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Slaughter secures $25 million from House panel

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport has announced that she secured $25 million to continue advanced fuel cell research at the Department of Energy by clearing a major hurdle in the House.

She led House colleagues in reversing the administration’s proposal to eliminate the program in the fiscal 2013 budget request, noting it will benefit Delphi, a Henrietta company that employs 50 New Yorkers.

The House Appropriations Committee included $25 million for the DoE’s solid-oxide fuel cell research and development programs when it voted to approve the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water appropriations bill which awaits consideration before the full House.

Delphi employees work on the SOFC program to develop fuel cells that provide auxiliary power for heavy-duty trucks while idling, which will reduce greenhouse emissions and save fuel costs.

Last month, the DoE awarded Delphi’s industry team $4 million to continue the research.