Donation will "fuel" research

Dec 3, 2004

A donation from the Eaton Corporation will underwrite a fuel cell systems research project at Kettering.

Representatives from the Eaton Corporation, of Southfield, Mich., were on campus to deliver a $10,000 donation to Dr. K. Joel Berry, department head for Mechanical Engineering, for research relating to the balance of plant technology for fuel cell systems.

The donation, part of a $40,000/four year pledge, will support Eaton's research initiative to develop efficient air management modules for fuel cell systems. A graduate student in Mechanical Engineering will work with the Automotive Advanced Product Development Division of Eaton in cooperation with faculty and Kettering's Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration (

Berry said partnering with the Eaton Corporation allows Kettering to "advance the state of technological development and commercialization of fuel cell systems in the automotive industry."

Kettering developed the Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain Integration in response to the growing need to develop alternative fuel sources for the future, reduce the impact of emissions on the environment from automotive and other products, and decrease the country's dependency on foreign oil imports. The Center is housed in the C.S. Mott Engineering and Science Center.

The Center was established, in part, with a grant from the United States Economic Development Authority (EDA). Equipment purchased with EDA grant money will be used in the research project with Eaton.

Eaton Corporation also supports Kettering through its Cooperative Education program by employing approximately 15 professional co-op students.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2003 sales of $8.1 billion. Eaton is a global leader in fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety; and intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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