Funds to be Granted for Fuel Cell Applications

The Department of Energy (DOE) has begun a solicitation for the research and development of stationary and automotive fuel cell technology.

Washington, D.C. – September 23, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] David Garman, the department’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, announced the solicitation while addressing the “Energizing America’s Cities” conference in Chicago recently. The research will be key to the development of FreedomCAR technology. The department’s FreedomCAR program focuses on the high-risk research needed to provide a full range of affordable cars and light trucks that are free of foreign oil and harmful emissions, without sacrificing freedom of mobility and freedom of vehicle choice. The solicitation will be the largest Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell solicitation to focus on stationary applications, conveying the department’s commitment to this important technology area. It also represents a first step in implementing an integrated procurement strategy in the newly formed Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Infrastructure Technologies Program by taking advantage of synergies between stationary and automotive applications. “A successful stationary fuel cell program will save energy and improve our nation’s energy security through energy diversity,” said Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. “By taking advantage of synergies between stationary and automotive applications, this solicitation represents a first step in implementing an integrated procurement strategy in the newly formed Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Infrastructure Technologies Program.”

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