US DOE to invest $20m in hydrogen technologies R&D projects

16 June 2014 (Last Updated June 16th, 2014 18:30)

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $20m to advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies through ten new research and development (R&D) projects.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will invest $20m to advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies through ten new research and development (R&D) projects.

In addition to economically producing and delivering hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic and renewable resources, advancing the technologies will enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.

Six of the ten hydrogen production R&D projects will produce, deliver and dispense hydrogen at less than $4 per gallon of the gasoline equivalent.

The DOE will finance $900,000 to FuelCell Energy to develop a novel hybrid system for low-cost, low greenhouse gas hydrogen production while Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive $2.2m for the development of a reactor for hydrogen production from bio-derived liquids.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Hawaii of Honolulu will each receive $3m to develop high-efficiency tandem absorbers capable of producing hydrogen from water using solar energy and to develop photoelectrodes for direct solar water splitting respectively.

"Advancing the technologies will enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions."

Additionally, Sandia National Laboratories will receive $2.2m to develop an innovative high-efficiency solar thermochemical reactor for solar hydrogen production and University of Colorado will receive $2m to develop a novel solar-thermal reactor to split water with concentrated sunlight.

The remaining four hydrogen delivery R&D projects will address the cost of compression, storage and dispensing at the station aimed to meet the hydrogen cost goal of less than $4 per gallon.

Southwest Research Institute will receive $1.8m from the US DoE to demonstrate a hydrogen compression system while Nuvera Fuel Cells will receive $1.5m to design and demonstrate an integrated, intelligent high pressure hydrogen dispenser for fuel cell electric vehicle fueling.

In addition to this, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be provided $2m to demonstrate a low-cost, steel concrete composite vessel for high-pressure hydrogen storage and Wiretough Cylinders will receive $2m to demonstrate a low-cost high-pressure hydrogen storage vessel using a steel wire overwrap.

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