DOE to Invest up to $8.2 Million for Hydrogen Storage Research
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced earlier this year DOE plans to provide up to $8.2 million over four years—FY07 to FY10—for six hydrogen storage research projects, directly supporting President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI). The aim is to increase U.S. energy security and reduce reliance on imported oil. These projects, subject to negotiation of scope and funding, are also integral to the hydrogen fuel initiative (HFI).
“As a clean energy technology, hydrogen has great potential to help reduce our reliance on imported oil and serve as an integral part of our nation’s energy mix,” Secretary Bodman said. “Increasing hydrogen’s efficiency and storage capacity are crucial to its long-term success, and we are eager for this research to help move us toward making hydrogen vehicles with a 300-mile plus driving range commercially available to consumers.”
The HFI accelerates research and development of hydrogen technologies including hydrogen storage, production and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, which deliver high power density and offer low weight and volume compared to other fuel cells. Four projects selected seek to develop high capacity materials that could enable hydrogen storage systems to meet customer expectations in terms of driving range and performance. Selected organizations are:
Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill., for up to $1.88 million for storage research
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, for up $1.44 million for storage research
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, Calif., for up to $2.0 million for materials safety research
United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Conn., two awards: up to $1.07 million for materials safety research and up to $1.01 million for storage research
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, for up to $810,000 for storage research.