WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy announced $11.2 million in grants for research aimed at furthering hydrogen fuel cells.
Tuesday's announcement is aimed at overcoming problems with production, use and storage of hydrogen. One of the biggest problems is the size of the battery, but the projects selected for funding will focus on new materials used for storage and also catalysts for producing hydrogen.
"This funding will support transformational scientific research addressing major issues underpinning the hydrogen economy: hydrogen storage, essential for transportation; and catalysts, for hydrogen production, storage and use," said Undersecretary for Science Raymond Orbach.
More than a dozen projects in about 10 states were selected from universities and laboratories across the country, including Rutgers University in New Jersey, Ohio State University, University of California and Georgetown University in Washington. The funding is part of the initiative to encourage diversity in research and development of new, clean-energy technologies and President Bush's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative.