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New $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.

hydrogen-diagramThe new consortium is led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and also includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Sandia National Laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Savannah River National Laboratory. The consortium’s newly launched website details capabilities being made available to companies, academia, and other labs, and also details mechanisms for engagement.

The effort at Berkeley Lab will be led by scientist Adam Weber, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program Manager.

HydroGEN is being launched as part of the Energy Materials Network (EMN) that began in February of this year, crafted to give American entrepreneurs and manufacturers a competitive edge in the global race for clean energy in support of the President’s Materials Genome Initiative and advanced manufacturing priorities.

Read the DOE news release here.