The University of Hawaii has received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help fund its ongoing research on the use of hydrogen energy.
The grant is part of a nationwide initiative to advance hydrogen technologies so that the energy can be produced, delivered and dispensed for less than $4 per gallon.
Expanding its use, according to a press release, can help reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, save people money over the long run and lessen carbon emissions.
The grant is funding ongoing research at UH that is looking at the use of specialized cells known as photoelectrodes to harness solar radiation. The research is exploring how these cells can split water molecules down into separate hydrogen and oxygen parts so that the hydrogen can be used as fuel.