US DOE Releases Plan for Hydrogen to Replace Petrol

Plan identifies milestones for technology development over the next decade, leading up to a commercialization decision by industry in 201

Published: 16-Mar-2004

Washington:The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released its 'Hydrogen Posture Plan,' a document which outlines the activities, milestones and deliverables that DOE plans to pursue to support America's shift to a hydrogen-based transportation energy system.

This plan identifies milestones for technology development over the next decade, leading up to a commercialization decision by industry in 2015.

'This plan supports President Bush's vision of a hydrogen economy and includes timelines that provide clear and scientific measures to track and demonstrate progress,' Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said.

'If we achieve our technical objectives, the automotive and energy industries will be in a position to begin to mass market availability of both vehicles and refueling infrastructure by 2020,' he said. The Bush Administration's fiscal year 2005 budget request includes 227 million dollars for research to support the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative.

The federal government will play a key role in accelerating the transition towards the hydrogen economy by pursuing research to overcome technical challenges.

The Posture Plan integrates R & D and demonstration activities from the DOE renewable, nuclear, fossil and science offices. An integrated hydrogen programme will improve the effectiveness of DOE's research activities and increase the probability of success in achieving technical milestones on the road to a hydrogen economy.

The plan also points out that the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier can enhance energy security while reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.  

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