Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $11.2 million in awards for research aimed at overcoming the scientific challenges associated with the production, storage and use of hydrogen.“This funding will support transformational scientific research addressing major issues underpinning the hydrogen economy: hydrogen storage, essential for transportation; and catalysts for hydrogen production, storage and use,” said Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach. DOE’s Office of Science selected 13 projects that will focus on fundamental science in support of hydrogen technologies. Universities and national laboratories in 10 states and Washington, DC, will conduct the research. The projects are part of a department-wide, comprehensive, balanced portfolio of basic and applied research, technology development and demonstration projects aimed at significantly advancing President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. DOE selected the new projects through a merit-review, competitive solicitation process and plans to fund additional projects in fiscal year 2008. The projects will address two priority technical areas: Novel Materials for Hydrogen Storage (7 projects, $5.6 million over three years) and Nanoscale Catalysts (6 projects, $5.6 million over three years). For the list of new projects, use the DOE link below.