Fuel-Cell Industry of Ohio
Established in 1993, the Breakthrough Technologies Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit group dedicated to advancing environmentally friendly energy solutions, named this year's top five fuel-cell states: Ohio, California, Connecticut, New York, and South Carolina.
Ohio is well poised to lead the industry because it is one of the few places in the world where all phases of fuel-cell development can take place, so the Buckeye State attracts a full spectrum of fuel-cell related companies, creating more green jobs for Ohioans.
Any component that's in a fuel-cell can be bought in Ohio. In fact, any fuel cell manufactured in the US more than likely has a component that comes from Ohio. This is so because the research that forms the backbone of the industry is well established in Ohio. Batelle, Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and even the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, all contribute to the research and development of fuel cells and its applications.
Fuel-cells are not new, they were invented between 1860 and 1870 and were used to power the original space program in the U.S.
This green technology simply had to take a backseat because other sources of energy, cheaper and more polluting, were in demand.
With the rising awareness of how much crude oil and coal contribute to environmental degradation, the fuel cell industry is facing rising demand, especially by companies wanting to switch to a more eco-friendly source of energy.
After all, fuel cells have applications for just about everything. Not only can small mobile electronic devices run on fuel cells, homes and businesses can be cooled and heated by them, and it's only a matter of time before cars will be designed to run on fuel cells rather than gasoline.
It's encouraging to see the advancement of a greener form of energy. Though it is true that the production of any form of energy takes a toll on the environment, fuel cell deserves our support because it is still a cleaner form of energy compared to crude oil and coal.