Senators call for more hydrogen fuel cell study

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Senators call for more hydrogen fuel cell study

Detroit News -A bipartisan group of 14 U.S. senators wants the Energy Department to continue research efforts to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other uses of hydrogen a reality.

The senators — including Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Max Baucus, D-Mont. — urged the Energy Department to continue funding hydrogen fuel cell research.

“We urge you to resist repurposing or cutting (fuel cell) programs that support true energy diversification,” the senators wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu that was made public Wednesday.

The senators noted that “several auto manufacturers are planning for commercial fuel cell electric vehicle launches beginning in 2014-15.

“This program is helping drive down the cost of fuel cell systems and hydrogen infrastructure, while familiarizing Americans with these new clean energy technologies.”

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