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Wright Fuel Cell Group Energy for Ohio’s Future. Fuel Cell Initiatives. Fuel Cells —. What’s all the excitement about?. The Concept. Continuous battery Fuel and oxidant (air) supplied — never needs charging Reverse hydrolysis — converts hydrogen to water.

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    1. Wright Fuel Cell Group Energy for Ohio’s Future Fuel Cell Initiatives

    2. Fuel Cells — What’s all the excitement about?

    3. The Concept • Continuous battery • Fuel and oxidant (air) supplied — never needs charging • Reverse hydrolysis — converts hydrogen to water Source: U.S. Fuel Cell Council

    4. The Concept • Increase voltage to useful levels • Bundle or stack — many electrode/electrolyte assemblies together • “Stack” Source: U.S. Fuel Cell Council

    5. Fuel Cell System • Fuel cell power plant • Fuel cell stack • Fuel processing • Electric power conversion • Balance of plant Source: U.S. Fuel Cell Council

    6. Fuel Cell Types Source: U.S. Fuel Cell Council

    7. Ohio Third Frontier Project State of Ohio is investing $1.1 billion to strengthen the state’s economy and create high-wage jobs State investment will leverage private and federal support for a total investment of $4.5 billion Ohio’s largest-ever investment in expanding high-tech research capabilities and promoting start-up companies

    8. Ohio Third Frontier Project • Designed to encourage collaboration among and between industry, government and universities • Transition Ohio’s economy from aging manufacturing base to a more dynamic economy based on research and innovation • Build on Ohio’s strengths (as identified by Battelle): • Advanced Materials • Biosciences • Instruments, Controls and Electronics • Information Technology • Power and Propulsion

    9. Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative • Announced by Governor Taft on May 9, 2002 • $103 million, 3-year effort • Core focus areas: • 1) Expand the state’s research capabilities 2) Participate in demonstration projects 3) Expand the fuel cell industry in Ohio

    10. Wright Capital Fund • Provides awards to multi-organizational collaborations structured to advance the skills and resources of Ohio's existing private and public organizations • Wright Centers of Innovation • Accelerate the pace of world-class research and commercialization in Ohio • Wright Projects • Smaller capital improvement projects involving research and commercialization activities

    11. Wright Fuel Cell Group • Mission • To enable the commercialization of fuel cell technologies by marshalling Ohio’s unique industrial and intellectual resources • Goals • To catalyze Ohio’s leadership in fuel cell research • To translate fuel cell technological breakthroughs into market successes • To create Ohio jobs in the fuel cell industry • To educate and train Ohio’s fuel cell workforce for next-generation jobs

    12. Board ofDirectors Scientific Advisory Team Consortium Members Executive Director Commercialization Team Commercialization Consultant Tech Transfer Officers EMTEC McKinsey Administrative Assistant TBH Director of Academic Research Tom Zawodzinski Director of Operations TBH Director of Applied Research TBH Financial Manager TBH Organization

    13. Wright Fuel Cell Group Industry Academia Overarching Model PROVIDES Lab assistance Business coordinator Seed money Federal opportunities Space & leases Goods & services Research sponsorship Membership Company grants New hires Co-ops & Interns Workforce development Training Examples Fuel cell modeling Capability shared via “BrightWire”

    14. Integrated Partnership Dana Corporation Stark State Cleveland State Keithley Instruments Parker Hannifin SOFCo-EFS Battelle Case HydroGen NASA-Glenn NexTech Materials Ohio State University of Toledo EWI

    15. Investments

    16. ProgramsConsortium & Collaborative Research • Researchers solving industrial problems in: • PEM SOFC • Systems Fuels • Bringing leading researchers to Ohio • Collaborations of Ohio research institutions in major federal initiatives • Expanding university research facilities

    17. ProgramsTesting & Development • Expanding test capabilities across Ohio • Materials • Single cell • Stack • Prototyping and development facilities • Directed research and testing

    18. ProgramsTechnology Transfer & Commercialization • Technology transfer activitieswill take technology ‘out’ to benefit the entire state. • This is happening in multiple ways: • Partnering with industrial partners to develop new products • Bringing companies to Ohio towork with research teams • Licensing to promote company growth

    19. ProgramsEducation & Workforce Development • High school, associates, undergraduate and graduate education • Curriculum development • Teacher training • Hands-on experience • Distance learning • Internships and co-ops

    20. Founding Members • Case Western Reserve University • Cleveland State University • Edison Welding Institute • Ohio State University • Stark State College of Technology • University of Toledo

    21. Case Western Reserve University • Lead institution • Research • Research in PEM technology and systems • Expanding SOFC • Micro and portable power • Facilities • 16,000 ft2 additional • Large test facility • On-campus expansion • PEM labs • SOFC labs

    22. Cleveland State University • Hydrogen Storage • Endurance and lifecycle testing • Testing and characterization of MEAs

    23. Ohio State University • Research • SOFC research • Production and storage of hydrogen • Catalysis • Membrane development and testing • Facilities • 7,000 ft2 collaborative R&D facility • Laboratory for membrane improvements and characterization • Fuel reforming and separations research lab

    24. University of Toledo • Research • Fuel processing • Fuel reforming • Hydrogen production Reactor containing test catalyst Liquid fuel pump • Facilities • Reactor laboratory • Materials synthesis laboratory Water condenser

    25. Fuel Cell Prototyping Center Stark State College of Technology

    26. Fuel Cell Facility Funding • Third Frontier / Power Partnership - $18M • $1.35M to Fuel Cell Prototyping Center • Wright Capital Project Fund - $2M • Ohio Board of Regents - $625K • Federal Government - $497K • Total Facility Funding - $4,472K

    27. Fuel Cell Prototyping Center

    28. Facility Layout Labs Training Room Clean Room Offices

    29. Site Plan – Phases 1 & 2

    30. Facility Status • Facility will be available in Fall of 2005 • SOFCo-EFS will be first occupant • The Fuel Cell Prototyping Center will be available for businesses desiring to develop their product for commercialization.