The U.S. Department of Energy is hoping $20 million will help kick start the country’s hydrogen infrastructure.
The DOE has committed $20 million in grants, helping invigorate 10 different development projects. The agency hopes that hydrogen production, delivery and dispensing costs can be reduced to under $4 per gasoline-gallon equivalent. The majority of the funding will go towards six different production projects, including experimental approaches based on solar water splitting, bio-derived liquids and thermochemical reactors.
According to the DOE, approximately $7.3 million will help fund delivery and dispensing ideas including new compression systems and intelligent dispensers. Most recently, Hyundai delivered its first Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle in Southern California while Toyota and Honda are both working on theirs.
“Developing technologies that can economically produce and deliver hydrogen to power fuel cells from diverse, domestic, and renewable resources can enable substantial reductions in energy use and carbon emissions,” said the Department of Energy. “Advancing these technologies will be critical to the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles and other fuel cell technologies.”
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