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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2009


Funding To Go To Local Companies for Development of Fuel Cells, Fuel Cell Chargers, and New Advanced Propulsion Vehicles -Will Boost Jobs, Economy in Region

Schumer Requested Committee to Include Funding In FY2010 Spending Bill

Bill Set to Pass Senate In Next Few Days

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate is set to approve $4,160,000 in funding for military projects in Rochester Finger Lakes.   


This funding includes $1.6 million for General Motors in Honeoye Falls for development of the Advance Propulsion Non-Tactical Vehicle program, $1.6 million for the Rochester Institute of Technology & Delphi Automotive Systems in Rochester for research into Fuel Cell manufacturability, and $960,000 for UltraLife Corporation in Newark for the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Powered Tactical Charger.


"This is terrific news for Rochester Finger Lakes because it will put people to work during these tough economic times," said Schumer.  "Providing our brave men and women with the equipment, services and resources they need – from top-flight are firms and institutions -- is essential to the success of our military. I will continue to fight for funds that will help our soldiers perform at the optimum level and to support the economy of the Rochester-Finger Lakes area."


General Motors will use this funding to develop the Advanced Propulsion Non-Tactical Vehicle for the U.S. Air Force.  This initiative applies ongoing advances in hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle technology for use in nontactical transportation fleets. The USAF has a fleet of approximately 60,000 non-tactical vehicles. A USAF fuel cell electric vehicle non-tactical fleet demonstration would reduce petroleum dependence, increase vehicle fuel efficiency, and promote alternative fuel vehicles. This would help the Air Force achieve its renewable-energy goals.


The Rochester Institute of Technology & Delphi Automotive Systems are receiving funding to support the development of Fuel Cell manufacturability.  This research will help accelerate the application of fuel cells for a wide range of DoD electrical power needs, including (but not limited to) ships and submarines, soldier power, ground vehicles, mobile electric power for bases and other field equipment, and aircraft. In particular, this project will enable the DoD to advance fuel cell manufacturing feasibility and readiness for field testing.


UltraLife Corporation will continue to develop the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Powered Tactical Charger through this appropriation.  These chargers, once ready, will serve as lightweight, efficient power sources for U.S. soldiers. 


The funding levels have been announced through the FY 2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report and are set to pass the Senate in the next few days.


The Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations funding will help prepare our troops any emergency that may arise by providing them with first class weapons and equipment, and ensuring that they and their families are well taken care of. The bill makes critical investments in the health, well-being and readiness of our armed forces, addressing issues raised by service members, their families, and Department of Defense officials in testimony before the Congress, and discovered through visits to military bases across the United States and overseas.




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