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U.S. Issues New Funding For Hydrogen Cars


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it will give out $7 million to advance hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEVs) development. The DOE says such projects are "critical to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies."

The money is aimed at surmounting obstacles lie weight, size and cost, which have slowed the development of FCEVs, which substitute a fuel cell for the battery used in electric cars. The improvements should enable longer driving ranges and help make fuel cell systems competitive for different platforms and sizes of vehicles.

$2 million goes to Meteria of Pasedena, California to reduce the cost of compressed hydrogen storage systems by introducing a new resin system for fabricating high pressure storage tanks.

"Reducing the amount of carbon fiber required in hydrogen tanks will substantially lower manufacturing costs and hasten market adoption of fuel cell-based cars, buses, and trucks," stated Dr. Michael A. Giardello, Materia's President, CEO and CTO.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and San Francisco-based Ardica each get $1.2 million for hydrogen storage system improvements. Finally, $1 goes to Malibu-based HRL Laboratories.

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