Columbia has been pushing for increased hydrogen for at least three years, issuing a "Fuel Cell Challenge" in 2006. Now, with the funding cut, local paper The State details how the DOE's budget cut will impact the local businesses, school (University of South Carolina) and students that have been working for years on fuel cells. Last month, the city opened two hydrogen fueling stations and unveiled a "hydrogen freeway" idea for the state. The good news is that USC has also been working on stationary fuel cells, and the DOE is still backing those.
Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, executive director of the South Carolina Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance, told The State that the cuts are coming, wouldn't you know it, at just the wrong time: "This is a strange turn of events. We are very close to the tipping point (making fuel-cell applications, including cars, commercially viable). To stop that now is a waste of taxpayer dollars."
[Source: The State]
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