Over the last decade, DOE noted, it has invested in research and development projects that have led to more than 400 patents, 65 pre-commercial technologies, and nearly 40 commercial technologies in the market — positioning the U.S. as a leader in the emerging fuel cell industry.
Building on these efforts, these two new projects will continue research and development work aimed at making cost-effective, high-performing fuel cell membranes that can operate under hotter and drier conditions. The 3M project will receive $3 million to focus on developing fuel cell membranes with improved durability and performance using processes which are easily scalable to commercial size. The Colorado School of Mines will receive $1.5 million to develop advanced hybrid membranes for cutting edge, next-generation fuel cells that are simpler and more affordable and able to operate at higher temperatures.
For more information on DOE’s hydrogen and fuel cells program, visit www.hydrogen.energy.gov.
Publication date: 8/12/2013