Colorado Fuel Cell Center Celebrates Grand Opening

May 10, 2006

The Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) along with its partners, the Gas Technology Institute, the Colorado School of Mines, Versa Power Systems, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory announce the grand opening of the state's first fuel cell center. The Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC), located at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, showcased its partners, projects, and efforts in fuel cell research, development, education, and commercial application at its official opening on May 9.

The CFCC laboratory will be the home to world-class experts and projects that focus on research in the areas of electrochemical technology, materials, and fuel processing. The CFCC will collaborate with DOE's national laboratories, as well as local and national businesses and industries in advanced research and development. Research projects are already underway in three areas:

  • Polymer fuel cells, in which new high-performance polymers are being developed that will improve the power output and longevity of fuel cells.
  • Fuel processing to make fuel cells compatible with a wide range of alternative and renewable fuels;
  • High-temperature fuel cells and cell components to develop new modeling and simulation tools.

"Colorado's infrastructure of universities, national laboratories, and high-tech workers is the perfect setting to advance fuel cell technology," said Governor Owens. "CFCC is another example of how our state is able to transform emerging ideas and technologies into real energy solutions for businesses, utilities, and consumers."

For more information, see the OEMC's May 9 press release (PDF 44 KB).