"Combined with the NextEnergy Zone and other components of theNextEnergy Initiative, the new center will significantly expandMichigan's leadership in alternative energy research andmanufacturing," Engler says.

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The center will be built on a site bounded by Woodward Avenue,Lodge Freeway, I-94 and the Grand Trunk Railroad tracks. The new40,000-sf facility will include laboratory space, businessincubator space, collaborative meeting space and other features tosupport the alternative energy industry.

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Major components of the initiative include developing programsin power electronics, alternative energy, fuel cells, industrysupport services and future accelerator programs.

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"We hope to become the national hub for fuel cell technology andresearch, taking the automotive industry to the next level," saysDetroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

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The initiative includes statewide tax incentives for companiesinvolved in new alternatives energy research, development andmanufacturing expanding or locating anywhere in Michigan.

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