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RIT, Delphi Automotive join forces to expand fuel cell development

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President Bill Destler, left, and Steve Shaffer, Delphi’s chief engineer for fuel cells, applaud Congresswoman Louise Slaughter at a news conference announcing the new research funding.

RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability has been awarded a $2.75 million grant for a joint research project with Delphi Automotive.

“This funding will support important work at RIT to enhance our nation’s security,” says Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She and New York’s U.S. Senate delegation were instrumental in obtaining the grant. “It will also assist in creating jobs and spurring economic development in our community, while helping ensure our servicemen and women have the best tools to do their jobs in the field.”

RIT and Delphi will use the funds to assist the U.S. military in incorporating alternative energy technologies into vehicle operations. The research will support the military’s implementation of fuel cell technology into vehicle fleets. The project will also advance the development of local production of fuel cell technologies, enhancing the potential for industry investment and new jobs in the Rochester region.

The work builds on Delphi’s fuel cell development efforts and technology developed at RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, now a part of the Golisano Institute.

“This joint research effort between RIT and Delphi will further enhance this region’s reputation and asset base as a center for alternative energy development and its applications,” notes RIT President Bill Destler. “It is a tremendous example of government-university-industry collaboration. We appreciate the efforts of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton to include this funding in the 2007-08 defense appropriations bill.”

Will Dube