3M Gets $3 Million Investment To Make Efficient Fuel Cells For Cars

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Department of Energy announced Thursday it will make an investment of $3 million in Minnesota-based 3M Co., so as to help it develop cost-effective and efficient fuel cell systems.

The focus of the investment is to cut the cost and boost the performance of fuel cells in cars and stationary devices.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the investment supports President Barack Obama’s all-of-the-above approach energy strategy.

“This investment in Minnesota will help fuel technology breakthroughs, drive down costs, and bring innovative, job-creating clean energy technologies to market faster,” Chu said.

Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel — usually hydrogen or natural gas — to clean electricity, the department said.

The Energy Department has targets set for advanced car technologies. The investment in 3M supports an effort to reach 60 percent peak efficiency, $30 per kilowatt cost and 150,000 miles of driving worth of durability by 2017.

  • James

    Well and I think that makes plenty of sense. Where would a multi-billion dollar world-wide company like 3M find the funding for an R&D science project like this? Not that they should invest their own money into something that could possibly turn a profit in the future… noooo. I would expect that 3M will take their findings public at the end of their R&D science fair and will turn over any possible patent rights to the free-enterprise as a gesture of good faith. Am I correct in that assumption? The report here seemed to leave that out…?

    • John Frykman

      They should start calling electric cars what they really are: COAL powered vehicles. Burning coal to generate electricity produces far more CO2 than gasoline or diesel fuel do in powering a car. You create an attractive illusion that electric cars produce no pollution simply because they have no tail pipes. Their tailpipes are in fact the smoke stacks of coal fired generating plants.

  • joe from Mn

    Don’t you just love the way our goverment give our money away?

  • John Frykman

    Absolute colossal waste of taxpayer money by an out of control socialist regime who hasn’t heard about the free market yet. But 3M is no doubt laughing their way to the bank. My God! That could have paid for a day or two of Michelles next vacation!

  • We be dewercs

    So we gave 3M money we borrowed from China to come up with another product that will be made in China. The problem is it will still use a natural resource the does not have an endless supply. At the present time 95 percent of America’s hydrogen is produced from natural gas. It would make more sense to create a better way to produce hydrogen from water. Is everyone in our government brain dead?

    • John Frykman

      Hydrogen is a pipe dream to power cars, even if it were free (which it never will be). Hydrogen is DANGEROUS. It is volatile and explosive. What do you think might happen, at least some of the time, in a violent collision between two hydrogen powered vehicles? What about the danger in transporting it…it cannot be safely transported–PERIOD. Cars that have hydrogen fuel tanks will leak hydrogen gas as nothing will completely contain it. It migrates through sheet metal, glass, plastic, rubber, neoprene, ANYTHING. If you store hydrogen in your garage, the air will very soon contain hydrogen and oxygen, which takes nearly nothing to ignite causing a highly destructive explosion.

      No one but a fool would EVER drive a hydrogen powered vehicle, even if it were free. You will never have safe hydrogen fueling stations.

      Here is the biggest argument against hydrogen powered vehicles: We have more oil and natural gas in this country than we could possibly use in several hundred years, all of it available at economic prices far below what we now pay at the pump. Forget the nonsense that anthropogenic CO2 has anything whatsoever to do with climate change. The mean temperature of the plant has been decreasing since 1998, and true (non government paid) climatologists believe we are at the beginning of a new ice age. Now THAT is a frightening thing. But there is not a damned thing we can do about it, except to make sure we have plenty of heating fuel available.

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    America is $15 trillion in debt. Printing money will have what impact on our children’s lives.

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    Why are you posting BS here?

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