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March 10, 2004

DOE Releases Long-Term Hydrogen Research Plan

DOE released a research plan on March 10th that outlines the agency's planned activities, milestones, and deliverables needed to support the shift to a hydrogen-based transportation energy system. The "Hydrogen Posture Plan" identifies milestones for technology development over the next decade, leading up to a commercialization decision by industry in 2015. The plan integrates the research, development, and demonstration activities of four DOE offices: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); Fossil Energy; Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology; and Science.

An integrated hydrogen program will improve the effectiveness and accountability of DOE's research activities and increase the probability of success in achieving technical milestones on the road to a hydrogen economy. DOE has also coordinated its work on codes and standards with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies. The plan also points out that the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier can enhance energy security while reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. See the DOE press release, or go directly to the Hydrogen Posture Plan (PDF 2.1 MB). Download Acrobat Reader.