Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced ten cost-shared hydrogen storage research and development projects that will receive up to US$15.3 million over five years. The funding is part of President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, which committed US$1.2 billion to research and development for hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

“Researching and improving the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in our vehicles is a long-term priority for the U.S.,” said DOE Under Secretary Clarence Albright, Jr. “With continued investment, hydrogen holds the potential to help fundamentally change the way we power our vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Albright made the announcement at the Washington stop of the Hydrogen Road Tour, a 13-day cross-country trip that gives Americans the opportunity to see what the future could hold for hydrogen vehicles. Demonstration hydrogen vehicles from nine manufacturers will participate in the tour, which is sponsored by the DOE and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The selected projects seek to develop hydrogen storage technologies that will enable fuel cell vehicles to meet customer expectations for longer driving range and performance. The projects include the development of novel storage materials, efficient methods for regeneration of storage materials, and approaches to increase hydrogen binding energies to enable room-temperature hydrogen storage. The DOE is focusing primarily on vehicles that will enable a driving range of greater than 300 miles (482 km), within packaging and cost constraints.

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