South Carolina's Voice for a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Economy
The South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance is a public-private collaboration for cooperative and coordinated utilization of resources in the state used to advance the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Founded in January 2006, the alliance was created by six core institutions and organizations devoted to hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives. They are:
- APPLIED RESEARCH CENTER: HYDROGEN
- CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
- SAVANNAH RIVER NATIONAL LABORATORY
- SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
- SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
- UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Today, our organization has grown to include ten more organizations that share our vision and desire for implementing a hydrogen and fuel cell economy. They are:
- SOUTH CAROLINA ENERGY OFFICE
- DANTHERM POWER INC
- GREENWAY ENERGY LLC
- NSF INDUSTRY/UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTER FOR FUEL CELLS
- PALMETTO STATE CLEAN FUELS COALITION
- SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS
- SOUTH CAROLINA FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE
- SOUTH CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM
The Alliance is a non-profit partnership of government, business, academia and citizens working together to grow economies of local communities, the state and the nation, to enable energy security and to limit our environmental footprint with the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies that are cost-effective, convenient and produced with local resources.
South Carolina's Economic Development
This report was funded by the Economic Development Agency of the US Department of Commerce in a grant awarded to the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance (SCHFCA). This abbreviated report is of a study completed by CADMUS on behalf of SCHFCA. The SCHFCA was founded in 2006 to oversee the state’s fuel cell strategy. The organization is a collaboration of public and private sector stakeholders seeking to promote the state’s hydrogen and fuel cell cluster.
Since 2006, when a study by Michael Porter identified hydrogen and fuel cells as a promising economic development opportunity for South Carolina, stakeholders in the state have supported a strategy to grow a cluster of hydrogen and fuel cell researchers and producers. The size of the state’s footprint in hydrogen and fuel cell research grew substantially, particularly under the states endowed chairs program. A handful of small start-ups also appeared within the state.
In 2005, the Strategic Analysis of South Carolina
identified three stages in the “Innovation Pipeline” that would support creation of a hydrogen-fuel cell cluster:
Discovery (research supporting the technologies), Development (establishment of productions capacity), and Deployment (market commercialization). Following the recommendations of the study, the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance (SCHFCA) was formed to coordinate efforts of major stakeholders in the state to grow the cluster. The cluster strategy aims to create a closely knit community of research, development, and deployment organizations that are
focused on creating a knowledge economy for the emerging industry and increase the per capita income of the citizens of South Carolina.
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