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Congratulations Nikola Motor Co.
August 16, 2019
Grant Management Associates wants to congratulate Nikola Motors on their $1.7M win from the DOE. The Department of Energy awarded electric truck developer Nikola Motor Co. a grant to pursue advanced fuel cell membrane-assembly technology. The Phoenix, Ariz.- area company is a major proponent of fuel-cell electric powertrains for heavy trucks. According to Nikola, they have advanced orders for more than 14,000 Class 8 Nikola trucks, most of them using fuel cell systems.
Nikola will use the federal grant to research development of a more efficient way of assembling fuel cell membrane electrodes to increase durability and improve power output.
Fuel cells generate electricity in a thermo-chemical process that passes compressed hydrogen gas and oxygen through catalyst-coated membranes. The process of combining the two generates electricity, and also produces water. The water is used to cool down the reaction and forms the system’s only emission – typically water vapor.
The grant will fund a project in which Nikola’s fuel cell researchers will team with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., Northwestern University in Chicago and Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology.