Impact Bioenergy in Auburn will receive a $550,000 grant from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to implement a community-scale food waste biocycling project on Vashon Island.

The announcement came today from the state Department of Commerce, which administers the fund to advance research and development in clean power technologies.

Being located on an island, all food wastes generated by Vashon residents and businesses must be transported to the mainland for disposal or other treatment. Impact’s concept is to convert the organic waste into energy for heat, power and alternative fuel vehicles, liquid organic fertilizer and sequestered carbon dioxide used in agriculture and horticulture.

Bremerton, Sedro Wooley, Kirkland and Seattle firms also received grants in this third round of awards from the state Clean Energy Fund that was established in 2013. 

Last year’s state legislature funded $40 million for it, as part of more than $100 million in capital budget investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.