London, England [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Research always benefits from an exchange of ideas, so the United States and the United Kingdom are going to swap researchers for the pursuit of hydrogen technology advances.UK Energy Minister Mike O’Brien announced scheme 5 to send scholars from the UK to work with specialists at the Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The scholars will receive £250,000 (US $451,000) in financing and travel expenses for the first year so they can carry out hydrogen research and development studies in the U.S. “Hydrogen technologies not only offer very real reductions of CO2 emissions but also offer an important alternative source of fuel and energy,” O’Brien said. “The sharing of expertise and research is fundamental to delivering a hydrogen economy and finding long-term solutions for our environmental and energy concerns.” Research done at SNL will benefit hydrogen research programs in both countries. The Swindon, UK based Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will organize the country’s scholar exchange. EPSRC is the UK Government’s leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, and invests around £500 million (US $902 million) a year in a broad range of subjects from mathematics and materials science, to information technology and structural engineering. President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair began the research collaboration in 2002 with a goal of enhancing coordination and cooperation on energy issues.