U.S. Department of Energy awards $6.2M for research for hydrogen gas turbines

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced eight university-led projects will receive nearly $6.2 million in federal funding for research and development projects aimed at advancing hydrogen—a clean burning fuel—as a high-performing, efficient gas for turbine-based electricity generation. Increasing the reliability, efficiency, and performance of hydrogen power will reduce carbon emissions and advance the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a 100% clean electricity by 2035.

“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.

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

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Each project is led by a faculty member or principal investigator with robust engagement from graduate students. The universities receiving awards include:

Georgia Tech (Award amount: $799,997):

The University of Central Florida (Award amount: $800,000)

San Diego State University (Award amount: $600,000)

Purdue University (Award amount: $800,000)

Purdue University (Award amount: $800,000)

Ohio State University (Award amount: $800,000)

The University of California, Irvine (Award amount: $800,000)

The University of Alabama (Award amount: $800,000)

Source: U.S. Department of Energy