologies that create economic and social reward for our growing world.


  • Foster opportunities that engage faculty, staff, students and external partners in developing sustainable and environmentally sound energy industries with emphasis on utilization of biomass for alternative fuels.
  • Create educational and outreach opportunities in sustainable energy that support the mission and goals of Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Provide economic development for the region and commonwealth through alternative energy industries.
  • Assist the U.S. in becoming more energy self sufficient.
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