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LIMA -- The Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center and Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition are joining each other’s organizations as active members, the two groups announced this week.

The collaboration between the OEAMC and the OFCC will allow each organization to have a broader reach across the state of Ohio and share the competencies of their association, OEAMC President Judith Cowan and OFCC Executive Director Patrick Valente said.

Ohio is recognized as a global center for the fuel cell industry and has a unique combination of knowledge, resources and infrastructure to support the development of clean and efficient energy technology. The result is a hotbed of fuel cell businesses that are making real products today, Cowan said. The mission of the OEAMC and the OFCC are similar in their desire to bring new energy saving technologies to Ohio and the United States.

“I’m very excited to be able to work with Patrick Valente again. Patrick was the Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Development’s Technology Division when the Third Frontier Program was rolled out,” Cowan said. “We worked together on behalf of the State of Ohio for over a decade. He has an intimate knowledge of the high-tech companies across Ohio that have the potential to be future collaborators of the OEAMC.”

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