Good News for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Bad for SOFC Cars

By Zachary Alexander on

The Senate has recently released its plans for 2012 hydrogen convergence funding. According to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), the Senate is proposing essentially meeting the funding levels requested by the Obama Administration. It also recommends that more money be directed at hydrogen convergence efforts like hydrogen infrastructure development.

This report by the Senate Committee differs from the one produced by the House Appropriation Committee in its treatment of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cars. The House had proposed increasing funding for SOFC cars via the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). Unfortunately for the confounders at the DOE, there is no industry support for SOFC cars.

The process now moves to the reconciliation stage. Given the political climate in Congress, there is little chance that there will be a rapid budget resolution. In fact, there is greater chance that there will be a government shutdown over the demand by House Republicans to pay for disaster relief with funds from renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy. Such is the campaign.

Zachary Alexander