Univ. of South Carolina, State Officials Pursuing Fuel Cell Companies

Univ. of South Carolina, State Officials Pursuing Fuel Cell Companies

COLUMBIA, S.C.
The University of South Carolina has invited leaders of the fuel cell industry to bring their technology to USC’s home city of Columbia, S.C. The campaign, “the Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge,” was unveiled last month at the National Hydrogen Association’s annual conference. Officials from USC, the city of Columbia and other South Carolina organizations pitched the idea of consolidating national fuel cell development efforts to several of the top firms in the industry. Hydrogen fuel cells have been touted as a potentially major alternative energy source.

 “By partnering with industry from the full supply chain of the hydrogen and fuel cell economy, Columbia will become the model city for large-scale use and implementation of fuel cell and alternative energy applications,” says Larry Wilson, a board member of the South Carolina Research Authority.

State officials cite the hydrogen fuel cell research program at USC as one of the best in the nation and say that the region is well  positioned to lead the United States in “the development of the next energy economy.” USC hosts the nation’s only National Science Foundation Center for Fuel Cells and operates Innovista, the research and innovation district dedicated to the development of the fuel cell and future fuel industry.



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