On Tuesday, while speaking to the Council on Competitiveness and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Energy Department Secretary Samuel Bodman announced that $100 million has been awarded to 25 fuel cell research and development projects. Bodman said, "We expect hydrogen to play an integral role in our energy portfolio and we are eager to see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road in the near future."
Watch out back there, there's more news of government support for hydrogen fuel cells incoming. Yesterday, we heard that UTC Power (a company owned by United Technologies Corp.) would be part of three zero-emission bus projects sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). These California and Washington, D.C. projects are each multimillion endeavors grouped in the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development competitive grant program. UTC's fuel cell power system is called PureMotion