$2.3 M from the DOE Will Fund Hydrogen Research

Proton Energy Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., has been awarded a $2.3 million contract for a hydrogen technology research project by the University of Nevada Las Vegas Research Foundation (UNLVRF). The funds enable the company to continue to examine advanced proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology research.

The new research grant will allow Proton to focus on increased system and cell stack efficiency, reduced costs through scale-up and manufacturability assessments, and improving the technology to directly interface renewable electricity sources to the PEM electrolyzer. The funding comes from a grant to UNLVRF from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Center for Energy Research (CER) will also collaborate. “By improving efficiency and costs, hydrogen will become widely accepted and utilized,” said Bud Pittinger, UNLVRF’s executive director. “We are grateful for Senator Harry Reid’s support in furthering hydrogen research and development.” “UNLV is pleased to have such a prestigious hydrogen research and development firm as a partner on this project, ” added UNLV’s vice president for graduate studies and research, Dr. Mark Rudin. “Our researchers, faculty and students will have access to highly skilled experts in electrolyzer technology.”
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