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DOE Awards $75 Million for Advanced Hydrogen Fuel Cells
DOE announced on July 17th that it will award a total of $75 million to 13 firms and educational institutions for research in advanced fuel cells for vehicles and buildings. The projects will tackle such technical challenges as fuel reformers (to convert common fuels into hydrogen), more durable fuel cell components that can withstand higher temperatures, methods to manage heat and moisture within fuel cells, recycling of expensive platinum catalysts, and replacement of platinum catalysts with less-expensive metals. DOE also recently awarded $21 million to 11 firms and universities for hydrogen storage, production, and sensor technologies. See the DOE press release.
All together, DOE has awarded $96 million this year in support of the President's FreedomCAR and Hydrogen Fuel Initiatives, and several additional solicitations are in progress. See DOE's Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies Program Web site.