SOURCE: Delphi Corporation

June 05, 2008 14:00 ET

Delphi Awarded Further Government Funding for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Development

Contract Builds Upon Already-Successful Department of Energy Efforts

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) - Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) is part of a team led by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, that has been selected to develop technology for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Program. The project -- which includes $22 million in funding over two years -- focuses on enhancing energy security through zero-emission applications; it specifically targets solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) development. United Technologies Research Center is also part of the team.

By converting chemical energy in conventional fuels directly into useful electrical power without combustion, a SOFC operates quietly and at a higher efficiency level than traditional internal combustion engines. In fact, Delphi's SOFC emits nearly zero emissions under any operating conditions. Energy sources that support Delphi's SOFC auxiliary power units include natural gas, diesel, bio-diesel, propane, gasoline, coal-derived fuel and military logistics fuel.

Delphi has been working with the DOE under the SECA program since 2002. During that time, Delphi made significant advances in SOFC's power density and cost reduction. As part of that initial contract, Delphi and UTC Power will supply a 5kw demonstration system with larger cells and stacks by the end of 2008. With this most recent award, the team will:

--  Design a sub-scale, proof-of-concept system
--  Develop manufacturing capabilities
--  Resolve issues related to cost, performance and manufacturability of
    larger-scale fuel cells
--  Fabricate and test a scaled stack suitable for use in a full-scale

"At Delphi, we're proud to be counted on by SECA for this important project and again be recognized as a leader in solid oxide fuel cell development," said Mary Gustanski, Delphi Powertrain Systems director of Engineering, Customer Satisfaction, Program Management and Operations. "We look forward to working with UTC Power and leveraging their expertise in larger commercial and industrial applications."


Delphi is a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems, including powertrain, safety, steering, thermal, and controls & security systems, electrical/electronic architecture, and in-car entertainment technologies. Engineered to meet and exceed the rigorous standards of the automotive industry, Delphi technology is also found in computing, communications, consumer electronics, energy and medical applications. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Delphi has approximately 163,500 employees and operates 152 wholly owned manufacturing sites in 34 countries with sales of $22.3 billion in 2007. Delphi can be found on the Internet at


SECA was established by DOE's Office of Fossil Energy in 2000 to research and develop low-cost, modular, fuel-flexible SOFC systems by 2010. In early 2005, the SECA program was accelerated to deliver megawatt-class fuel cell systems in response to the emerging national need for low-cot carbon capture technologies along with the more efficient and cost-effective use of fuels abundantly available in the United States and the need to address reduced water usage in power plants.


UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, is a full-service provider of environmentally responsible power solutions. With 50 years of experience, UTC Power is the world leader in developing and producing fuel cells for on-site power, transportation, space and defense applications, as well as a leader in innovative, renewable energy solutions and combined cooling, heating and power solutions for the distributed energy market.


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