The Department of Energy recently awarded about $15.8 million for 30 new research projects that it said are “aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles.”
The announcement said more than 2,000 fuel cell vehicles have been sold or leased in the United States since 2015. Such vehicles “consume 95 percent less petroleum per mile than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles,” the DOE said, “have no tailpipe emissions and offer quiet operation.”
The DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office selected projects for the awards, in line with department goals of “enabling economic and efficient transportation via fuel cell electric vehicles that use hydrogen fuel produced from diverse domestic resources.”
More information about the DOE’s efforts to develop efficient fuel cell and hydrogen vehicle technologies is available here.