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May 08, 2003

DOE to Award $150 Million for Hydrogen Demonstration Project

DOE announced on May 8th a $150-million solicitation for a five-year project to demonstrate and validate hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure. DOE seeks proposals from industry teams-ideally consisting of an automobile manufacturer and an energy company in combination with hydrogen fuel cell manufacturers, small businesses, universities, and state or local governments-that will split the cost of the project with DOE. The projects might include building a fleet of hydrogen vehicles or installing hydrogen fueling stations. Proposals are due by August 14th. See the DOE press release and the solicitation announcement.

President Bush has proposed $1.2 billion in research funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies over the next five years. The President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative is designed to develop hydrogen infrastructure in parallel with vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, allowing the technologies to be commercialized by 2015. See the Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies program on the EERE Web site.