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October 19, 2004

DOE Awards $75 Million to Support Hydrogen Fuel Research

DOE announced on October 19th its selection of 36 research projects to receive more than $75 million to support the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, including 11 projects to produce hydrogen from sunlight. The projects address major recommendations from the recent National Research Council (NRC) report, "The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers and R&D Needs," such as the NRC's call for shifting towards more exploratory research on sustainable, carbon-free pathways for hydrogen production.

The selected projects also establish more robust programs in distributed hydrogen-generation appliances—such as small-scale natural gas reformers and electrolyzers—that can be sited at existing gasoline stations. These projects will address the NRC's recommendation to use existing natural gas pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution systems for near-term hydrogen production. These small-scale technologies can also generate hydrogen from renewable resources such as biomass liquids and wind power.

When private cost share is included, the 36 projects come to a nearly $100 million investment and involve more than 115 organizations, including academia, industry, and DOE national laboratories. Projects were chosen through a merit-review, competitive solicitation process. See the DOE press release and the full list of projects (PDF 35 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.