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ULL receives $1 million grant for hydrogen technology research

LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) has received a $ 1 million grant to advance clean hydrogen technologies, according to a press release from Senator Bill Cassidy of the US Department of Energy.

With the grant, ULL will develop high performance metal assisted solid oxide electrolytic cells and innovative diagnostic methods to achieve net zero or negative emissions.

This is one of 31 projects using the country’s fossil fuel and electricity infrastructure for decarbonized energy and raw material production through the development of technologies for the production, transport, storage and use of fossil hydrogen.

The ULL team plans to manufacture metal-assisted solid oxide electrolytic cells (MS-SOECs) to improve electrolysis performance while maintaining mechanical strength for the stack assembly; Development of accelerated test protocols for SOECs and application of theoretical analyzes to improve their stability and to suppress the declamation of the oxygen electrode; and use machine learning to study the dependence of electrochemical performance on microstructural details of an electrode

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that – in conjunction with oxygen in a fuel cell – generates electricity with water and heat as by-products. Hydrogen can be produced from a wide variety of resources such as natural gas, nuclear power, biomass, and renewable energies such as sun and wind. These properties make it an attractive fuel option and as an input for transportation, power generation and industrial applications, e.g. B. in trucks, buildings and in manufacturing.