States, schools and private companies are working together to map out the future of hydrogen power in New York State. Governor George E. Pataki awarded $750,000 in grants to six projects that will be used to design a Hydrogen Roadmap. The roadmap is a joint initiative between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the New York Power Authority (NYPA).Albany, New York – July 14, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Each of the six projects is geared toward guiding hydrogen research and development efforts in New York, and allowing for public outreach and education about hydrogen-related energy. “This initiative is a critical step forward in charting a course toward a safe and efficient hydrogen future for New York,” Governor Pataki said. “Development of a comprehensive Hydrogen Roadmap will provide a strategic blueprint as we build on our efforts to lead the nation in research and development of renewable energy technologies.” Specific projects were solicited in three key areas: hydrogen education and outreach, hydrogen codes and standards review, and targeted research and development in the areas of production, storage, distribution and utilization. The University at Albany will team up with Energetics of Columbia, Maryland, and the National Hydrogen Association of Washington, D.C. to identify the steps for systematically putting a hydrogen infrastructure in place for the state. Pace Energy and Hydrogen Safety will review all existing New York State and New York City codes and standards in order to ascertain what changes are necessary to facilitate growth in key components of the hydrogen economy within the State. Educational training and curriculum to teach people about the technology and challenges of hydrogen energy will be handled in separate projects run by M.R.S Enterprises and Nation Energy Education Development (NEED). Technology projects went to Praxair, which will work to develop a hydrogen Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) system, and the Research Foundation of SUNY will design an all-optical hydrogen sensor for use as a safety and control technology in fuel cell technologies.