Los Alamos Creates Fuel Cell Research Institute

May 23, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) has created an institute aimed at addressing technical issues better and broadening the use of hydrogen and fuel cells. The Institute for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research is a partnership between the lab's divisions of chemistry and materials science and technology. Research will be done in existing facilities.

The new Los Alamos institute provides a way to bring together scientists and engineers from across the lab on specific projects. It also will promote partnerships with other federal labs, universities and industry and will coordinate activities in related areas. The lab has done research in such areas as hydrogen production, purification and storage; catalysts; and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells suitable for portable and stationary power applications and transportation.