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DOE Offers $100 Million for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research
January 24, 2006
DOE announced on January 24th that it will provide up to $100 million over
four years for research projects aimed at advancing hydrogen fuel
cells. The research projects will seek to improve fuel cell membranes
and water transport within the fuel cell stack while minimizing the
effects of impurities on fuel cell performance and durability. The
research projects will also develop new fuel cell hardware, innovative
fuel cell concepts, and advanced cathode catalysts and supports.
Through this investment, DOE seeks to improve performance and to lower
cost of these technologies by 2010. The research funding is part of
the $1.2-billion Hydrogen Fuel Initiative announced by President Bush
in the 2003 State of the Union Address. Applications are due by
March 30th. See the
solicitation on the Grants.gov Web site.
In addition, DOE announced the selection of 12 competitively awarded,
cost-shared projects that will receive $19 million in federal funding
over the next five years for polymer membrane research. The goal of
the research is to increase the durability and shelf life of polymer
membranes, while simultaneously bringing down the cost. Polymer electrolyte
membranes are an integral part of hydrogen fuel cells. See the
DOE press release for the list of awardees, and to learn more, see the
description of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell
on the DOE Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies Program Web site.
To identify the research and development (R&D) challenges that remain
to be addressed, DOE also unveiled its "Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D
for the Hydrogen Economy." The 80-page document addresses challenges
to the manufacturing, storage, and production of fuel cell
technologies and proposes R&D solutions to overcome such challenges,
focusing primarily on technologies that are near commercialization.
The document is open to public comment for 45 days. See the roadmap
and public comment form on the "Hydrogen Manufacturing" page of the DOE Hydrogen Program Web site.