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July 31, 2003

DOE Solicits Bids for $200 Million in Hydrogen Technology Projects

DOE announced the release of two hydrogen technology solicitations on July 31st. The solicitations will provide up to $200 million in funds over four to five years (subject to congressional appropriations) for research and development to support the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative.

The first solicitation, for hydrogen production and delivery technologies, covers processes to make hydrogen from biomass, devices to convert fuels into hydrogen, photovoltaic and biological processes to generate hydrogen using solar energy, and other advanced technologies to produce hydrogen by splitting water molecules. The solicitation also covers hydrogen separation and purification technologies, advanced hydrogen delivery technologies, and analyses of hydrogen production infrastructures.

The second solicitation, for hydrogen storage technologies, seeks to establish virtual "Centers of Excellence"-led by the DOE national laboratories-for metal hydrides, chemical hydrides, and carbon-based hydrogen storage. Applications are also being requested from universities and industry for new and innovative materials and concepts, compressed- and liquid-hydrogen technologies, and other hydrogen storage technologies.

Proposals for both solicitations are due in September 2003. See the DOE press release or go directly to the solicitations on the Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies Program Web site.