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June 18, 2014

Energy Department Invests $20 Million to Advance Hydrogen Production

The Energy Department on June 16 announced $20 million for 10 new research and development projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies. Developing technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources can enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.

The Department's national laboratories will research four of the projects. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will receive $3 million to develop high-efficiency tandem absorbers based on novel semiconductor materials that can produce hydrogen from water using solar energy. Oak Ridge National Laboratory will receive $2 million to demonstrate a low-cost, steel-concrete composite vessel for high pressure hydrogen storage. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive $2.2 million to develop a reactor for hydrogen production from bio-derived liquids. And Sandia National Laboratories will receive $2.2 million to develop an innovative high-efficiency thermochemical reactor for solar hydrogen production. In addition, the Department awarded funding to FuelCell Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut; the University of Colorado at Boulder; the University of Hawaii of Honolulu, Hawaii; Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. of Billerica, Massachusetts; the Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio, Texas; and Wiretough Cylinders LLC of Bristol, Virginia. See the Energy Department news release and the Department's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells webpage.