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Power plant made in Versailles starts up

| Friday, May 2, 2008

An Ashta Chemicals Inc. plant in Ashtabula, Ohio, has begun to generate some of the electricity it uses with HydroGen Corp.'s first fuel cell power installation, made at its factory in Versailles.

Cleveland-based HydroGen said this week that Ashta started up its 400-kilowatt plant as a demonstration project partly funded $1.25 million grant from the state of Ohio.

HydroGen is commercializing a phosphoric acid fuel cell technology that Westinghouse developed in the 1980s, targeting chemical companies as well as coke-making, gas production and other industries that produce hydrogen as a waste or byproduct. The technology is especially useful in areas where energy costs are high and the electric grid is strained, and air quality is poor, the company said.

The installation at Ashta, now undergoing testing, will be a prototype for other plants, the company said. HydroGen in January announced a series of agreements with Korea's Samsung Corp. for the technology.

> Ansys honored

Simulation software maker Ansys Inc. said this week it was ranked No. 5 on CIOZone's list of 40 Fastest Growing Big Software Vendors.

CIOZone is an online, interactive site where higher-level information officers share industry information. Ansys, based at Southpointe in Cecil, Washington County, was one of just two engineering simulation software companies on the list.

Last year, Ansys grew in sales by 45.8 percent, compared with 24 percent overall for U.S. software comanies.

CIOZone's Surging 60 also included a list of 20 fast-growing small software vendors -- Ansoft Inc., which Ansys plans to acquire, made that list.

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