DOE Awards $11.2 Million for Hydrogen Research

May 16, 2007

DOE announced on May 15th its selection of 13 projects to be awarded $11.2 million for research in hydrogen production, storage, and conversion technologies. Seven of the projects will focus on novel materials for hydrogen storage, including complex metal hydrides and nanostructured materials, which have structural features on the scale of a billionth of a meter, or nanometer. The remaining six projects are aimed at developing nanoscale catalysts for hydrogen storage; hydrogen production from water, biomass, or coal; and the conversion of hydrogen to electricity in fuel cells. The awardees include nine universities and four of DOE's national laboratories: Argonne, Brookhaven, Oak Ridge, and Pacific Northwest. DOE's Office of Science selected the new projects through a merit-reviewed, competitive solicitation process and plans to fund additional projects in fiscal year 2008. See the DOE press release and the DOE Hydrogen Program Web site.