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Delphi & Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies

Fuel cells can provide quiet, fuel flexible, and efficient operation that makes them suitable for use in "stealth" vehicles or quiet portable power systems. RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and Delphi are developing fuel cell technology that aims to improve fuel cell reliability, durability, and cost while also enabling mass production and enhancing ultimate commercialization.

Delphi's prototype solid oxide fuel cell produces electricity by harvesting hydrogen and carbon monoxide from diesel, biofuel, or natural gas. The fuel cell achieves up to 40 percent more power than the traditional combustion engine. At the same time, RIT engineers are working to identify options to minimize fuel cell life-cycle costs. Delphi and RIT have come together to merge their researchers and resources to develop a cost-effective way to mass-produce Delphi's fuel cell technology.

Project researchers believe Delphi's unit could become the first commercially produced solid-oxide fuel-cell unit to hit the market by as soon as 2012.

Over the last three years Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has secured $10.9 million for fuel cell projects at RIT, Delphi, and the University of Rochester to support this growing local energy sector.

"I applaud Delphi Corp. and RIT on their successes to advance local fuel cell development, a mission with tremendous potential for our nation's energy security and Rochester's economic future."

Louise Slaughter