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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Partner Highlight – USC Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative

Columbia, South Carolina means business. Especially when it comes to hydrogen and fuel cell research and job growth.

Led by the award-winning USC-City of Columbia Fuel Collaborative, innovators, researchers, and startups in the hydrogen and fuel cell world coalesced in Columbia to turn the power of their ideas into the future of power.

Columbia and the Collaborative secured $3.6 million in research from DARPA to power Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), welcomed LOGANEnergy Carolina into its fuel cell community, and launched fuel cell-specific training programs at Midlands Technical College in conjunction with local fuel cell firms. The Collaborative was recognized by the International Economic Development Council for Excellence in Technology-Based Development and helped successfully launch 2010 Fuel Cell Challenge winners WeylChem Sustainable Materials’ innovative advancement on ammonia borane into the market.

And that was just 2011.

Looking to the future, the University of South Carolina’s brand new Horizon I facility (photo), located in the heart of historic, downtown Columbia, South Carolina, now hosts some of the nation’s finest laboratories designed to uncover the next generation of energy technologies. This includes four Centers for Economic Excellence in hydrogen and fuel cell research and millions of dollars in private investment and endowments from South Carolina’s SmartState initiative.

Join us anytime at Booth #512 or on Tuesday, June 5th at the 10:00am Networking Break as we officially launch the next iteration of the Fuel Cell Challenge, the Collaborative’s signature innovation, industry-driven hydrogen and fuel cell competition, as we continue our tradition of success in the discovery, development, and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Have questions or want to meet in person? Email us at or visit