The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its intention to invest up to $100m over five years in two new DOE National Laboratory-led consortia to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Announced yesterday, the funding will be used for research and development (R&D) activities and is subject to appropriations.
“Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have the potential to enable resiliency, energy security, and economic growth across multiple sectors,” said Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy.
“Through these ambitious new initiations, the Trump Administration continues its commitment to all of the above energy solutions, providing a wide variety of clean energy options for both power generation and transportation.”
With the funding, one consortium will conduct R&D to accelerate the development of fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicle applications, including long-haul trucks.
The initiative will set a five-year goal to prove the ability to have a fully competitive heavy-duty fuel cell truck that can meet all of the durability, cost, and performance requirements of the trucking industry.
“We have made tremendous technological progress on fuel cells, electrolysers, and fundamental materials, but hydrogen infrastructure remains a critical barrier we are committed to overcome,” said Daniel Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
“Through these new consortia, the National Labs, industry, and academia will work together to improve the cost, durability, and distribution of these technologies in order to realise their full potential.”