Constituent Services
Higgins Announces $4 Million More for Defense Projects in Western New York, Bringing Total $15 Million in Defense Appropriations Back to District
June 21, 2005
NanoDynamics and CUBRC Each to Receive $2 Million
 
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $4,000,000 for defense projects in Western New York, split between NanoDynamics and the Calspan-UB Research Center (CUBRC).  The funding was secured in the FY06 Defense Appropriations Bill, passed in the House of Representatives last night.  The bill must now be considered by the Senate and will then be taken up by a House-Senate conference, after which it will be voted on in both chambers before it proceeds to the President for signature.
 
“NanoDynamics, located right along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, has made Buffalo a leader in nanotechnology and scientific research,” said Congressman Higgins.  “CUBRC, where the average employee salary is $71,000, has been a leader in generating technological and economic growth in Western New York.  Both these companies are playing a critical role in our nation’s defense and military preparedness, whether more effectively protecting our troops in combat, or streamlining our defense research capabilities.  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.”
 
NanoDynamics 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.
“NanoDynamics is very appreciative of the support it has received from our Congressional delegation,” said NanoDynamics CEO Keith Blakely.  “This project is designed to provide significant power and weight advantages to combat soldiers as their electronic gear continue to increase in power requirements.  The ability to offer portable power from an advanced fuel cell, such as the one we are developing, and to be capable of refueling the system with standard military fuels has major positive benefits to our fighting men and women.  We are excited to be involved in this initiative.”
 
CUBRC, also based in Buffalo, will use the $2 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.
 
“The center will be a significant educational resource centered here in Western New York that will provide post-undergraduate training in this emerging field and also be a catalyst for the creation of new high technology employment opportunities in the Buffalo-Niagara region,” said Michael D. Moskal, Director, Information Exploitation Group at CUBRC. 
 
“By combining the unique talents available in our University partners with the Systems Engineering capabilities provided by CUBRC we will facilitate the transition of basic research created at the Universities into real world operational systems designed to designed to provide first response and military command personnel and analysts advanced situation and threat assessment tools that can significantly enhance their capability to carry out their duties.”
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