Brown Announces $3M to Help Promote Clean Energy Projects in Akron and Canton

Federal Funds Will Support Research, Development, and Commercialization of Fuel Cells in Akron and North Canton

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced the release of $3,255,820 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support clean energy research and development projects in Akron and Canton. Brown helped secure part of the federal funding through the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105).

“Ohio can become the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing—with institutions in Akron and Canton leading the way on fuel cell development,” Brown said. “These new federal funds will support the research and development of clean energy sources that will reduce carbon emissions while bringing new jobs and economic activity to Northeast Ohio.”

The funds were included in The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105), which become law on March 11, 2009.

The University of Akron will receive $1,713,721 for research and development of fuel cells that can convert coal into electricity with minimal environmental impact. The funds will be used to develop fuel cells capable of serving more than 50 households. Researchers at the University of Akron have already developed a fuel cell that can provide energy to one household.

North Canton’s Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems will receive $1,542,099 to develop fuel cells for commercial use. Specifically, the funds will support the development of durable, solid-oxide fuel cell processing capabilities to reduce the carbon footprint of our nation’s electric grid.  According to Rolls-Royce, this research could lay the foundation for the creation of facilities employing more than 300 Ohioans in clean energy service jobs.

Brown has been working to position Ohio as the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing. He has visited advanced energy companies throughout Ohio and held clean energy roundtables to assess how the federal government can make investments that support the creation of clean energy jobs. Brown secured more than $5.9 million in funds this year to support Ohio’s burgeoning clean energy industry.

On April 15, Brown convened more than 300 clean energy leaders and companies with federal energy officials for a Clean Energy Summit co-hosted by Battelle Memorial Institute. Brown is working to connect Ohio companies and institutions engaged in clean energy research and development with federal resources. Ohio has received more than $360 million in economic recovery funds to develop, manufacture, and install clean energy sources.

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