Clyde Announces $37K In State Funds For Kent State Fuel Cell Research
Third Frontier funds encourage collaboration between researchers and local entrepreneurs
December 05, 2016
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of $37,000 in Third Frontier funds to Kent State University for a project to develop a universal, repeatable test for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC).

“Third Frontier drives innovation by bringing top researchers and local start-ups together,” said Clyde. “By supporting projects like this, we can advance the new energy technologies that will power our future, and create good quality jobs in Northeast Ohio.”

The Ohio Third Frontier, a program approved overwhelmingly by Ohio voters multiple times, assists Ohio universities and research institutions in commercializing and transferring technologies to Ohio start-up companies. Third Frontier funds support the validation of unlicensed technologies at Ohio universities and not-for-profit research organizations, while also providing initial seed funding to Ohio start-ups that license a technology.

Funding will be used at Kent State to research SOFCs, which can be used to power everything from consumer electronic devices to cars and homes. SOFCs minimize emissions, operate at high efficiency and can be used to capture carbon in the process, making them cost-effective and more environmentally friendly than conventional alternatives.

Kent State will provide $37,000 to match state funds.

Rep. Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Central and Southern Portage County.  

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