WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that Stark State College’s LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc. (LGFCS) has been awarded a $5,100,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance its fuel cell technology which is used to make vehicles cleaner and more energy efficient. Specifically, the grant will be used to further develop the LGFCS laboratory and to improve the affordability and reliability of its solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) technology, which produces electricity directly from oxidizing fuel cells.

“This is excellent news for both Stark County and LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc.,” Brown said. “We need to continue to invest in clean energy technology so that we’re creating local jobs and improving our economy in a responsible and sustainable way. These federal funds will go a long way towards achieving that goal while maintaining LGFCS’s place as a leading innovator not just in Ohio, but across the country and world.”

In January, Brown toured the LGFCS at Stark State College and called for continued investment in Ohio’s emerging clean energy sector. Brown secured critical funds to advance fuel cell technology at Stark State – which is helping Ohio businesses create and retain jobs – and has authored legislation which would expand the critical research and development (R&D) tax credit and support nearly one million good-paying American jobs. 

In October 2012, Brown wrote a letter to DOE Secretary Steven Chu urging DOE’s continuing the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell program. In 2009, Brown helped secure $1 million for Stark State to upgrade the clean room at Stark State’s Fuel Cell Prototyping Center. That project brought critical fuel cell technology to Ohio, providing students with first-hand training opportunities to advance and commercialize a one-megawatt solid-oxide fuel cell, which when used in stationary power generation, will aid in developing smart-grid electric power.