The US Department of Energy (DOE) reported today that eight university-led research and development projects will receive approximately $6.2 million in federal funding to advance hydrogen—a clean burning fuel—as a high-performing, reliable gas for turbine-based electricity generation.
Increasing hydrogen power’s reliability, effectiveness, and output would reduce carbon emissions and help the Biden-Harris administration achieve its target of 100% renewable electricity by 2035.
The DOE Office of Fossil Energy’s “University Turbines Systems Research (USTR)” program will finance eight projects to investigate fundamental science challenges and advanced engineering concerns related to improving the performance and efficiency of combustion turbines powered by pure hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures, and other carbon-free hydrogen-containing fuels.
“Our economic competitors are getting serious about harnessing carbon emissions free power from hydrogen, and so the U.S. must as well,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Congress has entrusted DOE as the nation’s leading funder of the physical sciences, and we’re proud to invest in the brilliant scientific minds in our nation’s university system that are helping us ensure every American can access reliable, zero-carbon power.”