US/UK programme to encourage hydrogen research announced

Sun 10 October 2004 View all news

An innovative research and development programme to enhance knowledge of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies has resulted from the US/UK Energy Dialogue which began in 2002.

Under the programme, five researchers from the UK will be given the chance to study hydrogen technologies with experts in the US. The Energy Dialogue aims to combine the two nations' progress in this emergent technology.

The UK-based scholars will travel to the world-leading Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico, where they will work with specialists on research projects.

Welcoming the development, Energy Minister Mike O'Brien said: "Ensuring the security of our energy supply and the safety of our environment are two of the most important challenges we face today and will continue to face in the coming years. Hydrogen technologies not only offer very real reductions of CO2 emissions but also offer an important alternative source of fuel and energy. Therefore it is vital that we fully investigate their potential.”

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