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ROCHESTER GAS & ELECTRIC GIVES $1 MILLION TO RIT'S CIMS: PARTNERSHIP TO FOCUS ON FUEL CELL RESEARCH

ROCHESTER GAS & ELECTRIC GIVES $1 MILLION TO RIT'S CIMS: PARTNERSHIP TO
 FOCUS ON FUEL CELL RESEARCH
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (NYSE: RGS) has committed an estimated $1 million to the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) at Rochester Institute of Technology.
 About $650,000 of the funds will be used for research involving a natural gas-energized fuel cell. The remainder of RG&E's contribution will be in engineering services and energy efficiency incentives for the planned CIMS building. RG&E said it's entering the partnership with RIT because it has potential to benefit RG&E customers and shareholders.
 A fuel cell is a modular power plant that uses natural gas and air to produce energy. It does not need "recharging" and combustion is not involved in its creation of energy. The study will examine its potential benefits for American manufacturers.
 According to RIT President Dr. Albert J. Simone, "We are grateful to RG&E for their generous support of CIMS and the impact it will have in strengthening the overall economic climate for manufacturing in the Rochester area and New York State."
 RG&E Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Roger W. Kober said that "the opportunity to test the potential benefits of the fuel cell in our community makes this a valuable partnership."
 He added that RG&E shareholders may also benefit as additional alternate sources of energy evolve, and benefit from research that improves the economic well-being of the area RG&E serves.
 The project will provide knowledge regarding possible benefits in three areas: the environment, conservation, and economic development.
 Environment: Generating energy from fuel cells produces significantly fewer emissions than are produced from burning natural gas in a combustion process. Fuel cells are also virtually noiseless.
 Conservation: RG&E wants to learn whether the technology will help conserve traditional electric energy. For example, if some industrial customers used fuel cells for part of their energy needs, it would free up electric capacity for customers who don't have such options. That could help RG&E delay the need for new energy sources.
 Economic Development: As it evolves, fuel cell technology might contribute to future economic development in our area by reducing energy costs for industry, thus helping it compete.
 The fuel cell at RIT will provide about 25 percent of the CIMS building's electric energy needs and 35 percent of its heat.
 "CIMS will benefit the Rochester area by helping stem the outward migration of small manufacturers from the community. It also will be a catalyst to train and educate the worker of the 21st century," explains Simone.
 "RIT is one of the nation's leading comprehensive universities emphasizing quality career-oriented programs, with a long history of close partnerships with industry. This includes that fact that 45 percent of our graduates work in manufacturing, and that our cooperative education program is one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive in the nation," Simone says.
 According to Paul Hauler, director of strategic relations for CIMS, "I see the partnership between RG&E and RIT as a long-term, strategic alliance. This fuel cell project supports the CIMS mission of adapting research in new technologies to the manufacturing environment."
 CIMS, a $33.36 million project, was established in 1989, and by utilizing a combination of technology, science, management, and quality control, will focus on the development of interdisciplinary solutions to manufacturing-related problems. The center will be housed in a 165,000- square-foot building on the RIT campus, offering real-time manufacturing bays in five distinct disciplines: electronics, imaging, printing and publishing, advanced materials, and mechatronics.
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 CONTACT: Mike Power of Rochester Gas & Electric, 716-724-8828
 (RGS) CO: ROCHESTER GAS & ELECTRIC IN: UTI ST: NY -- CL016 -- X600 09/30/92
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