FY 2006 Financial Awards

In 2006, DOE awarded funding to a number of science and research projects to support research, development, and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Codes & Standards for the Hydrogen Economy

In 2006, the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office released a solicitation for codes and standards for the hydrogen economy and awarded Regulatory Logic, LLC.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to allow the nation to aggressively achieve its vision of a diverse, secure, and emissions-free energy future. Through widespread commercialization of hydrogen-powered vehicles, national security interests will be supported by reducing and ultimately eliminating our reliance on foreign oil. To support a 2015 industry commercialization decision on hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, DOE's Golden Field Office invited applicants to partner with DOE in facilitating the development of codes and standards for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and infrastructure.

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Effects of a Transition to a Hydrogen Economy on Employment in the United States

In 2006, the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office released a solicitation for the effects of a transition to a hydrogen economy on employment in the United States. The program awarded RCF Economic & Financial Consulting, Inc.

To fully understand the effects a transition to the hydrogen economy will have on industry and employment in the Unites States, the Department of Energy (DOE) sought proposals to conduct a careful analysis of both emerging hydrogen technologies and the legacy technologies that will be displaced. Consideration must be given to the full energy cycle, including the harvesting of feedstocks, the conversion of feedstocks to usable fuel, the delivery of fuel to the consumer, and the consumption of fuel by the consumer. Each step of this cycle has requirements for goods and services that dictate the nature and number of jobs that are needed. The workforce that fills these requirements must have the appropriate skills and training to ensure products are competitive in national and international markets.

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High Temperature, Low Relative Humidity Polymer-Type Membranes

In January 2006, DOE announced its selection of 12 competitively awarded, cost-shared projects for polymer membrane research. Collectively, these projects will receive up to $19 million in federal funding over five years. The goal of this research is to increase the durability and shelf life of polymer membranes, while simultaneously bringing down the cost. Polymer electrolyte membranes are an integral part of hydrogen fuel cells.

Selected organizations include the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; Giner Electrochemical Systems, Newton, MA; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; FuelCell Energy, Danbury, CT; Clemson University, Clemson, SC; GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

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Laboratory Call for Research & Development for On-Board Vehicular Hydrogen Storage

In 2006, the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office released a solicitation for a laboratory call for research and development for on-board vehicle hydrogen storage. The program awarded Argonne National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) solicited applications to develop a pathway to a hydrogen economy. This funding opportunity announcement sought to fund the research and development of viable hydrogen storage technologies for on-board vehicular applications.

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Research and Development for On-board Vehicular Hydrogen Storage

In 2006, the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office released a solicitation for research and development for on-board vehicle hydrogen storage. The program awarded the following:

  • United Technologies Research Center
  • University of Hawaii
  • United Technologies Research Center
  • Miami University

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a solicitation for applied research and development projects addressing viable hydrogen storage technologies for on-board vehicular applications. Projects support existing DOE Hydrogen Storage Centers of Excellence or independent R&D projects in specific technical topic areas such as materials discovery; engineering science; new synthesis, characterization, and testing techniques; and analysis.

More information for industry, academia and other interested parties is offered via funding opportunity number DE-PS36-06GO96003P. Information for national laboratories is offered via funding opportunity number DE-PS36-06GO96012P.

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