Fuel Cell Roadmap for Ohio’s Third Frontier

Industry development for the commercialization of fuel cells is a strategic goal for Columbus, Ohio. State Development Director Bruce Johnson has released the Ohio Fuel Cell Roadmap, a five-year strategic guide to maximize Ohio companies’ involvement in the fuel cell industry. The roadmap is part of a ten-year, $1.1 billion state endeavor called the Third Frontier Project. In the last two years, the State of Ohio has invested more than $30 million in various fuel cell-related projects throughout the State.

Columbus, Ohio – September 2, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “The next five years are a critical time for the fuel cell industry as it moves from the development stage to the commercialization and application stages,” said Johnson. “By creating a Roadmap with defined strategies that leverage our strengths in manufacturing while also encouraging research and development of new innovations, we are positioning Ohio to take advantage of this burgeoning industry.” To achieve the goals of the five-year plan, the state needs to establish a method to support fuel cell companies in the area, and provide assistance to the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition. Training for industry workers, attracting new companies, supporting academic institutions with research and development activities, and installing commercial fuel cells at state facilities are all necessary to help the industry grow in the Buckeye state. Bob Rose, executive director for the U.S. Fuel Cell Council, said reports like the Ohio Fuel Cell Roadmap are key to developing a viable fuel cell economy. “There are many avenues within the fuel cell industry that a state can travel down, and understanding which ones hold the most economic feasibility will be critical not only to the industry within that state, but also to the nation,” said Rose. “Ohio’s forward-looking Roadmap illustrates an acute awareness of its existing assets in fuel cell research and commercialization, and shows the State’s commitment to cultivating an even stronger fuel cell economy in an already technology-rich location.”
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