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3M receives $3 million grant to develop cheaper hydrogen fuel cells

MPR reports the company's St. Paul-based researchers will work on ways to make the environmentally-friendly alternative more efficient and cost effective. 3M will also partner with General Motors to help introduce hydrogen-fuel vehicles commercially in three years.
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MPR reports the company's St. Paul-based researchers will work on ways to make the environmentally-friendly alternative more efficient and cost effective. 3M will also partner with General Motors to help introduce hydrogen-fuel vehicles commercially in three years.

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