$150M for Hydrogen Vehicle, Infrastructure Project

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today the release of a $150 million solicitation for a project that will spur the development of both hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them. This solicitation represents a critical step in implementing President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and supports his FreedomCAR Initiative.
From U.S. Department of Energy:Secretary Abraham Announces $150 Million for Hydrogen Vehicle and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project

Supports President Bush’s Hydrogen Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC ? Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today the release of a $150 million solicitation for a project that will spur the development of both hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them. This solicitation represents a critical step in implementing President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and supports his FreedomCAR Initiative.

“In his State of the Union address, President Bush announced a groundbreaking plan to transform our nation’s energy future from one dependent on petroleum, to one that utilizes the most abundant element in the universe ? hydrogen,” Secretary Abraham said. “This solicitation is an important step toward fulfilling the President’s vision that the first car of a child born today will be powered by hydrogen.”

The Demonstration and Validation of Hydrogen Vehicles and Infrastructure solicitation seeks proposals for 50/50 cost shared cooperative agreements between industry and the Department of Energy (DOE) for the five-year project. Teams will consist of an automobile manufacturer and an energy company in combination with hydrogen fuel cell manufacturers, small businesses, universities and state/ local governments.

The project will be a learning demonstration that will help DOE focus its research and development efforts and provide insight into vehicle and infrastructure interface issues; codes, standards and safety issues. The highly visible project will increase public awareness of hydrogen powered vehicles. Also, the project will afford a better assessment of the current state of fuel cell technology.

The Hydrogen Vehicle and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation project is an important first step towards bringing energy companies and automakers together to solve all elements of infrastructure and vehicle development.

The winning projects could take several forms: from producing a fleet of hydrogen vehicles, building more fueling stations and testing fleets in a controlled environment such as on a military base.

Subject to appropriations, the DOE will allocate approximately $25 million in fiscal year 2004 for projects selected under this Hydrogen Vehicle and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation solicitation. Approximately 3-5 projects may be selected for cost-shared cooperative agreements. Total estimated federal funding for the solicitation is approximately $150 million for the period of performance.

President Bush reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring energy independence and an improved environment by proposing $1.2 billion in research funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies over the next five years. The President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative is designed to co-develop hydrogen infrastructure in parallel with hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles to allow a commercialization decision by 2015.

For more information visit our web site: http://www.eere.energy.gov/
hydrogenandfuelcells/financial.html#validation.

Media Contact: Tom Welch, 202/586-5806

Release No. PR-03-095

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