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October 25, 2007
Hydrogen energy research at Penn State will see even more expansion as the University begins leadership over a newly established U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) consortium this month.
Under a $2.4 million research grant designated from DOE’s Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI), Penn State will lead a consortium over a three-year period that will investigate thermochemical hydrogen production. Other members of the consortium include Argonne National Laboratory, University of South Carolina and Tulane University.
One of the scopes of NERI is to develop a number of thermochemical cycles for producing hydrogen on a commercial scale through advanced nuclear energy systems. In a thermochemical cycle water and heat are the input, hydrogen and oxygen are the only products, and all other chemicals are recycled.