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DOE to Award up to $8.2 Million for Hydrogen Storage Research

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.


Warren Heath

The best way to store H2 is as Methanol, proven and very simple-minded. Blows away the DOE’s nutty schemes to try using that most difficult and uneconomic H2 gas. So why not some money for methanol production and direct methanol fuel cells. DOE, why are you not funding Professor Olah's ingenious method to produce methanol from waste CO2, water & electricity, a reverse methanol fuel cell?

Speaking of the absurdity of DOE funding priorities. How about funding Robert Bussard's Inertial Electrostatic Confinement fusion reactor? How about high efficiency engines for series hybrid vehicle generators? How about biomass to methanol / ethanol via the Fischer Tropsch process? How about thorium molten salt nuclear reactors?

It's curious how the more viable an energy technology is, the less likely that the DOE will fund it.

tom deplume

If the technology is truly viable then it would be easy to get funding from Wall St.

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