EPA Awards Fuel Cell Grant to HARC

August 15, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,Washington, DC) awarded a $10,000 grant to promote the use of fuel cells that will help improve air quality in Houston. The grant recipient, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC, Houston, TX), is a nonprofit organization working with 10 universities and medical centers on fuel cell research and technology development.

HARC's goal is to develop a trading program for fuel cell emissions that will fit into a larger cap and trade program proposed by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to help address smog in the Houston-Galveston area. HARC is working to establish emission-reduction rates for fuel cells so that they can be included in this cap and trade program, possibly accelerating the overall use of fuel cells in the marketplace.