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Fuel Cell Prototyping Center

Fuel Cell Great Lakes Partnership

Collaboration Fuels the Future

Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio, has become a leader in fuel cell education as a result of partnerships it has developed with business and industry, the State of Ohio and federal agencies. The outcome is more than $20 million in grants has been generated over the past eight years to develop fuel cell curricula, support industry research and development, and prepare technicians for the emerging field.

About the Stark State College/LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc.
Fuel Cell Prototyping Center

To help Ohio create and retain high quality jobs, Stark State College has constructed a $4.7 million Fuel Cell Prototyping Center. Completed in the Fall of 2006, the Center is designed for use by emerging and fuel cell-related technology companies to assist them in pre-commercialization prototyping and demonstration stages of the development of fuel cell-based power generation systems.

The charter tenant in the Fuel Cell Prototyping Center was SOFCO and Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc, now LG Fuel Cell Systems, in 2006. The Fuel Cell Prototyping Center was created as part of the Wright Fuel Cell Group, comprised of academic, industry and other collaborators, forming a network to marshal resources to accelerate innovation and commercialization for the fuel cell industry across Ohio. 

In addition, Stark State is now offering a fuel cell technology option, one-year technical certificate, certificate of competency and scholarship as part of the mechanical engineering technology program. The option incorporates mechanical, electrical, and chemical technologies to provide education for the application of scientific and engineering principles focused on alternative energy sources and more specifically, fuel cell technology.

To date, Stark State’s fuel cell initiative, including construction, equipment and curriculum development, totals more than $20 million.

Support for Fuel Cell Initiatives at Stark State College

PROJECT

SPONSOR

GRANT AWARD

Fuel Cell Prototyping Center (FCPC)
(TECH03-058)
Ohio Department of Development (ODOD)

$2,000,000

FCPC  (TECH03-053) Wright Fuel Cell Group (ODOD funds)

$1,350,000

FCPC OBR Noncredit Capital Funds

$625,000

FCPC State Legislature

$250,000

Fuel Cell Technology Laboratory Equipment  (P116Z0400525) U.S. Department of Education

$497,050

Fuel Cell Curriculum Development Project  (0402438) National Science Foundation (NSF)

$780,000

Fuel Cell Workforce Development Project  (EA-15524-06-60) U.S. Department of Labor

$429,536

Upward Bound Math & Science  Program  (PO47M070008) U.S. Department of Education

$1,250,000

Great Lakes Fuel Cell Education Partnership  (DUE-0802536) NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program

$1,600,000

Fuel Cell Balance-of-Plant Reliability Testbeds Project
(DE-FG36-08GO88111)
U.S. Department of Energy

$787,200

Expansion of Industry/Education Partnerships for Fuel Cell Commercialization  (TECH09-015) ODOD Third Frontier Wright Projects Program

$3,000,000

Development of High Pressure Stack Block Test System for a Fuel Cell Power Module Overhaul Facility (TECH08-084) ODOD Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program

$834,626

Military SOFC Genset Project (TECH 09-050) (SSCT is subcontractor) ODOD Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program

$50,000

Fuel Cell Services Learning Center Federal Government

$1,450,000

Expansion of Stark
State’s fuel cell test capabilities
ODOD Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program

$2,800,000

Total Grants Received  

$17,703,412

College Allocation  

500,000

Total Funds Raised  

$18,203,412

View all grants received including funds for completed projects.


Stark State Fuel Cell Information and Events:

National Science Foundation

Curriculum and Training Supported by NSF Grant

Stark State Fuel Cell Partners:

Fuel Cell Corridor Rolls-Royce  LG logo Third Frontier Network
Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition Rolls-Royce LG Third Frontier Network
 Lockheed Marting  TMI Fuel Cell Systems Stark Development Board  
Lockheed Martin TMI Fuel Cell Systems Stark Development Board