The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $1.5 million (€1.44 million) in funding for five projects that will aim to advance key clean-hydrogen technologies, while growing the skills and knowledge of science and engineering students at Minority Serving Institutions. The funding will be provided by the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) through an amendment to a funding opportunity from the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM). in addition to $1.5 million in direct project funding, $550,000 will be provided for National Laboratory support of these projects.
The new projects will aid the tank storage industry to gain new and younger talent as well as increased awareness of the multiple roles in the tank storage sector. As a wider impact, the funding will improve insights and education on hydrogen, its production and storage, leading to better solutions and technologies in the future. The aim is to engage with emerging minority talent on these projects that will reduce the costs of technologies for producing and using clean hydrogen and improve materials used throughout the hydrogen value chain.
The advances made in each project will help achieve the Hydrogen Shot (a framework and foundation for clean hydrogen deployment in the American Jobs Plan) goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen.
Two projects were selected from the University of Texas at El Paso, two projects were selected from the University of California, Riverside, and the final project was selected from California State University, Los Angeles.