DOE Selects New Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence

    October 3, 2008

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of the team for negotiation of cost-shared awards to participate in a new Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence. The team will be led by Savannah River National Laboratory and consists of ten partners that include universities, industry and federal laboratories. DOE expects to provide up to $6 million in fiscal year 2009 for these projects, subject to availability of funds. The Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence is a virtual center that is anticipated to run for approximately 5 years. It supports the President's Advanced Energy Initiative to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources by changing the way we power our cars, homes, and businesses.

    The selected teams will address the significant engineering challenges associated with developing low-pressure, materials-based hydrogen storage systems that will enable fuel cell vehicles to meet customer expectations for driving range and performance. These projects will be incorporated into the DOE's National Hydrogen Storage Project, which currently focuses on hydrogen storage materials development. The team partners selected for negotiation of awards are:

    • Savannah River National Laboratory (Lead), Aiken, South Carolina
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington
    • United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
    • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado
    • General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan
    • Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
    • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
    • Lincoln Composites Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska