For Immediate Release
March 25, 2008
FISHER ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION FOR ADVANCED ENERGY GRANTS
17 Companies Receive Ohio Third Frontier Awards
COLUMBUS- Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, Chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission,
today announced that the Commission awarded more than $12 million in grants to 17 entities
to accelerate the development and growth of the advanced energy industry in Ohio.
“By strategically focusing Ohio Third Frontier resources toward the development of advanced
energy technologies, we can begin to unleash the economic potential for this emerging
industry,” said Lt. Governor Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of
Development. “These Ohio Third Frontier investments exemplify the Strickland/Fisher
Administration’s unwavering commitment to growth in Ohio’s advanced energy industry sector
while recognizing our need for energy independence and conservation.”
Awards for advanced energy were selected from the wind, solar, alternative fuel, energy
storage and instruments, controls, and electronics sectors.
2008 Third Frontier Advanced Energy Award for Wind Technologies
Parker Hannifin, located in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) was awarded $1 million for its Sub-
Megawatt Class Hydrostatic Wind Turbine Drive Train Commercialization project. Parker
Hannifin, a world leader in hydraulic systems and motion control, will replace the gearbox with
a hydrostatic system consisting of a hydraulic pump connected to turbine rotor and hydraulic
motor at ground level connected to an electric generator.
2008 Third Frontier Advanced Energy Awards for Alternative Fuels Technologies
Velocys, Inc., located in Plain City (Union County) was awarded $1 million for its
Microchannel Enabled Process for Synthetic Biofuels and Chemicals project. Velocys will use
its proprietary microchannel reactor technology to produce transportation fuels from biomass
feedstocks. Using techniques developed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Velocys will be
able to produce synthetic jet fuel and diesel.
The Ohio State University Research Foundation, located in Columbus (Franklin County)
was awarded $1 million for its Engineering Clostrida for Economic Production of Biobutanol as
a Biofuel project. The Ohio State University Research Foundation will modify biological
organisms in order to attain a high butanol tolerance and to introduce a patented fibrous bed
bioreactor to modify the production process.
Arisdyne Systems, Inc., located in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) was awarded $1 million for
its Application of Static, Hydrodynamic Cavitation to Improve Efficiency, Productivity and Yield
in the Production of Ethanol project. Arisdyne Systems has a patented method for producing
cavitation and will test and evaluate its technology on several ethanol production operations for
its effectiveness. The goal is to improve starch recovery by 2 – 5 percent.
Ohio University, located in Athens (Athens County) was awarded $972,992 for its Facility for
the Development and Commercialization of Ammonia-Based Fuel Integrated Power project.
Ohio University will create a “Center of Excellence for Electrochemical Engineering
Technologies” to be housed within its existing Electrochemical Engineering Research
Laboratory. Teaming with its collaborators, it will pursue integrated ammonia catalytic
electrolyzer (ACE) and fuel cell products aimed at power generation for residential and
commercial buildings. In addition to supporting ACE commercialization, the facility will provide
education opportunities for the work force designing, fabricating, and operating
AEC products and will serve as an R&D center for ACE enhancement.
Catacel Corp., located in Garrettsville (Portage County) was awarded $759,502 for its
Durability and Performance Evaluation of Catalysts on Metals project. Catacel will upgrade an
existing reactor with better instrumentation; a high-pressure reactor will be modified to improve
performance; and an additional reactor capable of simultaneous testing of multiple catalysts
will be constructed. This equipment will allow Catacel to better respond to customer data
requests, which is expected to hasten supplier qualifications and time-to-market.
Phycal, LLC, located in Shaker Heights (Cuyahoga County) was awarded $250,000 for its
Development of Non-Destructive Algal Oil Extraction Process project. In the production of oil
from algae, separation of the oil from the algae is a third of the total processing cost due to the
small cell size and low biomass concentrations. Phycal has licensed a non-destructive
extraction technology that could potentially reduce processing costs to the target oil cost of $1
per gallon. This project will develop bench and pilot scale systems to evaluate the concept
and improve performance.
University of Toledo, located in Toledo (Lucas County) was awarded $250,000 for its Novel
Cellulosic Biomass Fermentation Process for Ethanol Production project. The University of
Toledo has developed and patented a fermentation process using technology that has been
successful in fermenting both glucose and xylose sugars. The University of Toledo will
conduct additional research to 1) optimize the design and performance of the enzyme, 2)
develop enzymes for different feed stocks, 3) incorporate a novel biomass pre-treatment
process, and 4) develop suitable yeast strains for fermentation. A complete performance
evaluation and economic analysis will be conducted.
The Ohio State University Research Foundation, located in Columbus (Franklin County)
was awarded $408,801 for its Carbon Negative Chemical Looping Process for Hydrogen or
Liquid Fuel Synthesis Using Refuse Derived Fuel, Biomass, and/or Ohio Coal project. The
Ohio State University will scale up testing from the previous bench-scale 2.5 kWt unit to a sub-
pilot scale 25 kWt unit and operate continuously for 100 hours. Process performance and
reliability will be evaluated under commercial conditions. The hydrogen produced will be
evaluated for purity by the OSU Center for Automotive Research. A comprehensive technical
and economic analysis will be performed to attract major investments from the federal
government and private investors.
2008 Third Frontier Advanced Energy Awards for Solar Technologies
The Garland Company, located in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) was awarded $1 million for
its Garland Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems project. The Garland Group is a
long-established manufacturer of commercial roofing products that has offered solar roofing
products for the past decade. Garland will collaborate with the University of Toledo to combine
its roofing expertise with thin film photovoltaic technologies to produce turnkey, factory-
integrated solar roofing projects.
Xunlight 26 Solar, LLC, located in Toledo (Lucas County) was awarded $996,924 for its
Flexible Thin-Film CdTe PV Modules project. This project is aimed at developing building-
integrated, rooftop photovoltaic systems based on lightweight modules on transparent polymer
materials. Using technologies developed in Ohio, Xunlight 26 Solar will develop small area
cells with greater than 10 percent efficiency; encapsulate the cells and modules and conduct
accelerated life tests of the modules; and scale-up the manufacturing capability and design a
Replex Plastics, located in Mount Vernon (Knox County) was awarded $350,000 for its
Concentrated Solar Power project. Replex Plastics will demonstrate light concentrating mirrors
for use in solar energy applications. More efficient mirrors will result in lower cost of electricity
for solar installations. These prototypes will be designed, fabricated, and installed in real-world
conditions for evaluation purposes.
2008 Third Frontier Advanced Energy Awards for Instruments, Controls
and Electronics Technologies
EBO Group, located in Sharon Center (Medina County) was awarded $1 million for its
Innovative Oil Cooled Electric Motor Drive System to Enable Advanced Hybrid Electric Drives
for Commercial Vehicles project. Project collaborator, Bowling Green State University, has
developed a system of motor cooling using oil that could significantly reduce the weight and
cost of hybrid drives. EBO Group and their collaborators will refine the motor design currently
developed by Bowling Green State University, develop additional components (clutch and
power electronics) to improve system performance, build six prototypes, and install three of
these on commercial vehicles for field-testing.
NexTech Materials, Ltd., located in Lewis Center (Delaware County) was awarded $549,088
for its Market Readiness of Hydrogen Sensor for Advanced Energy Applications project.
NexTech Materials will develop specifications for various customer applications, sensor
element design for manufacturing, sensor electronics integration and packaging, supply chain
development, establishing sensor manufacturing capability, and product validation/certification.
2008 Third Frontier Advanced Energy Awards for
Energy Storage Technologies
Applied Sciences, Inc., located in Cedarville (Greene County) was awarded $999,999 for its
Development of Specialty Carbons for Energy Storage project. Applied Sciences, Inc. will
develop and demonstrate a commercially feasible, advanced electrode material for lithium ion
batteries with increased energy and power densities.
University of Akron Research Foundation, located in Akron (Summit County) was awarded
$250,000 for its Novel Polymeric Membranes for Advanced Energy Storage Devices, Batteries
and Fuel Cells project. This project’s objective is to convert a prototype battery that uses a new
membrane developed by eVionyx, Inc. into a commercial battery. The University of Akron will
conduct polymer engineering activities to improve performance to meet specific end-use
application requirements, improve product quality and uniformity, and develop a process for
Inorganic Specialists, Inc., located in Miamisburg (Montgomery County) was awarded
$250,000 for its Manufacturing the Next Generation Lithium Ion Anode project. Inorganic
Specialists has developed a carbon nanofiber (CNF) paper that can be used in various
applications including lightweight composites. This project will optimize a CNF paper for use
as an anode material in lithium ion batteries. This anode material has shown the potential of
increasing battery storage capacity by a factor of 4X.
The Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program is designed to help companies in Ohio continue
to make technical progress toward the commercialization of advanced energy-related products
for future applications. The Advanced Energy Program Funds are made available to support
organizations seeking to commercialize new products, manufacturing processes or
technologies, or to adapt or modify existing components or systems that can reduce the cost of
advanced energy systems or address technical and commercialization barriers.
Media Contacts: Nikki Jaworski (614) 466-9161 or Kelly Schlissberg (614) 466-4133