US DoE provides USD 2m for cleaner hydrogen R&D

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March 16 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DoE) on Monday said it has awarded USD 2 million (EUR 1.68m) of funding for research and development (R&D) projects on technologies that aim to produce cleaner hydrogen.

The sum is split equally between four projects, of Auburn University, Electric Power Research Institute Inc, University of Kentucky Research Foundation and University of Utah.

The teams will look to advance the co-gasification process that mixes waste from biomass, plastic and coal feedstocks with oxygen and steam under high pressures and temperatures, the department explained. Together with carbon capture and storage, co-gasification could result in net-negative emissions, it added. At the moment, at industrial level in the US hydrogen is mainly produced from natural gas.

There will be an accent on sustainable feedstocks like forestry or agriculture waste.

The funds are provided through DoE's Office of Fossil Energy.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.840)

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