U.S. Department of Energy

    DOE Announces Four Hydrogen Demonstration Partnerships

    April 6, 2005

    Photo of a hydrogen fueling station adjacent to a gas pump at a Shell filling station.

    In November, this Shell hydrogen fueling station opened at an existing filling station in Washington, D.C., as part of the DOE partnership.
    Credit: Shell

    Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced the details of four "Hydrogen Learning Demonstration" partnerships on March 30th at the annual conference of the National Hydrogen Association. According to Secretary Bodman, companies are working in four teams on the five-year, $380-million project, for which DOE is providing roughly half the funds. In northern and southern California, ChevronTexaco and Hyundai Motor Company will test fuel cells manufactured by United Technologies Corporation. DaimlerChrysler and BP will be testing Ballard Power System's fuel cells in hot arid climates like Sacramento, California, and cold climates like Detroit, Michigan. Ford Motor Company is also working with BP and Ballard in Detroit, but also in hot, humid climates like Orlando, Florida. And General Motors Corporation (GM) is trying out its own fuel cell stack in tests with Shell Hydrogen, LLC in several locations: New York, Detroit, California, and Washington, D.C. The four teams will collect data both on the open road and in controlled test conditions.

    The companies are investigating a myriad of hydrogen production options, including hydrogen produced directly from sources such as natural gas and ethanol, as well as hydrogen generated by electrolyzing water with electricity from sources such as solar and biomass power. Through the course of their research, the four teams will employ 134 fuel cell vehicles and up to 28 hydrogen fueling stations. See Secretary Bodman's speech and the related GM press release.

    As noted by Secretary Bodman in his speech, DOE originally announced the funding for the Hydrogen Learning Demonstrations a year ago, although few details were announced at that time. See the DOE press release from April 27th, 2004.