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Rep. Marcy Kaptur statement on Department of Energy Awarding $3.6 million to Cleveland, Lakewood Companies


Washington, D.C., July 9, 2021: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Energy awarding $2 million to Cleveland, OH’s Eaton Corporation, and $1.6 million to Lakewood, OH’s NeoGraf Solutions LLC in support of their efforts to develop clean hydrogen technologies.


“Next-generation hydrogen technology is a critically important part of our nation’s overall strategy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and the Department of Energy’s announcement speaks to how northern Ohio companies are leading the way to America’s greener future,” said Rep. Kaptur. “This new funding will serve as a catalyst for innovation in the clean-energy sector, and support good-paying jobs right here at home.”


“Eaton’s project ‘High Efficiency and Transient Air Systems for Affordable Load-Following Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel Cells’ proposes a fundamentally new architecture for fuel cell air systems that will drive dramatic improvements in efficiency, power density, and durability to meet the needs of heavy-duty freight,” said Chris Herbst, spokesperson for Eaton. “We applaud Chair Kaptur for her work leading the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to fund these vital programs that will accelerate adoption of fuel cell technologies, reduce carbon emissions from heavy duty vehicles, and promote U.S. leadership in hydrogen fuel systems.”


“The NeoGraf Solutions LLC team is encouraged by the Department of Energy’s selection for funding, as it endorses our commitment to the development of next generation flexible graphite materials, which we have manufactured in Lakewood since 1964,” said Matt Getz, spokesperson for NeoGraf Solutions LLC. “These materials have been used as a key enabling technology for high-volume, long-life, and cost-effective fuel cell systems for over 30 years.”


The Department of Energy awarded a total of $52.5 million to 31 projects in support of its Hydrogen Energy Earthshot Initiative



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