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Weylchem and BioBlu win Columbia fuel cell challenge
Production, Oct 22 2010 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- The University of South Carolina (USC) / Columbia fuel cell collaborative has awarded Weylchem and BioBiu as winners of the "Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge 2010".
Weylchem Sustainable Materials LLC, a German company with US operations, won first prize, for its proposal to produce low cost chemical compounds as a source for hydrogen. Industry experts on the judging panel were impressed by the cost effectiveness of its technology to produce chemical compounds at a high level of purity, and how it could be used in many different marketplaces. It is in a partnership with a Columbia based startup company called Boroscience International.
"We are so pleased to receive this honour, and believe that it's the best platform to take our ideas from lab scale to commercial scale," said Dr. Andreas Maier, Vice President for Sales & Marketing at Weylchem US.
Second prize went to Bio-Blue, a proposed synthetic fuel and fuel cell integration joint venture, between Neutzler and Associates of Florida, and researchers at University of South Carolina, with support from Los Alamos National Labs. It will develop a new fuel source, a new approach to hydrogen storage, and a new approach to fuel cell power generation. The company will develop its own fuel and develop its own fuel cells.
"It is an honour to receive this award and we look forward to joining the Greater Columbia Commerce in this new innovation", stated Jay Neutzler, one of the new venture partners for Bio-Blu.
The judging panel included experts from science, academia, industry, and the investment community, and applications were received from the US and Europe.
Winners are promised "access" to startup capital, incubation resources and business planning support.