The Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program has awarded $3 million US to Cleveland’s Case Western University to fund the Ohio Wind Energy Research and Commercialization Center to integrate new wind turbine facilities with R&D and industrial expertise for the commercialization of wind industry products and systems. Other participants include Parker Hannifin, Lubrizol Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Swiger Coil Systems, Cleveland Elec tric Laboratories, Phillips Group, and Wm. Sopko & Sons Company, who will provide $3 million in matching funds.

The Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program provides grants to support specifically defined near-term commercialization projects requiring major capital acquisitions and improvements at Ohio colleges, universities and nonprofit research institutions. Projects must involve one or more Ohio companies and be in the areas of advanced materials; advanced/alternative energy; instruments, controls and electronics; biomedical; and advanced propulsion. (Source: Ohio Department of Development, May 27, 2009)

Contact: Jon Dudley, Administrator, Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program, jon.dudley@development.ohio.gov, www.thirdfrontier.com; Dianne D. Anderson, Exec. Dir., Great Lakes Energy Institute, (216)-368-0889, dianne.anderson@case.edu, http://energy.case.edu