10 May 2007 23:47 [Source: ICIS news]
A subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology approved bill S-632 to establish the “H-Prize” at the US Department of Energy to award cash payments every other year to researchers who advance commercial use of hydrogen energy technologies.
The prize would give recognition and a minimum of $1m (€740,000) to winners in each of three categories: advancing technology for hydrogen production and storage; developing ground-breaking hydrogen-powered vehicles; or making breakthroughs in environmentally friendly hydrogen distribution.
The second bill, S-364, would establish a new office in the Department of Energy called the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) that would award federal grants or contracts to universities, corporations or groups of companies that achieve goals set by the department for advancing energy development.
ARPA-E is patterned on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) established by the US Defense Department in 1958 to stimulate and co-ordinate academic, commercial and military research and development (R&D) in national security and space exploration, in addition to many other issues.
Among results of that 1960s-era effort was the US space programme and development of DARPA-net, a multi-institutional and country-wide data and information sharing network, which was the precursor of the Internet.
The bill’s backers hope that ARPA-E will bring to the
Both measures are expected to pass the full Science and Technology Committee and the full House with broad bipartisan support.
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