Fuel Cell Grant Program

July 14, 2021


This program has expired, for information on Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative grant awards  visit.

The Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative was established in May 2002 to support fuel-cell-related research, project demonstration and job creation. This $100 million initiative will provide (1) $75 million in financing to make strategic capital investments that will create and retain jobs; (2) $25 million to support fuel cell research, development and demonstration; and (3) $3 million for worker training. In May 2005, the initiative -- orignially designed as a three-year plan -- was extended through May 2008. Research, Development & Demonstration - $25 million Proposals for RD&D grants must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) by an Ohio business that is part of a larger project team (that may include out-of-state partner). The $25 million RD&D budget is comprised of $13 million of oil overcharge monies, $2 million from the Ohio Coal Development Office -- to further develop coal gasification and hot gas cleanup technologies for hydrogen supply for fuel cells -- and a $10 million Third Frontier Action Fund for competitive technology development and commercialization projects. Training - $3 million The Ohio Investment Training Program allocates $1,000,000 per year for fuel-cell-related companies. Through this program, Ohio businesses are eligible for grants covering up to 50% of the cost for training to upgrade the skills of their employees, or to train or re-train employees in areas related to fuel cells. Public Education ODOD conducts educational workshops and business seminars in conjunction with the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition and maintains informational materials on the state's Third Frontier Project web site (www.thirdfrontier.com) and the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition's web site (www.fuelcellsohio.org). The Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative is part of the state's Third Frontier Project, a 10-year, $1.6 billion plan to create high-tech, high-paying jobs through the expansion of the state's high-tech research sector and promotion of start-up companies.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Industry Recruitment/Support
Web Site: https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/ohio-fuel-cell-initiative
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Incentive Amount: Varies
Maximum Incentive: Varies
Terms: See summary


Name: Mike McKay
Organization: Ohio Department of Development
Columbus OH 43215
Phone: (614) 644-9159
Email: mmckay@odod.state.oh.us

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.