Canada's General Hydrogen partners with Kettering's

Oct 4, 2002

Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration General Hydrogen Corp. has announced a partnership with Kettering University's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration to support the construction of a Michigan-based hydrogen fuel workforce.

Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration

General Hydrogen Corp. has announced a partnership with Kettering University's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration to support the construction of a Michigan-based hydrogen fuel workforce.

As part of the alliance, General Hydrogen will join the University's nationally-renowned advisory board and provide $100,000 in funding to support their fuel cell initiative and two undergraduate co-op students, Courtney Holder of Waterloo, Ontario, and Jason Robertson of Seffner, Fla.

Dr. Geoffrey Ballard, chairman of General Hydrogen, and executive staff came to Flint recently to meet with students. Among the hosts were K. Joel Berry, chairman of the Mechanical Engineering department and Eugene W. Kettering Chair of Power Engineering and Vida Fisher, director of Corporate and Foundation Gifts. Berry and Fisher had met with General Hydrogen in June in Canada to present the Kettering fuel cell vision.

Berry said Kettering is working to help prepare and build a Michigan-based hydrogen fuel workforce. "We seek to improve engineering education for 21st Century fuel cell engineers," Berry explained, "and support an engineering fuel cell research initiative that advances Michigan's leadership in manufacturing efficient hydrogen powered vehicles and stationary power plants, as well as, position our state as the world leader in fuel cell technology."

Berry noted that the list of General Hydrogen visitors also included vice chairman Paul Howard; government affairs and corporate secretary Bob Clendenan; and vice president of finance and treasurer Lisa Coltart.

Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration, along with its corporate, governmental and educational partners, plan to provide:

  • Prototype fuel cell testing and powertrain integration services.
  • Fundamental and applied research in the areas of math-based fuel cell modeling, simulation, safety and manufacturing, combined with power electronics and controls.
  • Educational and training programs that prepare the entire workforce (engineers, managers, technicians and manufacturing labor) for this new power generation system.
  • Pre-college and public education programs to promote both acceptance and excitement for a Hydrogen-fueled Michigan economy.
  • Service and maintenance programs to adapt the new technology to safe, everyday use.

A New Corporate Partner: General Hydrogen

General Hydrogen Corp., headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, was formed in 1999 by Dr. Geoffrey Ballard and Paul Howard, co-founders of Ballard Power Systems, and Michael Routtenberg, who is president and CEO. General Hydrogen's business is to provide energy delivery technologies, systems and infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles and devices based upon its proprietary Hydricity Energy Delivery Standard.

Dr. Geoffrey Ballard

Geoffrey Ballard, chairman of General Hydrogen, has been internationally honored for bringing fuel cells to commercial viability. He was named by "Time Magazine" as a Hero of the Planet in 1999, has received the Order of Canada and been awarded numerous honorary degrees for his achievements. He received the World Technology Award in Energy in 1999 and the Goteborg International Environmental Prize in Sweden in 2000. He was a founder of Ballard Power Systems where he served as chair until 1997.

Anonymous gift - Kettering has been awarded a $100,000 grant for a fuelcell test stand from a Michigan donor that prefers to stay anonymous. The funds will be used to further Kettering's fuel cell initiatives.

For more information on the visit by General Hydrogen executive staff, call K. Joel Berry at (810) 762-7833 or Vida Fisher at (810) 762-9525.

Written by Patricia Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu

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