The Department of Energy has awarded Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. (Cambridge, MA) $17.0 million over the next three years in cost-shared programs to fund new research and development of advanced transportation-based fuel cell systems. Program partners include Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL) and De Nora (Italy), among others. The multiple awards will primarily focus on overcoming technical barriers to introducing fuel cells to the public, such as high component costs, size, weight, start-up time, power density and system efficiency.
"Enhancing energy efficiency is an important goal of the President's national energy policy," said US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. "Fuel cells, hydrogen technology and advanced combustion energy engines are among the most promising areas of the department's research and development work. By working together with partners from industry and the academic community, we can make the technological advances and scientific breakthroughs needed to fully realize the potential of these technologies."