East Hartford, CT – August 14, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected 28 projects totaling $38 million to support early-stage research and development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including almost $12 million to eight companies and universities in the Northeast US. This work supports the DOE’s H2@Scale initiative, backed by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) to produce and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors.
The DOE is supporting focused investment on key early-stage technical challenges related to non-precious metal catalysts, fuel cell membranes, reversible fuel cells, and electrolyzers to produce hydrogen. The awards to companies and universities in the Northeast US focused on catalysts, fuel cell membranes, energy production and hydrogen fueling, electolyzer manufacturing, and reversible and liquid fuel cells. Companies and universities that were selected include:
- Northeastern University
- United Technologies Research Center
- Plug Power
- Skyre, Inc
- Giner ELX
- University of Connecticut
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Giner Inc.
“We congratulate all of the companies and universities and thank the US DOE for its efforts to support cutting edge R&D to make hydrogen and fuel cell technology more accessible in the marketplace,” said Joel Rinebold, CCAT director of the energy. “We are indeed fortunate to have these regional assets contributing to the advancement of the industry.”
The hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain, which includes manufacturers, suppliers, universities, service providers, etc., has had a significant bearing on the region’s economy, contributing over $1.4 billion in revenue and investment; more than 6,620 direct, indirect and induced jobs; and labor income of approximately $615 million.
Silvio Albino, Communications Director
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