UltraCell® to Automate Fuel Cell Assembly Process in Company’s Ohio Manufacturing Facility Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program Awards Company $1 Million Grant

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UltraCell

2008-04-01 09:02:00

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

include:


--  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

    

About UltraCell

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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