Biggert Fuels Hydrogen Research: Science and Technology Committee Approves Biggert amendment to energy storage R&D bill
Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today secured passage of a key amendment supporting research on hydrogen as a potential storage medium for energy. The amendment, which was authored jointly by Biggert and Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC-4), added hydrogen to a list of energy storage technologies that will be explored by the Department of Energy under H.R. 3776, the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Act of 2007. Both the amendment and the bill passed by voice vote during this morning's mark-up in the House Committee on Science and Technology.
"After talking to scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, it was clear that hydrogen could be an efficient energy storage medium, just like compressed air or flywheels," said Biggert, a senior member of the Science and Technology Committee. "Solar, wind, and renewables could be used to produce hydrogen through electrolysis - hydrogen that is later used by fuel cells to produce electricity."
Today's mark-up followed hearings by the Committee highlighting the need for improved energy storage systems for both stationary and vehicular applications. According to Biggert, these technologies would not only improve the efficiency and reliability of America's power plants, but they are a key component for increasing the viability of hybrid cars and trucks that consume less gasoline, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.
"Hydrogen has so much potential to not only transform how we produce and use energy, but also how we store energy. This amendment recognizes that potential, and makes an investment in the research and development needed to realize that potential," said Biggert. "If we can develop technologies to safely, efficiently, and economically store energy, so much of our future energy demand could be met without expanding energy supplies or investing in new energy infrastructure."