Ohio Funds Solar, Hydrogen Research Center

October 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Ohio’s Governor Bob Taft announced more than US$3.1 million in Third Frontier awards to the University of Toledo and several Toledo area companies. The University of Toledo received a $2 million Wright Capital Project Fund award to establish the Center for Photovoltaic Electricity and Hydrogen. The Center will focus on developing systems that convert solar energy into non-polluting electricity and into hydrogen for fuel cells, which has the potential to improve our environment, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and transform Northwest Ohio into a national leader in alternative energy. The project represents collaboration between UT, McMaster Energy Enterprises, Innovative Thin Films, Engineered Glass Products, Midwest Optoelectronics, BRP Manufacturing, First Solar and Pilkington Glass. McMaster Energy Enterprises expects to create more than 1,000 new jobs and Midwest Optoelectronics expects to create 50 high-skilled jobs and reach $30 million in sales by 2010.
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