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Release Date: October 3, 2003

SECA Member Enters Joint Venture to Market Fuel Cells in Japan

Acumentrics Corporpation of Westwood, Mass., and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation have formed a new company, Acumentrics Japan Co., to market and sell Acumentrics’ tubular solid oxide fuel cell power systems in Japan.

Acumetrics is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA), a partnership between government, industry, universities, and other research organizations to advance solid oxide fuel cells. The National Energy Technology Laboratory co-manages the SECA program along with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

The new joint venture results from the efficiency and strength of Acumentrics’ tubular solid oxide fuel cell technology — a technology being advanced under the SECA program — and responds to growing commercial interest for SECA-supported fuel cells. 

Because SECA’s goal is to accelerate the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cells, the program selects research teams that have the ability to form commercial distribution networks early in fuel cell development. 

For more information about the SECA program, please visit the SECA website at


Contact: David Anna, DOE/NETL, 412-386-4646