UNIVERSITIES Alternative Energy
· More than 93,000 students attend the Detroit Region’s ten Thompson, a faculty member with U-M ‘s Department of
universities, with another 28,000 attending 13 colleges and Chemical Engineering, is
137,000 attending 18 community college campuses. working with several industry
partners to develop catalysts
· Supported in part by a NextEnergy competitive grant, that would significantly reduce
community colleges and universities in Michigan will be creating the size, weight and cost of fuel
undergraduate, graduate and community college degreed processors. Fuel processors
programs in alternative energy technology. are essential components for the Alternative energy technology has the potential to revolutionize every facet · There are over 100 companies in the Detroit Region involved in
conversion of hydrocarbons like of our lives, powering our transportation, homes, schools and work. development of alternative energy technologies. Michigan is 4th in the
· Renowned research institutions like the University of Michigan gasoline into hydrogen for proton nation in high technology jobs.
(U-M) and Wayne State University are able to attract the top exchange membrane fuel cells. · Home to the state of Michigan’s NextEnergy Center and Kettering
echelon of alternative energy researchers. Professor Levi University’s (formerly GMI) Center for Fuel Cell Systems and Powertrain · General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making significant investments
University of Michigan Solar Integration, the Detroit Region is uniquely positioned to become the in the development of fuel cell technology. Not only has each company
Decathalon Home project. world’s leading center for alternative energy technology, research & developed a fuel cell-powered automobile, but also made a commitment
Photo by, Chris Gunn, Solar Decathlon
development, education and manufacturing. to contribute and participate in the Department of Energy’s FreedomCAR
FEDERAL COMMITMENT · Michigan leads the nation in automotive research and development.
The state is home to 85 percent of all vehicle-related research and · In 2005, DTE Energy built and tested a hydrogen system capable of
· U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary (and former · FreedomCAR, a public-private partnership between the DOE development activity with $13.5 billion spent annually and 65,000 workers generating more than 15,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. The $3-million
Michigan Senator) Spencer Abraham announced a $1.2 billion, and the Big 3 automakers will focus on technologies to enable employed by these companies. test project was funded by DTE and the U.S. Department of Energy.
10-year program of alternative energy research grants and mass production of affordable hydrogen-power fuel cell vehicles
tax credits at the Detroit Economic Club in February 2003. and the hydrogen supply infrastructure to support them.
Secretary Abraham pointed out that “the success of this project
will ultimately depend on the scientific genius and engineering · The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
know-how of those in this city and beyond…the future will not National Automotive Center (TACOM-NAC) in Warren recently REGIONAL DETROIT ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
be constructed in the halls of government, but in the labs and introduced a class-eight Freightliner truck fitted with a methanol-
factories of GM, Ford, Chrysler and others.” fueled fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU) at the Society of
Automotive Engineers 2003 World Congress in Detroit. The 5-kW
· The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Vehicle and APU, which includes a fuel cell stack manufactured by Ballard
Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan is the first Power Systems, will provide electricity for on-board demands and
federal facility capable of testing and certifying a fuel cell vehicle external devices, including computers, satellite dishes and three-
for emissions and fuel economy. dimensional mapping systems, in military trucks.
In addition to the incentives available to companies locating in · Certified alternative energy technology businesses may be
NextEnergy’s Alternative Energy Renaissance Zone (see above), eligible for a personal property tax exemption through 2012. Non-
the following incentives are available to alternative energy alternative energy businesses may be eligible for an exemption Pushpins
companies in Michigan: on personal property that is used solely for the purpose of
researching, developing or manufacturing alternative energy Alt. Energy Companies
· Certified alternative energy companies in Michigan may be technologies. Kettering University
eligible to claim a credit against Michigan Business Tax. (MBT).
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Colleges/Universities
Dean Johnson Bernie Pekor
Senior Director, Business Development Director, New Markets/Asia
Detroit Regional Economic Partnership Detroit Regional Economic Partnership
Mark Denson Mike Shapiro
Director, North American Marketing Program Director, Regional Business Development
Detroit Regional Economic Partnership Detroit Regional Economic Partnership
APPLICATIONS NEXT ENERGY
Stationary Mobile Michigan’s NextEnergy initiative is dedicated to accelerating the Companies and researchers will be invited to exhibit their
More than 200 alternative energy systems have been installed all All of the major automotive manufacturers have a fuel cell commercialization of alternative energy technology. technologies against the micro-grid and infrastructure. Regulatory
over the world in hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, office buildings, vehicle either in development or in testing. Each of the Big 3 are agencies and independent research institutions will be invited to
schools, utility power plants and an airport terminal, providing committed to the advancement of fuel cell technology and the · The NextEnergy Center, located in the Wayne State University utilize the facility to advance alternative energy code and standard
primary power or backup. In large-scale building systems, fuel application of alternative energy technology to the automobile: (WSU) Research & Technology Park, will be a 40,000-square- work.
cells can reduce facility energy service costs foot facility. The Center will house laboratory space, business
by 20-40 percent over conventional energy · In May 2003, General Motors and Shell incubator space, collaborative meeting space and other features · Through competitive grants, NextEnergy will assist community
service. Hydrogen began providing Washington policy to support the alternative energy industry. colleges and universities to create curriculum leading to graduate,
makers with a fleet of six fuel cell minivans and undergraduate and community college degreed programs in
Alternative energy sources are ideal for two pumps to refuel them. The Zafira minivans · This 50-acre urban Detroit location has been designated an alternative energy technologies (AET) as well as continuing
power generation, either connected to the will be powered by a 94-kilowatt HydroGen 3 Alternative Energy Renaissance Zone by the City of Detroit and education and technical certification programs in AET. The
electric grid to provide supplemental power or fuel cell system. offers a 20-year state and local tax exemption for companies Center will also establish scholarship and industry placement
backup assurance for critical areas. Systems that locate and perform alternative energy technology research, programs for students interested in advancing their education and
may also be installed as a grid-independent development, and manufacturing. Qualified alternative energy experience in AET.
generator for on-site service in areas that are · Chrysler plans to lease as many as ten of companies locating in the Zone may also be eligible for a
inaccessible by power lines. its F-Cell fuel cell cars in Japan over the next personal income tax credit against any income taxes paid by their
two years. DCX has received approval from employees who work in the Zone for up to 20 years.
Portable the Japanese government to begin testing the
Micro fuel cells will help consumers talk for up to a month on vehicles on public roads this summer. · An alternative energy micro-grid will be built to power the “The 20th Century was the century of the
a cellular phone without recharging. Fuel cells will change the Center and related developments. NextEnergy intends to build internal combustion engine. The 21st Century
telecommuting world, powering laptops and palm pilots hours the infrastructure that will push the demonstration of alternative will be the century of the fuel cell.”
longer than traditional batteries. Other applications for micro fuel energy technology to a higher level. Infrastructure to handle Rick Wagoner, CEO, General Motors Corp.
cells include pagers, video recorders, portable power tools and hydrogen for the micro-grid, fueling of demonstration vehicles and
low power remote devices such as hearing aids, smoke detectors, for use in laboratory testing is the goal as the Center develops.
burglar alarms, hotel room locks and meter readers.
CENTER FOR FUEL CELL SYSTEMS & POWERTRAIN INTEGRATION
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY COMPANIES IN THE DETROIT REGION · Kettering University has established a Center for Fuel Cell automotive companies and their emerging technologies. The
Systems and Powertrain Integration in Flint. The Center is primary focus is fuel cell systems testing and integration,
housed in Kettering’s new $42-million, 120,000-square-foot validation of fuel cell codes and standards and seeking niche
ABB Flexible Automation Nissan Technical Center North America
Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry research initiatives
Adaptive Materials OMG
Building which was completed in 2003. to advance product
Arris International Ovonic Battery development.
ASG Renaissance PAICE · The Center will lead Michigan and
AVL North America Praxair the nation in educating current and · Kettering University
Bekaert ECD Solar Systems PowerQuest Partners future generations of engineers to will also attract alternative
Ballard Power Systems Prodrive Englehard conduct world-class fuel cell systems energy companies to its
Chevron/Texaco Ovonic Battery Systems REB Research & Consulting R&D, testing and evaluation and industrial research park
Chrysler Ricardo improve manufacturing capacity. The which is designated as a tax-
Convergence Robert Bosch Center is powered by a 200-kilowatt free Renaissance Zone.
Dana Siemens Automotive stationary fuel cell and will feature
classrooms, labs and offices.
Delphi Automotive Systems SPX/Valley Forge Technical Information Services
DENSO International America STM Power
· The Center offers testing and
Dow Corning Subaru Research and Design research services combined with an
DTE Energy T/J Technologies incubator environment for supporting
Eaton TACOM-National Automotive Center tier one and tier two
Energy Conversion Devices Toyota Technical Center
FEV of America Trane
“I believe fuel cell vehicles will end the hundred-year reign of the internal combustion engine as a
Ford Motor TRW Automotive
dominant source of power for personal transportation. It’s going to be a wining situation all the way
Froude Consine United Solar Systems
around – consumers will get an efficient power source, communities will get zero emissions and
Fruedenberg-NOK Universal Parametrics
automakers will get another major business opportunity – a growth opportunity.”
Futuristic Design International Valeo
Bill Ford, CEO, Ford Motor Company
General Motors Venture Industries
Honda North America Volkswagen of America
Isuzu Motors America