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ONU to Host Fuel Cell Technology Forum

Aug 13, 2009
The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition (OFCC), in conjunction with the Ohio Northern University T. J. Smull College of Engineering and the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center, will conduct a fuel cell forum at The Inn at ONU on Friday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), this two-hour event will discuss hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Ohio and its role in the state's economy. It also will focus on the developing opportunities associated with hydrogen and fuel cells. The USDOE is promoting 10 educational events throughout Ohio to highlight fuel cells as one of Ohio's strong technology sectors and educate Ohio regional leaders on this emerging technology.

Scheduled to speak at the event are Patrick Valente, director of the OFCC, Dr. Michael Martin, vice president of Alternative Energy Technologies at Edison Materials Technology Center, Steve Hatkevich, research and development director at American Trim, and Eric Jensen, research and development manager at Crown Equipment Corporation.

Since 2002, Ohio has invested more than $70 million in fuel cells, and the industry has leveraged an additional $200 million of federal investments leading to new and growing fuel cell activities. Fuel cells are clean and efficient in their use of energy and offer a low carbon footprint, which leads to an environmentally friendly source of alternative power.

Fuel cells are used commercially for stationary grid power, backup power, lift trucks, laptop computers and a variety of other portable and stationary applications. Much of this activity takes place in Ohio. The U.S. military has utilized fuel cells in sensors, surveillance, communications and computing devices.
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