The U.S. Department Of Energy Releases Funds To The City Of Chattanooga For Cutting Edge Fuel Cell Technology

Posted on September 29, 2004

Washington, DC - Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) in conjunction with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senator Lamar Alexander announced today the release of $2.4 million in federal funds to the City of Chattanooga's Enterprise Center for the purpose of developing and demonstrating a 5KW Fuel Cell power source ahead of industry timetables. "America needs a balanced energy plan to promote new innovations in renewable energy sources and to put and end to unpredictable price fluctuations. Too many of our energy sources are in the hands of unstable nations, which is a serious threat to our national security as well as to our way of life. It is exciting to think that the Tennessee Valley Corridor can once again be a national leader in secure energy with this venture," said Wamp. "Identifying sources of renewable fuel alternatives is vital to establishing a balanced national energy supply," said Frist.  "This funding supports Chattanooga's groundbreaking research on fuel technology, which will help identify future energy alternatives and reduce America's dependency on foreign oil." "This project takes an important step toward making our air cleaner and our country less dependent on foreign oil," said Alexander, who is the principal sponsor of hydrogen legislation in the Senate. "I am proud that Chattanooga is making practical use of fuel cell technology." The project will operate under the management of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Sim Center. They have expectations of producing the first field test of solid oxide fuel cells and to reduce industry targets of 10 years to 5 years or less.