Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will invest nearly US$7 million over five years for independent cost analyses supporting research and development efforts for fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems.

The projects, in California, Ohio and Virginia, will generate cost estimates for manufacturing, labour, energy, raw materials and various components that will help identify ways to reduce the production costs of fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems. The DOE will use the data to help focus future research and developing funding on the processes that can deliver the greatest gains in efficiency.

“These projects will help advance our fuel cell and hydrogen storage research efforts and bring down the costs of producing and manufacturing next-generation fuel cells,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “These technologies are part of a broad portfolio that will create new American jobs, reduce carbon pollution, and increase our competitiveness in today’s global clean energy economy.”

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