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Fuel Cells/Funding
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Microsoft Excel Chart The costs for the infrastructure must be borne by  governments as well as private industry.

This monetary input  is  needed to support the total vehicle fuel cell markets for autos which are projected to be $727.7 million in 2007 but will grow to $80 billion in 2013.

Hybrid and personal power represent the most likely avenue for fuel cell vehicular development.  The analysts at Research and Markets see the  personal vehicle as a transportation entity  for moving around a local region, back and forth to work and around town to activities and stores.   These personal vehicles will be good for fuel cells because they will be small and suitable for one or two people at the most.  Not much power is needed as the speeds are slow and the pickup not demanding.  

(Information is from “Fuel Cell Transportation Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts” by  Research and Markets of Dublin, Ireland, For more information visit: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c2133) +  
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(October, 2003) Fuel Cell Locomotive for MIlitary and Commercial Railways

In a program, funded by the Department of Defense, a 109 metric ton railway locomotive will be converted to obtain motive electricity from a fuel cell. (Although touted as a 'zero emission' engine, the first phase will identify the best fuel to use, which if other than pure hydrogen will make it far less than a zero emission vehicle.)  The four phases are expected to cost $12 million over five years.
Fuel Cell Magazine, Oct/Nov. 2003, p.44
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DOE Awards Aimed At Cheaper Solar Electricity
Thin film photovoltaic research will get $40 million in funding from the DOE with cost sharing of $13 million. Nineteen universities and 14 companies will share in the grants. The goal is to reduce costs and increase efficiency of thin film PV.(02-02 BD71-14)
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Japan tops Afganistan aid pledges
Japan will provide up to $500 million in aid over the next two years. Germany will provide $362 million over the next four years, and the U.S. will provide $290 over an unspecified period. Less than three percent of the population has access to electricity. (02-02 BD71-14)

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