U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
DOE Announces Four Hydrogen Demonstration Partnerships
April 6, 2005
Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced the details of four
"Hydrogen Learning Demonstration" partnerships on March 30th at the annual
conference of the National Hydrogen Association. According to
Secretary Bodman, companies are working in four teams on the
five-year, $380-million project, for which DOE is providing roughly half
the funds. In northern and southern California, ChevronTexaco and
Hyundai Motor Company will test fuel cells manufactured by United
Technologies Corporation. DaimlerChrysler and BP will be testing
Ballard Power System's fuel cells in hot arid climates like
Sacramento, California, and cold climates like Detroit, Michigan.
Ford Motor Company is also working with BP and Ballard in Detroit, but
also in hot, humid climates like Orlando, Florida. And General Motors
Corporation (GM) is trying out its own fuel cell stack in tests with
Shell Hydrogen, LLC in several locations: New York, Detroit,
California, and Washington, D.C. The four teams will collect data both
on the open road and in controlled test conditions.
The companies are investigating a myriad of hydrogen production
options, including hydrogen produced directly from sources such as
natural gas and ethanol, as well as hydrogen generated by
electrolyzing water with electricity from sources such as solar and
biomass power. Through the course of their research, the four teams
will employ 134 fuel cell vehicles and up to 28 hydrogen fueling
stations. See Secretary Bodman's speech and the related GM press release.
As noted by Secretary Bodman in his speech, DOE originally announced
the funding for the Hydrogen Learning Demonstrations a year ago,
although few details were announced at that time. See the DOE press release from April 27th, 2004.