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H2Gen Recognized for Developing Low-Cost Hydrogen Generator

The US Department of Energy presented H2Gen Innovations, Inc with a "DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award" at its annual Hydrogen Peer Review Meeting in Crystal City, Virginia, on May 16. This award, "In recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Technology Innovation," stems from H2Gen's development of hydrogen generation technology that is expected to meet the DOE hydrogen cost target of $2.50/gallon of gasoline on an energy equivalent basis by 2010.

Arlene Anderson, Technology Development Manager for DOE's Distributed Reforming Project and the H2Gen contract, in presenting this award, said, "We want to recognize H2Gen for the amazing progress they have made over the past year in developing the HGM-10,000 and for the degree to which they share information and open their facility providing outreach on hydrogen production technology."

H2Gen manufactures and sells hydrogen generators that convert natural gas to hydrogen at the point of use, eliminating the high cost of transporting hydrogen, and eliminating the need for installing a hydrogen pipeline system. DOE awarded a multi-year, cost-shared contract to H2Gen in 2005 to scale up their generator and also to reduce equipment costs so that hydrogen could be produced at a gas station, and, when utilized in a fuel cell vehicle, result in a cost per mile driven that would be no more than a conventional gasoline vehicle. The DOE contract also funds experimental work to produce hydrogen from ethanol, opening up the potential of low-cost renewable hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.

The DOE technology award was received on behalf of H2Gen at the annual DOE awards luncheon by Dr. C.E. (Sandy) Thomas, President, and Dr. Frank Lomax, Chief Technology Officer, Principal Investigator on the DOE contract, and primary inventor of the H2Gen reformer and gas cleanup systems.

"I am very proud of the entire H2Gen team," said Dr. Thomas. "We have demonstrated the efficacy of on-site hydrogen production for industrial purposes with our existing HGM-2000 product that is now in commercial use. We very much appreciate the assistance of the Department of Energy in developing the next generation of natural gas reformer that will further drive down the cost of hydrogen for vehicle fueling applications, and we are pleased to be the recipient of the 2007 DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award in the hydrogen production category."

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