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DOE awards $1M to project on cost-competitive hydrogen fuel

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $1 million to a project to analyze and evaluate potential cost-competitive pathways for producing and transporting hydrogen fuel. The project selected—led by Strategic Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia—will identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources.

The project will conduct thorough cost analyses of hydrogen pathways—including electrolysis from the electrical grid and renewable energy sources, converting biofuels to hydrogen, biomass gasification, solar thermochemical hydrogen, photoelectrochemical, and biological hydrogen—to identify the most economical hydrogen production and delivery methods and highlight remaining research and development challenges.

This investment supports the Energy Department’s broader goal to achieve $2 to $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) of hydrogen fuel by 2020.



To be clear we already have hydrogen that is cost competitive per mile driven in fuel cell vehicles, as they use it 3 times more efficiently than ICE, or around twice as efficiently if you are using natural gas and steam reformation.
They are talking about further reducing the costs, so it would be about the same price per gallon equivalent, and much cheaper per mile driven.


Natural gas reforming at the station can get them to $4 gge. It would be lots cleaner, but the range would not be as far.

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