The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $47.7 million for 16 research, development, and demonstration projects across 13 states to bolster clean hydrogen technologies.
This initiative supports President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and aims to reduce technology costs, improve hydrogen infrastructure, and enhance fuel cell performance.
The goal is to decrease the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram within ten years, in line with DOE's Hydrogen Shot objective.
The projects, managed by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, will focus on hydrogen delivery, storage, and affordable fuel cells, especially for heavy-duty trucks. Some highlighted projects include: Developing high-performing fuel cells for trucks at the University of Hawaii ($4 million); A system by the Colorado School of Mines to recover hydrogen lost during liquid hydrogen transfers ($6 million); GE Research's design of a composite tank for hydrogen storage in heavy vehicles and aircraft ($2.9 million); The University of Southern California's creation of chemicals for efficient hydrogen transport and agricultural use ($1 million); Louisiana State University's development of a cost-effective method for hydrogen storage ($1 million).
The total public-private investment, including cost share, amounts to $58.4 million.
The DOE will negotiate with selected projects before finalizing funding.