WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 - The Energy Department will fund 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. The $15.8 million in funding was awarded to advance goals of enabling economic and efficient transportation via fuel cell electric vehicles that use hydrogen fuel produced from diverse domestic resources. More than 2,000 fuel cell vehicles have been sold or leased in the U.S. since 2015. These consume 95 percent less petroleum per mile than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, have no tailpipe emissions, and offer quiet operation.