The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a potential funding solicitation to accelerate research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of affordable clean hydrogen technologies.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
This funding will aim to reduce the cost and improve the performance of hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure technologies. At the same time, it will advance the Hydrogen Shot goal to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram in 1 decade.
It will also seek to support the Biden Administration’s broader climate goals of achieving carbon-free electricity by 2035 and net zero carbon emissions across the economy by 2050.
It will be administered by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO). Funding will focus on RD&D of essential hydrogen supply and storage technologies and affordable and durable fuel cell technologies.
In addition, fuel cell R&D activities will focus mainly on heavy-duty truck applications. This aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and eliminate tailpipe emissions that are detrimental to local air quality.
Possible topic areas will be:
- Hydrogen Carrier Development:
Will develop new hydrogen carriers and catalysts to offer cost and performance advantages over conventional compressed gas or liquid hydrogen systems.
- On-board storage systems for liquid hydrogen: Encourage the development of liquid hydrogen storage vessels and balance-of-plant hardware. Such systems will enable low-cost, energy-dense LH2 storage in medium and heavy-duty on-road vehicles.
- Liquid hydrogen transfer/refueling components and systems:
Will form liquid hydrogen transfer and vehicle refueling technologies and processes that will enable high-flow liquid hydrogen transfers and liquid hydrogen refueling of vehicles.
- M2FCT: High Performing, Durable MEAs with Innovative Low-Platinum Group Metal (PGM) Catalysts for MD/HD Applications:
Will focus on membrane electrode assemblies that will reduce the cost and improve the durability and performance of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells for MD/HD applications.
HFTO plans to award financial support through cooperation agreements for all these areas. The estimated performance period for each award will be approximately two to four years. DOE encourages applicant teams to include stakeholders from academia, industry, and national laboratories across multiple technical disciplines. Teams are also encouraged to have representation from diverse entities, such as minority-serving institutions, or through linkages with Opportunity Zones.
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