Governor Bob Taft has unveiled a new US$100 million, three-year initiative that will position Ohio as a national leader in the growing fuel cell industry through investments in research, project demonstration and job creation for Ohio citizens.PARMA, Ohio – May 14, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The initiative is an integral part of the Third Frontier Project, a 10-year, US$1.6 billion plan to create high-tech, high-paying jobs through the expansion of the state’s high-tech research capabilities and promotion of start-up companies. “Ohio is already well positioned to be a leader in the fuel cell industry,” Taft said. “This new initiative will capitalize on our existing strengths and make us an integral force in the research, development and commercialization of this emerging technology. It also will bring high-tech, high-paying jobs and significant revenue for the citizens of Ohio.” The initiative will focus on three core areas: -Expand the state’s research capabilities by building on the work at universities such as Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University and The Ohio State University and technology leaders like NASA Glenn, the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson -Participate in demonstration projects involving hydrogen infrastructure -Invest in expanding the fuel cell industry in Ohio, to attract companies and the jobs they provide. The Governor’s announcement was made during a tour of Graftech, Inc. in Parma, which provides the natural graphite-based plates found inside fuel cells. Earlier the Governor visited Alliance to tour McDermott Technology Inc., which develops fuel processors for solid-state fuel cell. The Governor later visited NexTech Materials in Columbus, which develops and produces value-added ceramic materials.