|American Trim||GrafTech International||Stark State College|
|BASF Catalysts||LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc.||Technology Management Inc.|
|Battelle||Lockheed Martin||University of Akron|
|Case Western Reserve University||NexTech Materials||Volt Research|
|Catacel||Powdermet||Youngstown State University|
|Faraday Technologies||Refractory Specialties|
These Ohio organizations in the three segments accounted for approzimately 121 employees and $24 million in revenue in 2010.
Vision: To accelerate SOFC, reforming reactor, and bipolar plate activities in Ohio, being recognized as a global leader in technology and maufacturing by 2019, while advancing key supply chain competencies along with way.
|Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems (SOFC)||
A fuel cell characterized by its solid oxide, or ceramic, electrolyte. Advantages of this class of fuel cells include high efficiency, long-term stability, fuel flexibility, low emissions, and relatively low cost. The largest disadvantage is the high operating temperature which results in longer start-up times and mechanical and chemical compatibility issues.
|Proton Exchange Membranes (PEM) Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates||
|Reforming Fuel Production Reactors||
Devices for producing hydrogen or other useful products from fossil fuels such as natural gas. Production occurs in a processing device called a reformer, which reacts steam or carbon dioxide with the fossil fuel, sometimes with the aid of a catalyst. The three primary types of fuel cell reforming fuel production systems are steam, partial oxidation, and autothermal.
Regional Action Plan
The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition and NorTech will work closely to lead the implmentation for the following actions:
- Participate in the development of Ohio's energy policy, beginning with a white paper to inform key policy makers on SOFC/reforming reactor synergies with natual gas and combined heat and power
- Support key legislative initiatives for fuel cell suppliers and end users
- Educate key policy makers and the financial community on the merits of Ohio's fuel cell play
- Support targeted bipolar plate and supply chain development, attraction, and retention activities
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