The US Department of Energy (DOE) plans to award up to $8.2 million, over four years (FY’07-’10), for six hydrogen storage research projects in support of the Administration’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (HFI).
The HFI is focused on accelerating research and development of hydrogen technologies including hydrogen storage, production, and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
Four projects selected seek to develop high capacity materials that could enable hydrogen storage systems for fuel cell vehicles to meet customer expectations in terms of driving range and performance. Two projects will also focus on understanding material safety to help select the most appropriate materials for use in future vehicles.
Selected organizations are:
Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, for up to $1.88 million for storage research;
Miami University, Oxford, OH, for up $1.44 million for storage research;
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, for up to $810,000 for storage research;
United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT, two awards: up to $1.07 million for materials safety research and up to $1.01 million for storage research; and
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, for up to $2.0 million for materials safety research.