Project Led by Prof. SHAO Minhua Received the Largest Grant in Green Tech Fund
A project led by HKUST Energy Institute Director Prof. SHAO Minhua, Chemical and Biological Engineering, was among the latest batch of six projects that have been approved in the first round of applications in the Green Tech Fund. Together with the two projects of Prof. CHEN Guanghao and Prof. Francesco CIUCCI approved earlier in the first batch, three projects led by School of Engineering faculty members have been awarded funding in the first round of the Green Tech Fund applications.
Titled “Development of High Performance and Long Life Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stacks”, Prof. Shao’s project received close to HK$9 million for a period of three years. This is the largest amount in the 14 projects in total – from four local universities and three private enterprises – that have been approved in the first around of applications.
In this project, Prof. Shao’s team aims to develop and commercialize the key materials and components of fuel cells, which are low platinum catalysts and membrane electrode assemblies, that will then be integrated into high performance fuel cell stacks. By collaborating with Towngas and other leading industry partners in Hong Kong and Mainland China, this project is expected to accelerate the implementation of clean hydrogen technologies in Hong Kong.
The HK$200 million Green Tech Fund was set up by the Hong Kong government in 2020 to provide better and more focused funding support for research and development projects which can help Hong Kong decarbonize and enhance environmental protection as Hong Kong strives towards its goal of carbon neutrality before 2050. The fund received an overwhelming response of over 190 applications in the first round of applications.
- HK government press release (Dec 17, 2021): Green Tech Fund approves another six projects
- SENG news (Oct 13, 2021): Prof. CHEN Guanghao & Prof. Francesco CIUCCI Received the First Green Tech Fund