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US DOE awards $6.2 million for research into efficient hydrogen gas turbines

  • 8 months ago (2021-05-13)
  • David Flin
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced eight university-led projects will receive nearly $6.2 million in Federal funding for research and development projects aimed at advancing hydrogen as a high-performing, efficient gas for turbine-based electricity generation. Increasing the reliability, efficiency, and performance of hydrogen will reduce carbon emissions and advance the Administration’s goal of 100 per cent clean energy by 2035.

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Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy, said: “Our economic competitors are getting serious about harnessing emissions free power from hydrogen, and so the US must as well. 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.”

The eight projects supported by the DOE Office of Fossil Energy’s University Turbines Systems Research (UTSR) programme will study fundamental scientific challenges and applied engineering issues associated with advancing the performance and efficiency of gas turbines fuelled with pure hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures, and other carbon-free hydrogen containing fuels.

The universities receiving awards include: Georgia Tech; University of Central Florida; San Diego State University; Purdue University; Ohio State University; the University of California, Irvine; and the University of Alabama.