Fuel Cell Collaboration Awarded $3,000,0000 in Grants – The Ohio Third Frontier Commission recently announced $19.6 million in funding through the Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program. The Wright Projects Program exists to build strong research capabilities within the State’s colleges and universities that support the commercialization needs of Ohio industry. Stark State College of Technology, located in North Canton and in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems, Inc. and Contained Energy, Inc., has been awarded $3 million in funding for the expansion of industry and education partnerships for fuel cell commercialization. The expansion of the Fuel Cell Prototyping Center will permit commercial scale testing of critical Rolls-Royce subassemblies and development of new products for Contained Energy. This expansion represents the second phase of a multi-phase strategy for economic development in the area of fuel cell technology. In addition, the funding will allow Stark State to expand its educational offerings and training related to fuel cells. To read about this award and others, click here.

Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Selected for SECA Program Funding – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has just selected two projects for the Department's Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Program portfolio. The projects, focused on enhancing energy security through zero-emission applications, will be led by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corporation, in partnership with Delphi Corporation and Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (U.S.) Inc. The Rolls-Royce project will include work at Ohio's Stark State College of Technology, Fuel Cell Prototyping Center. The SECA project portfolio, including the Rolls-Royce and UTC Power projects, will research, develop and demonstrate fuel cell technologies that can support power generation systems as large as several hundred megawatts capacity. The SECA grands represent an 8 year, $80 million DOE program. To read about the SECA projects, click here.

Myers Controlled Power to Expand in North Canton – Myers Controlled Power, a division of Myers Power Products headquartered in Corona, California, will be relocating into 147,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing and office space in the former Hoover complex in North Canton. Myers Controlled Power makes switchgear equipment for the mass-transit and public-utility industries. One of its new products will be large switchgear for wind turbines. The company presently employs over 100 associates in its Massillon facility and plans to grow to more than 200 associates with its relocation. Myers Controlled Power was also considering a facility outside of Sharon, Pennsylvania. The North Canton City Council approved the purchase of $440,000 worth of cranes by its Community Improvement Corporation (CIC). The CIC will own the cranes and lease them back to Myers Controlled Power. The company will perform maintenance on the cranes and pay insurance. The cranes will be used to handle the large wind turbines for which switchgear will be installed. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has tentatively approved a 45%, 5 year Job Creation Tax Credit estimated at $151,000. To read more about the expansion, click here.

 

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