The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition is a united group of industry,academic, and government leaders working collectively to strengthen Ohio’s fuel cell industry and to accelerate the transformation of the region to global leadership in fuel cell technology.
The Coalition was established to ensure Ohio’s presence both regionally and nationally in current fuel cell discussions and will work to:
- Build upon existing industry and academic strengths of research and development, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials technologies, components, and services to advance the integration of a coordinated, robust fuel cell infrastructure and supply chain.
- Promote public awareness about the positive role fuel cell technology can play as an efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible source of energy in a wide variety of applications.
- Expand networking and information sharing opportunities that lead to greater alliances and understanding of the economic opportunities available to Ohio organizations.
- Encourage federal funding that will leverage state resources in the development of fuel cell technology and the locating of commercial development, manufacturing assets, and job creation in Ohio.
OFCC is a 501(c)(6) organization incorporated in Cleveland, Ohio. We are co-located in Elyria with Lorain County Community College, which provides administrative support to OFCC.
OFCC is governed by a 21 member Board of directors.
The OFCC Team
Pat Valente, Executive Director, who for many years has been a leading proponent of Ohio's fuel cell industry through his past work with the Ohio Department of Development. Pat was recently appointed Executive Director of the OFCC. This appointment represents the OFCC Board of Directors' commitment to maximizing Ohio's industry leadership, fostering active participation in collaborative opportunities, and increasing awareness of Ohio's industry cluster through advocacy and marketing outreach.
For the last 16 years, Valente’s career has included serving as Deputy Director and Assistant Deputy for the Ohio Department of Development’s Technology and Economic Development Divisions. Valente most recently served as the top fuel cell advisor to the Ohio Department of Development. Valente is one of the key architects of the nationally recognized Third Frontier Program and has been the leading advocate for the development of Ohio’s fuel cell industry. He also has played an instrumental role in the success of the Entrepreneurial Signature Program (ESP) to foster collaboration and change for regional economic and development entities.Valente received his B.S. degree in Geography from Kent State University.
Linda Buckosh, Assistant Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, is passionate about her role in assisting the Coalition in promoting the valuable resources that Ohio has to offer in becoming a global leader in fuel cell technology and manufacturing.
Possessing a lengthy background in engineering for the electrical utility and distribution industry and office management, Linda’s strong skills in administration, business acumen, project development, corporate/community relations, and marketing will enable her to serve the coalition well and promote its mission. She is a graduate of Ohio University, summa cum laude, in Technical and Applied Studies, enhancing her business acumen and technical background. She is active in promoting education, regional opportunities, and an advocate for community organizations.