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US DOE awards $12.5m to catalyst research for hydrogen production
US DOE awards $12.5m to catalyst research for hydrogen production

US DOE awards $12.5m to catalyst research for hydrogen production

Researchers at the University of Chicago have been awarded $12.5m by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate zero-emission hydrogen energy, with hopes of developing catalysts to optimise electrolysers.

The funding will see the Catalyst Design for Decarbonisation Centre (CD4DC) established, which the University of Chicago has said will seek to discover and develop catalysts to optimise catalytic reactions in electrolysers for clean hydrogen production.

H2 View understands, the overall goal of the CD4DC is to work on finding innovative solutions for long-lasting hydrogen energy research, which could potentially offer a zero-emission alternative to fossil fuels.

Heading up the centre, Laura Gagliardi, said, “By expanding our fundamental understanding of these chemical processes, we will be able to help address one of humanity’s biggest global challenges – climate change.

“Collectively, we must invent new, renewable sources of energy. The mission of CD4DC is to offer an efficient, pragmatic solution that will impact society for the better, sooner.”

Coming as part of the DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Centres, a programme set up in 2009 to tackle the toughest scientific challenges, the CD4DC will also partner with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Clemson University, Northwestern University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Minnesota.

Jennifer Granholm, US Secretary of Energy, said, “Meeting the Biden-Harris Administration’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals will require a game-changing commitment to clean energy, and that begins with researchers across the country.”

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