Will early hydrogen fuel cell investment pay off for South Carolina?

The StateMarch 2, 2009 

State and local taxpayers have paid $40.7 million in the past five years to establish a University of South Carolina research base in hydrogen fuel cells and create a cottage industry for Columbia and the Midlands.

For that investment, the region has attracted $23.4 million in outside research grants and applied for $35.8 million more. The investment has also generated about 100 jobs and created partnerships with dozens of private fuel cell companies or industries working with the technology.

It also has attracted a fuel cell manufacturing company – Trulite – built a hydrogen fueling station and has a host of demonstration projects, such as the fuel cell driven scoreboard at USC’s new baseball stadium.

USC also boasts the only National Science Foundation Fuel Cell Center in the nation.

And later this month, the National Hydrogen Association will bring more than 1,000 researchers, manufacturers and government officials to Columbia for its annual conference and expo.

Boosters say that's not bad for being in only the fourth year of a 20-year plan to turn the Columbia area into a national center of hydrogen research, part of a statewide push to make hydrogen pay.

To read the complete article, visit www.thestate.com.

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service