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May 29, 2002

Ohio Governor Announces Fuel Cell Initiative

Ohio Governor Bob Taft announced in early May a new $100 million, three-year initiative to help Ohio take a leadership position in the fuel cell industry. The Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative will expand the state's research capabilities, invest in expanding Ohio's fuel cell industry, and allow the state to participate in hydrogen infrastructure demonstration projects. See the governor's press release.

New fuel cell technologies were advanced in late May when Fuel Cell Technologies Corporation (FCT) announced the successful testing of its 5-kilowatt fuel cell prototype. The prototype uses a solid oxide fuel cell provided by Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation. According to FCT, the prototype produces electricity from natural gas at conversion efficiencies of greater than 40 percent — that is, more than 40 percent of the energy in the natural gas is converted to electricity. FCT also won a contract in early May from California's South Coast Air Quality Management District for the demonstration of its fuel cell system in ten California homes.

The FCT announcement is sure to be one topic of conversation at the 14th World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC), to be held in Montreal, Canada, from June 9th to 13th. The conference addresses all aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell developments. The Canadian Hydrogen Association and the National Hydrogen Association in the United States are jointly organizing this year's conference. See the WHEC Web site.