A competition for up to £7.2 million of funding for companies to develop Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology has recently opened.
The competition is being funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and forms part of new measures for stimulating low carbon technologies announced in this year’s budget.
Companies will be able to bid to the Technology Strategy Board, who will manage the programme, for a share of the cash to develop and test the technology.
The target markets that the programme aims to support are transport and stationary power generation. The programme could therefore support projects to:
- Facilitate the demonstration of a fleet of fuel cell and hydrogen vehicles.
- Facilitate the demonstration of residential micro CHP and distributed power generation products based on fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.
- Facilitate the demonstration of production of hydrogen from non-carbon sources and its use as an energy carrier.
- Facilitate the development of scalable processes and equipment for the mass manufacture and testing of fuel cells and fuel cells modules.
- Enable in line product testing and testing for performances and reliability under realistic operating conditions.
Hydrogen technologies and fuel cells have the potential to help drastically reduce carbon emissions because they only emit water and heat as by products. The energy conversion in fuel cells is more efficient than those of other technologies such as the internal combustion engine.
Energy and Climate Change Minister, David Kidney said:
“The UK has the right combination of expertise, ingenuity and determination to bring hydrogen and fuel cell technology to the global market. We’re providing real help now to help advance this technology in the UK, keeping us at the forefront of advanced green manufacturing.”
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Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy and Renewables and Environmental Technologies on 10 September 2009