UltraCell® to Automate Fuel Cell Assembly Process in Company’s Ohio Manufacturing Facility
Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program Awards Company $1 Million Grant
LIVERMORE, CA–( EMWNews – April 1, 2008) – UltraCell Corporation, a leading producer of
reformed methanol fuel cells (RMFCs) for mobile power applications, today
announced it will begin refining manufacturing of its XX25™ portable
fuel cell by automating portions of its assembly line in Dayton, Ohio. The
company will use a $1 million grant awarded by the Ohio Third Frontier Fuel
Cell Program to expand robotic assembly and automated testing equipment as
it moves toward high-volume production of the XX25.
“Getting this grant is a strong vote of confidence from the Ohio Department
of Development. We’re thrilled to have their continued support,” said Frank
Beafore, UltraCell’s vice president of manufacturing. “The enhancements
we’re making to our manufacturing process will help us increase production
of the XX25 to meet customer demand as well as lower assembly costs.”
UltraCell’s award was given by the Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program,
an initiative to support growth of the fuel cell industry through
collaborations that involve Ohio higher education institutions, non-profit
research organizations and local companies. $8.9 million in total grants
was awarded to 12 companies and research collaborations in this most recent
investment in the region’s fuel cell industry. The grants are expected to
create more than 2,000 jobs for the state of Ohio.
Partnering with UltraCell in its Ohio operations are the University of
Dayton Research Institute, Mound Technical Solutions and Invotec.
The company’s 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio
utilizes lean manufacturing and state-of-the-art technology to produce fuel
processors, fuel cell and fuel stack assemblies and completed fuel cell
engine blocks. UltraCell plans to expand the plant’s capacity, adding more
jobs as appropriate.
Individuals and organizations whose work contributed to this milestone
-- The Dayton Regional Development Coalition - a greater Dayton area organization focused on implementing initiatives that start, recruit, grow and retain high-value jobs -- The Third Frontier Project - a ten-year, $1.6 billion initiative to expand Ohio's high-tech research capabilities -- The Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative - a $103 million program aimed at creating jobs in the sector -- Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Director of the Ohio Department of Development Lee Fisher
UltraCell is a leading producer of fuel cell systems for mobile devices.
The company has an exclusive license with Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratories for micro fuel cell technology and has developed new
technologies and intellectual property in the field of methanol-based fuel
cells. For more information, please contact: UltraCell Corporation, 399
Lindbergh Ave, Livermore, CA. 94551; Tel.: (925)
455-9400; Fax: (925) 455-7750; or visit: www.ultracellpower.com.
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