|Higgins Secures $3 Million for Department of Defense Research and Development Projects for Buffalo Companies|
|January 19, 2006|
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $3,000,000 for defense projects in Western New York; $2 million for NanoDynamics and $1 million for the Calspan-UB Research Center (CUBRC). The funding was secured in the FY06 Defense Appropriations conference report, passed in the House of Representatives early this morning.
NanoDynamics, located right along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, has made Buffalo a leader in nanotechnology and scientific research. It will receive $2 million in funding for a portable SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell)/JP-8 demonstrator, which will develop 200 to 300 Watts in a low weight and volume, safe, reliable and cost-effective power source that will increase the soldier of the future’s tactical sustainability and survivability. The Army has identified a critical need for ultra-lightweight man portable power, chargers, and power management for dismounted soldiers, and this funding will address that need. This $2 million in funding for NanoDynamics is in addition to the $2 million in funding already secured by Higgins for the company in the FY06 Energy & Water Appropriations bill for a methane-powered fuel cell for water treatment facilities.
CUBRC, also based in Buffalo, will use the $1 million for the establishment of a National Center for Information Fusion Research, which will provide our nation’s defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities a single point of access to world-class researchers and scientists who have distinguished themselves in this discipline. The establishment of this center will bring new capabilities focused on enhancing our defense, intelligence and homeland security situational awareness and assessment capabilities. The center will bring experts from UB, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Penn State together under one roof.
“I am proud to represent a district that serves as home to these companies and institutions—they employ hundreds of my constituents, and are the backbone for the great heights of cutting edge research and development in the country and world,” said Congressman Higgins.