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August 05, 2003

Italy to Join DOE's International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy

DOE announced on August 5th that Italy intends to join its International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy. Italy has a well-developed research and development program that addresses hydrogen and fuel cell applications in vehicles and for electric power. The Italian government plans to cooperate with the United States on investigations of hydrogen production, storage, and transport, as well as end-use technologies and codes and standards. Italy and the United States currently cooperate under a bilateral science and technology agreement and under the implementing agreements of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham proposed the new partnership during a speech to the IEA ministers in April, and encouraged the European Commission to participate in June. Italy will be the first country to join the partnership, although several other countries have expressed their interest. Secretary Abraham made the announcement after a meeting with Antonio Marzano, Italy's Minister of Productive Activities. See the DOE press release.