Kennewick company included in defense bill

By the Herald staff December 20, 2009 

Kennewick's Infinia Corp. will get $2.4 million from the federal government to develop a small, solar-powered engine to simultaneously produce hot water and electricity for soldiers in the field, it was announced Saturday.

The funding for Infinia and various other Department of Defense projects will provide a critical boost to the economy and make a strong investment in research, technology and innovation in the state, said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Infinia is expected to develop a field demonstration unit of the 2-kilowatt Stirling Tactical Cogeneration System by 2011, according to Infinia. The system is expected to improve conditions in the field for troops and allow them to generate hot water and electricity reliably, efficiently and quietly.

Murray, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, included $73 million in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill for Washington projects.

"This spending will create good jobs in Washington state and help our armed forces get the cutting-edge military equipment they need and deserve," Murray said in a statement.

The $626 billion defense bill passed the Senate by a vote of 88-10 and is expected to be signed into law soon by President Obama.

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