Stark State College Fuel Cell Center to be Awarded $1 Million – The Fuel Cell Prototyping Center at Stark State College of Technology will receive $1 million to upgrade its clean room. Upgrading the clean room allows for earlier testing in the fuel cell development process. Announcement of the planned funding was made by U.S. Rep John Boccieri who worked with other members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. Boccieri had this to say: “The fuel cell technology research at Stark State is helping lay the foundation for America’s energy independence and a new energy economy.” Stark State has been collaborating with Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems and the Stark Development Board to develop and commercialize a one-megawatt solid oxide fuel cell system. The bill passed the full House and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee before going to the full Senate for a vote. To read about the announcement, click here for The Canton Repository article.
Ohio’s Manufacturing Industry is Reinventing Itself for the Alternative Energy Supply Chain – An article in July’s “Industry Week” highlights Ohio’s transition from a traditional manufacturing powerhouse to an advanced manufacturing leader that leverages state support and existing infrastructure assets as the foundation for building a thriving clean energy economy. Ohio based companies are producing an array of solar panels, wind turbines, biomass products, fuel cells, and energy storage facilities. A 2008 report, released by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, notes that 551,000 workers in Ohio could see new job opportunities and wage increases from the growth of environmentally friendly businesses. Factors leading to Ohio’s advanced energy industry success include the Ohio Third Frontier Program, an aggressive advanced energy portfolio standard, a reformed tax structure, a world class supply chain, and an available trained/educated workforce. Some of Ohio’s best known manufacturers, such as Timken, Owens-Corning, Sherwin Williams and Lubrizol, are now key suppliers to the nation’s wind industry. Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell systems of North Canton is a key developer of fuel cells. To read more about Ohio’s transition to an energy economy, click here for the “Industry Week” article.
Stark Education Partnership Celebrates 20th Anniversary with a Report of Significant Change in Education in Stark County – In 1989, the Deuble, Hoover, Stark Community, and Timken foundations set aside $3 million to pay for a coordinated effort to improve education for all Stark County children. These visionary funders knew that skill, creativity, and leadership would be required to provide education excellence. The Stark Education Partnership helped schools and the education community obtain resources and built capacity to institute change. To date, the Partnership has secured, brokered, or collaborated in raising nearly $70 million in federal, state, and local funds to improve academic performance. Stark County has seen high school graduation rates increase and more high school students going to college. To read about this “Significant Change," click here for the Stark Education Partnership website.