Kettering to share $7.775 million

Jul 29, 2004

The 2005 Defense Appropriations Bill has $7.775 million to support two projects.

Once President George W. Bush signs the 2005 Defense Appropriations Act, Kettering University is expected to share $7.775 million in support of two projects. U.S. Senators Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced July 23 that the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2005 had passed the Senate July 22 by a vote of 96-0. The House also passed the bill July 22. The bill now goes to President Bush for his signature.

"The passage of this bill provides our armed services with the support they need as they move forward with operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world," said Levin. "The investments this bill makes in Michigan's military community, industry, and universities will enable them to continue their contributions to the armed services and ultimately, the security of our country. The contributions from these communities to nanotechnology, fuel cell and materials research are critical to the success of current and future military operations."

"Michigan industries and Michigan workers have for generations played a key role in the defense of our nation, and projects like the development of new semiconductors and new fuel cells demonstrate Michigan's importance," Stabenow said. "Our nation and our military continue to depend on the cutting edge technology and engineering expertise of Michigan companies and their employees."

Kettering's two projects are in Procurement, Advanced Technology and Research and Development Programs, with the funding year beginning Oct. 1, 2004:

$4.6 million for research, development and demonstration of ground support equipment powered by fuel cells. The first phase of the project will involve a large-scale field trial using current generation proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells in ground support equipment ranging from light carts to aircraft loaders. The second phase of the project will include development and delivery of next-generation PEM fuel cell technology for mobile power applications on military bases. Project partners include Ballard Power Systems, TACOM, Kettering University and the Air Force. Testing of these systems would take place at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

$3.175 million for the development of computer models for the Defense Department's Chemical & Biological Defense Program to predict how long chemical agents remain dangerous after an attack. This will help our military forces better protect themselves and operate in contaminated environments.

Other projects in mid-Michigan include:

$5.6 million for the Army's Flexible Display Initiative to develop lightweight, high definition, full color displays for soldiers and vehicles. Dow Corning in Midland is a major participant in this industry-wide technology development program.

$4.5 million for research into the advanced power electronics that depend on the development of new materials capable of significantly higher power, higher speed and higher temperature operation. This research could help improve the capabilities of Navy airborne radar platforms, such as the E-2 Hawkeye. Dow Corning of Midland is a leader in producing these materials, known as wide bandgap semiconductors.

$3.5 million for the Casting Emissions Reduction Program (CERP). CERP is the largest experimental, full production casting facility in the country and is a partnership between private industry and the U.S. Army. A portion of these funds will be used to assist efforts at GM's Malleable Iron Plant, located in Saginaw, to develop new, environmentally friendly metal casting technology.

$2 million in funds to develop a variety of new nanotechnologies that can be used for military applications in battlefield sensing, manufacturing and decontamination of military equipment. The Michigan Molecular Institute of Midland and the Michigan Biotechnology Institute of Lansing are institutions that conduct leading research in this important area.

$1 million for research into silicon substrates for solar cells. This program, run by DOW Corning in Midland, is focused on developing silicon substrates for advanced solar cells.

Over $1.5 billion for fundamental research to support the military at our nation's universities and government laboratories. Many Michigan universities, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Technological University, perform high quality fundamental research for the Department of Defense in all fields of science and technology.

For more information, contact Sen. Carl Levin's press office at (202) 228-3685 or visit the press office website at:

For more information on Kettering's projects, go to: