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Fuel Cell Building

  • Completed: Fall 2006

The College was awarded $3.35 million in state Third Frontier funds to construct a Fuel Cell Prototyping Center for fuel cell development on the campus. Of the total funds, $2 million is from a Wright Capital Project Fund grant and the remaining $1.35 million is part of an $18 million Wright Center of Innovation grant recently received for the Wright Fuel Cell Group, an effort directed by Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, a world leader in fuel cell research.

Construction of the $4.7 million Center was supported by a $625,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents, $250,000 from the State of Ohio and $550,000 from the College. Funds to equip the Center came from a $497,050 grant from the U.S. Department of Education and $214,703 from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The College also received $780,000 from the National Science Foundation for a Fuel Cell Technology Curriculum Development Project, taking total grants generated for fuel cell activity on the campus to more than $6.2 million.

The construction of this Center positions Stark State as a leader to support the research, development and commercialization of fuel cells. The Center will function as a pre-production facility that will serve as a bridge between research and the marketplace. The College’s first tenant in the new Center will be Alliance-based SOFCo-EFS Holdings.

FUEL CELL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS

* Project began: October 2003