A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives secured $25 million in funding on Wednesday that would fund advanced fuel cell research at the Department of Energy.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport), was joined by others trying prevent the program from being eliminated in the 2013 budget.
“At a time when we are recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we should all be fighting to boost new industries and create American jobs," said Slaughter.
The House Appropriations Committee included $25 million for the DoE’s solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) research and development programs when it voted to approve the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water appropriations bill.
Local company Delphi currently employs 50 in Henrietta who are working on the DoE SOFC program to develop fuel cells that provide auxiliary power for heavy-duty trucks while idling, which aims to reduce greenhouse emissions and save fuel costs.
Last month, the DoE awarded Delphi’s industry team $4 million to continue the research.
The fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water appropriations bill must now be considered before the full House of Representatives.