The US Department of Energy (DOE) has up to $39m in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen (H2) and fuel cell technologies.

As one component of DOE’s portfolio, H2 and fuel cells can enable affordable and reliable energy that enhances economic growth and energy security. The work supported through this investment will address key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for H2 fuel production, delivery, and storage related to H2 infrastructure.

Anticipated R&D topics include:

Topic 1: ElectroCat

Platinum group metal-free oxygen reduction electrocatalyst and electrode R&D enabling cost competitive polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, as part of DOE’s Energy Materials Network.

Topic 2: H2@Scale

2a) Integrated energy production and H2 fuelling R&D – innovative component and integration R&D enabling cost competitive stations.

2b) Electrolyzer manufacturing R&D – R&D to enable manufacturing techniques to reduce electrolyzer capital costs. 2c) Breakthrough infrastructure R&D – materials and component R&D to reduce cost and station footprint.

2c) Breakthrough infrastructure R&D – materials and component R&D to reduce cost and station footprint.

Topic 3: Innovative Concepts

3a) Innovative fuel cell membrane R&D – non-polyfluorosulfonic acid and high temperature membrane types to address critical barriers and increase performance and durability while meeting cost targets.

3b) Innovative reversible and liquid fuel cell component R&D – innovative concepts for reversible fuel cells or direct liquid fuel cells.

Concept papers are due 7th May, 2018 and full applications will be due 12th June, 2018.

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