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UVM receives $700,000 grant for hydrogen and biofuels

Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the grant was secured for UVM by retired U.S. Senator James M. Jeffords and supports CEMS complex systems studies promoting environmentally-sustainable engineering solutions for Vermont and the nation. The College received this grant in the summer of 2006 and, after a competitive process, has designated the projects it will support this month. CEMS faculty will study a range of issues, including optimizing safety and operations of future hydrogen fuel networks in cold climates, creating electric power for hybrid vehicles with farm biowaste, developing nanostructured materials for hydrogen fuel cells. Each research project showcases the emerging complex systems expertise throughout CEMS and also develops key ideas and technologies to advance local, regional, and national priorities in energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic development. Research projects in CEMS will also complement developing transportation research at the USDOT-funded UVM Transportation Center. I am so pleased to see UVM pursuing timely, cutting-edge research into the complex, pressing energy, and environmental issues so directly affecting Vermonters, said Senator Jeffords, I will add that I am even more pleased to now see such good work from a wonderful vantage point back home in Vermont, rather than from Washington, D.C. Senator Jeffords, now a distinguished James Marsh Professor-at-Large at UVM with an office on campus, spent over 32 years in the U.S. Congress where he held key leadership positions overseeing national environmental and energy policies as well as U.S. priorities in education and health care. This grant comes at an opportune time for the College and the University, said Domenico Grasso, overseer of the grant and Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. We thank Senator Jeffords and look forward to playing a very active role in solving environmental challenges throughout the state, as well as supporting Vermonts economic development opportunities. This grant allows us to do both.

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