May 16, 2007

Department of Energy announces US$11.2 million for hydrogen research

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced US$11.2 million in awards for research, aimed at overcoming the scientific challenges associated with the production, storage and use of hydrogen.

The DOE’s Office of Science has selected 13 projects that will focus on fundamental science in support of hydrogen technologies. Universities and national laboratories in ten states and the District of Columbia will conduct the research. The projects were selected through a merit-review, competitive solicitation process; the DOE plans to fund additional projects in fiscal year 2008.

The projects will address two priority technical areas, with US$5.6 million granted over three years to seven projects studying novel materials for hydrogen storage, and US$5.6 million over three years to six projects studying nanoscale catalysts, which play a vital role in hydrogen production, storage and use.

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