The Department of Energy (DOE) seems to be loaded with cash these days and is stopping just short of throwing the stuff at companies. We're thrilled that several advanced battery companies have received lots of the greenbacks, but the cash flow has to run dry at some point, right? Not yet, because the DOE has awarded grants to three more advanced battery technology companies.
It's not difficult to remember the elemental symbol for hydrogen (H) or that it is the most common element in the universe. But what do you do when you're an ambulance medic and the pile-up you've just pulled up at involves one of the GM Equinoxes that will take to the public roads this fall? This is the scenario that the Department of Energy would like to prepare first responders for with a new course, Introduction to Hydrogen Safety for First Responders, something the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sa
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced research awards of $11.2 million for "overcoming the scientific challenges associated with the production, storage and use of hydrogen" this week. While not a huge amount by DOE standards, the money will go to 13 projects that "will focus on fundamental science in support of hydrogen technologies," the DOE says. Nanotechnologies figure in over half of the money.
With the only hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile on the market (the Hydrogen 7, above, which is actually coming soon), it's no surprise that BMW is supportive of new hydrogen fueling stations. One such station opened at the University of California, Irvine, with BMW as a project collaborator. BMW's CleanEnergy strategy has as a core goal, "establishing a solid hydrogen infrastructure in the United States." But we all know this is something that is likely decades away. Still, BMW decide
Last week, the Department of Energy started a program for first responders (fire fighters, EMS/ambulance teams, etc.) on hydrogen safety. The on-line course, "tutorial acquaints first responders with hydrogen, its basic properties, and how it compares to other familiar fuels; its use in fuel cells for transportation and stationary power; potential hazards; and initial protective actions responders should take if they witness are called to an incident." Never too early to start, I guess.
The hydrogen economy is here. Well, at least it's starting. Slowly. The Department of Energy still estimates 15-20 years before L.A. and New York start to see serious hydrogen infrastructure, but that doesn't mean there aren't little infrastructure parts popping up here and there. We mention them now and again here on AutoblogGreen, but if you're looking for a detailed database of where ongoing or closed hydrogen/fuel cell installations, vehicle demonstrations and hydrogen fueling stations are l
Sigmund Gronich scoffed at me. I'd just told him that I write for AutoblogGreen and wanted to get his name right for the post about the presentation he and others had just given at the 2006 Fuel Cell Seminar in Honolulu. He chuckled to himself – and to the surrounding delegates from the fuel cell industry – and rolled his eyes. I asked him what he was worried about. He said, "Who knows what you guys write on your blogs." Well, Siggy – can I call you Siggy? – what I wanted
Here are some more details on two of the companies that are receiving grants as part of the Department of Energy's $100 million funding announcement for hydrogen projects around the country last week. One company, United Technologies Corporation, is researching more durable and less costly seals and catalysts for transportation fuel cell stacks and received $8.4 million. Another, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., is receiving $5 million for their work on proton exchange membrane fuel cell water managemen
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