Rolls-Royce Expands Fuel Cell Research

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Rolls-Royce says it is expanding its fuel cell research division in Ohio.

Company officials say they will invest $3 million in processing and testing equipment at Stark State College of Technology in North Canton, where Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems established its North American headquarters in 2006.

The move announced Monday is expected to create about 60 jobs and retain 32 others.

Fuel cells chemically generate electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen from the air.

Ohio has invested over $11 million at the college to help establish a fuel cell prototyping center. The state has also has awarded $3.5 million directly to Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce envisions global production of very large fuel cells -- generating hundreds of thousands or millions of watts that could be used by electric utilities or nuclear plants.

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