Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering new funding opportunities for fuel cell and hydrogen power research and development projects as part of its Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program.The DOE is seeking to fund three research projects that will assess the benefits and drawbacks of hydrogen and fuel cell-based energy systems, and help develop new hydrogen delivery strategies. The first project will involve the study of stationary power generation, the challenges faced by previous hydrogen-based installations and the future role of hydrogen fuel cells in this market. The estimated funding available is $500,000. A second project aims to look at the potential environmental impact of hydrogen-based power systems, assessing the effects of hydrogen emissions and the benefits gained from replacing fossil fuels in the transport and stationary power markets. The possible long-term effects of producing hydrogen from various sources will also be studied, with funding of $600,000 available. The final project involves research and development into hydrogen production and delivery, with particular emphasis on hydrogen storage techniques including compression and off-board bulk storage. The DOE said that $19.3 million was likely to be available to fund this research, although the money would be split between 11 separate projects.