02/12/13

Center for Automotive Research, Stoneridge Partner on Third Frontier Research Grant

The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research is a partner on a newly announced Ohio Third Frontier grant to develop a high-tech sensor to monitor engine exhaust for compliance with emission standards.

Led by Stoneridge Inc.'s Control Devices Division, in Lexington, Ohio, the $1 million grant is part of the more than $13 million in awards announced July 14 by the Ohio Department of Development through the Ohio Third Frontier grant program. The Center for Automotive Research will receive $254,905 of the $1 million grant.

Stoneridge designs and manufactures electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for automotive, agricultural and commercial vehicle markets. The Warren, Ohio-based company has 18 manufacturing facilities and 14 sales and engineering support offices around the world, according to the company's website.

"This sensor program represents a significant economic opportunity to the state of Ohio," the company said in a written statement. "The project will further develop a reliable, accurate, self-cleaning and cost-effective sensor for particulate matter that provides on-board diagnostics for diesel engines."

The sensor will monitor engine compliance with the California Air Resources Board, Environmental Protection Agency and European particulate matter exhaust limits and lead to reduced air pollution.

“This is a great opportunity for Stoneridge and OSU-CAR to partner to move an emissions reducing technology into the commercial sector and eventually create jobs in Ohio, said Shawn Midlam-Mohler, Ohio State research scientist and principal investigator. “This project will harness the market knowledge, manufacturing expertise, and sensor experience from Stoneridge with the research expertise and facilities of OSU-CAR.” 

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About Ohio Third Frontier Grants

The Ohio Third Frontier grants program is designed to accelerate the development and growth of high-tech industries throughout the state, including biomedical, medical imaging and sensor fields. The grants provide direct financial support to organizations seeking to: commercialize new products; adapt or modify existing devices, diagnostics, or components; address technical and commercialization barriers; or demonstrate market readiness.

Officials say the Ohio Third Frontier program has attracted more than $5.9 billion in investments to the state, and assisted in the creation and retention of more than 68,000 direct and indirect jobs for Ohioans.