Ohio Gov. Bob Taft announced this week that more than $6 million in grants have been awarded to seven Ohio companies and research collaborations to assist in the commercialization and adaptation of fuel cell technologies through the Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program. The Wright Fuel Cell Group (WFCG), led by Case Western Reserve University and its academic and industry partners around the state, announced that of the seven companies, three of are WFCG partners whose awards total nearly $3 million. A brief description of WFCG's partners' funded projects include:
HydroGen Corporation of Cleveland was awarded $1 million for its Development of Ohio-Based Mass Manufacturing of Air-Cooled Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells project in which it will develop and utilize computer simulation models to optimize decisions and resource allocations for an accelerated manufacturing facility for multi-megawatt fuel cell systems.
SOFCo-EFS Holdings LLC, based in Alliance, was awarded $999,841 for its Advanced Components for Commercially Competitive Solid Oxide Fuel Cells project, which is designed to integrate SOFCo's technology with the megawatt-scale power system being developed by Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems.
NexTech Materials, Ltd., of Lewis Center, Ohio, in Delaware County, was awarded $999,927 for its High Efficiency Military Purpose Fuel Cells project, in which NexTech will design, manufacture, and test "short stack" solid oxide fuel cells with an output of 500 watts each.
Other awardees include: Edison Materials Technology Center, OnPower, Inc., and Pemery Corporation.
A significant amount of project work from these awards will take place at WFCG headquarters, a new fuel cell testing facility designed to meet individual Fuel Cell Research and Development needs that opened on Case's West Quad (the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center site) in October 2005.
"We look forward to the inception of these projects and the benefits that they will have on the fuel cell industry and Ohio's economy," said Robert F. Savinell, dean and George S. Dively Professor of Engineering who also serves on WFCG's board of directors.
Through the WFCG's partnerships, Ohio-based manufacturers of fuel cell products will be able to use university research facilities to perfect their products and get them ready for market. Established fuel cell researchers will offer companies their experience, while other research teams will contribute emerging developmental ideas and concepts. By combining these talents, virtually any fuel cell-related issue can be handled, and commercialization can be handled faster, Savinell said.
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