Colorado Fuel Cell Center Showcases Entire Fuel Cell Industry

Colorado’s first fuel cell center is officially open in Golden, to showcase its partners, their projects, and efforts in fuel cell research, development, education and commercial application. The announcement was made by the Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) along with its partners, the Gas Technology Institute, the Colorado School of Mines, Versa Power Systems, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC) laboratory, which is funded by OEMC with matching funds from its partners, will be home to world-renowned experts and projects focusing on research in electrochemical technology, materials and fuel processing. Research projects are under way in three areas in the CFCC labs: — In the field of polymer fuel cells, Colorado School of Mines Associate Professor Andy Herring is using CFCC facilities to develop new high-performance polymers that will improve the power output and the longevity of fuel cells for portable and transportation applications. — In processing, Mines Professor Tony Dean is using the CFCC facilities to study fuel processing with the goal of making fuel cells compatible with a wide range of alternative and renewable fuels. — In fuel cells, Mines Professor Robert Kee is using CFCC equipment to study high temperature fuel cells and cell components with the goal of using the test results to develop new modeling and simulation tools for improving performance and endurance while lowering costs. “Colorado’s existing infrastructure of universities, national laboratories and high-tech workers is the perfect setting to advance fuel cell technology,” said Governor Owens. “CFCC is another example of how our state is able to transform emerging ideas and technologies into real energy solutions for businesses, utilities, and consumers.” Besides having the expertise and resources of its partners, the CFCC will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy’s other national laboratories, as well as local and national businesses and industries in advanced research and development of fuel cells. “The CFCC and all of its partners are thrilled to have this state-of-the-art laboratory where some of the fuel cell industries’ top researchers and developers can collaborate on research and share successes,” said Dr. Robert Remick, CFCC Director.
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