FUMO ANNOUNCES STATE GRANT FOR PSU
RESEARCH AT NAVY YARD
PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2008
– State Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia) presented a $40,000 grant to Penn
State University to support continued development of the Fuel Cell Education and
Research Partnership today at the Building 100 Innovation Center, Philadelphia
Navy Yard. David N. Wormley, Dean, College of Engineering, accepted the check on
behalf of the school.
The development of the Fuel Cell Partnership is part of
a strategy being pursued at the Navy Yard Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) with
the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
Development. The key aim of the KIZ is to leverage Penn State and U.S. Navy
research strengths to make the Navy Yard and southeastern Pennsylvania a
national headquarters for sustainable energy production and management.
“With increasing concerns about clean air, climate
change, and dependency on foreign oil, this is exactly the kind of research we
need to secure America’s energy future,” said Fumo, whose senatorial district
includes the Navy Yard. Fumo arranged the state grant from Department of
Education higher education assistance funds.
“The Penn State College of Engineering is a major
source of research and technology for worldwide industry. Through the Navy Yard
KIZ, we are making this resource more accessible to Pennsylvania industry in
concert with our regional economic development partners,” Wormley said.
Fuel cell systems development is a key element of the
Navy Yard KIZ strategy. A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that combines
hydrogen with oxygen from the air to produce electricity, with water and heat as
its byproduct. The conversion process is clean and quiet, and is two to three
times more efficient than fuel combustion.
Click here to listen to a brief discussion with
Sen. Fumo about fuel cells
The grant will support continued efforts to develop
programs at the Navy Yard that are designed to overcome barriers to the use of
fuel cell technology.
The Navy Yard KIZ is a partnership of the Philadelphia Industrial Development
Corporation (PIDC,) the City of Philadelphia, the Ben Franklin Technology
Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), the Delaware Valley Industrial
Resource Center (DVIRC), the U.S. Navy and the Penn State College of
Building 100 Innovation Center is part of a multi-year,
multi-pronged effort to establish a regional hub for research, development and
commercialization of physical and engineering sciences, particularly green
technologies, and energy partnerships at the Navy Yard. BFTP/SEP, DVIRC, and
PIDC dedicated the building in May of this year.
“Penn State’s participation in the Navy Yard KIZ is a
wonderful thing. It will allow us to combine outstanding academic research with
the resources available at the Navy Yard, and to apply them toward developing
greater commercial opportunities,” said Peter Longstreth, president of PIDC.
“The state just enacted an alternative energy spending
package, so the timing might be right to position the Navy Yard KIZ to work with
economic development agencies and entrepreneurial alternative energy companies
to put together a strategy to take advantage of those opportunities,” Fumo said.
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