McPhy Energy and its US partners have been selected as the only finalists for the $1m H2 Refuel H-Prize competition launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

After reviewing six submissions, the SimpleFuelTM consortium, which includes McPhy and its US partners, was deemed to be the only suitable applicant for the final of the competition.

The H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, launched in October 2014, asked participants to develop affordable, small-scale hydrogen (H2) refuelling systems which can be used in homes, community centres, retail sites and other similar locations.

So far, SimpleFuel have developed the Home Vehicle Refuelling Appliance – a fully integrated H2 generation, compression, storage and dispensing system, which can deliver 5kg of H2 per day at pressures of up to 700 bar using electrolysis.

Prabhu K. Rao, CEO of McPhy Energy North America, stated, “We are very proud to be part of the SimpleFuel consortium awarded as the only finalist for this competition. This recognition by the industry experts and the US Department of Energy of our alliance and the McPhy Energy products validates our efforts in providing cost effective distributed on-site hydrogen generation solutions.”

McPhy and its partners, IVYS Energy Solutions and PDC Machines, have until July to deploy its system and prepare it for testing. They will find out if they qualify for the $1m prize when results of the competition, based on technical and cost criteria, are announced this October.

The aim of the contest is to develop the H2 infrastructure in the US, therefore encouraging public adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).