DOE Awards $5 M for PEM Fuel Cell Research

Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc. has been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell water management.

Water transport, which affects the performance and lifecycle costs in a PEM fuel cell, is a critical design characteristic. Nuvera’s unique metallic bipolar plate design and patented open flow field construction are key facets of water transportation within the fuel cell, offering an innovative alternative to the traditional design. The company received strong support for this proposal from members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation that represent the company and its employees. This four-year project will begin in DOE Fiscal Year 2007. In making the award, U.S. DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman said, “We expect hydrogen to play an integral role in our energy portfolio and we are eager to see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road in the near future.”

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