FY 2009 Financial Awards

In 2009, DOE awarded funding to a number of science and research projects to support research, development, and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

DOE Awards $113 Million for Fuel Cell R&D

DOE is awarding $113 million to fund 28 projects to advance the development of fuel cell technology. Details on the individual projects awarded are provided below.

Selected Organization Location Funding*
Topic Area 1: Catalysts
3M Company St. Paul, MN $4.6M
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
   Sub: Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Golden, CO
Los Alamos, NM
Oak Ridge, TN
$7.7M
$0.3M
$0.4M
Argonne National Laboratory
   Sub: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
   Sub: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Argonne, IL
Pasadena, CA
Oak Ridge, TN
$4.7M
$1M
$0.6M
Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Oak Ridge, TN
$5.6M
$0.4M
Brookhaven National Laboratory Brookhaven, NY $3.5M
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
   Sub: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA
Los Alamos, NM
$5.6M
$4M
Topic Area 2: Innovative Concepts
TreadStone Technologies, Inc. Princeton, NJ $2.1M
Versa Power Systems, Inc. Littleton, CO $1.6M
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Elkton, MD $1.6M
Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Oak Ridge, TN
$2M
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Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, IL $1.7M
Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
   Sub: Sandia National Laboratories
Los Alamos, NM
Pasadena, CA
Livermore, CA
$0.6M
$0.4M
$0.4M
Topic Area 3: Durability
Ballard Material Products Inc. Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada - Lowell, MA $4.7M
Nuvera Fuel Cells Billerica, MA $3.9M
Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, IL $3.8M
Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Argonne National Laboratory
   Sub: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
   Sub: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Argonne, IL
Berkeley, CA
Oak Ridge, TN
$3.5M
$1.4M
$2.6M
$1M
Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
   Sub: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Berkeley, CA
Oak Ridge, TN
$2.6M
$1.3M
$0.2M
UTC Power Corporation South Windsor, CT $3.1M
University of Hawaii Honolulu, HI $3.6M
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
   Sub: Las Alamos National Laboratory
Golden, CO
Los Alamos, NM
$5.6M
$0.4M
Topic Area 4: Transport
GINER Electrochemical Systems, Inc. Newton, MA $2.7M
Nuvera Fuel Cells Billerica, MA $4.5M
Sandia National Laboratories
   Sub: Los Alamos National Laboratory
   Sub: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
Los Alamos, NM
Berkeley, CA
$3.9M
$0.6M
$0.6M
Plug Power Inc Latham, NY $2.3M
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
   Sub: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA
Los Alamos, NM
$3.8M
$0.9M
Topic 5: Portable Power
Arkema Inc. Philadelphia, PA $2.5M
PolyFuel Inc Mountain View, CA $2.5M
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
   Sub: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Golden, CO
Pasadena, CA
$1.8M
$0.6M

*All award amounts are subject to Congressional appropriations and negotiation.
Pending Award

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Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence

In 2008, the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office released a solicitation for a hydrogen storage engineering Center of Excellence (CoE) and in 2009 awarded the following:

  • Savannah River National Laboratories (Lead)
  • United Technologies Research Center
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Oregon State University
  • Lincoln Composites.

This CoE complements the work of existing independent projects and the three materials-based hydrogen storage CoEs (adsorbents, metal hydrides, and chemical hydrogen storage materials) by researching and developing onboard vehicular hydrogen storage systems and components that allow for a driving range of greater than 300 miles while meeting vehicular packaging, safety, cost, and performance requirements.

The specific objectives of the CoE are to develop and test innovative concepts, components, and systems to meet DOE hydrogen storage system performance and cost targets. The CoE will develop engineering, design, and system models that address on-board subsystems, including refueling, thermal management, hydrogen discharge, and the storage-delivery interface. The CoE will also design, construct, test, evaluate, and decommission subscale prototypes based upon adsorbents, metal hydrides, and chemical hydrogen storage materials.

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Recovery Act: Fuel Cell Market Transformation Projects

To expand the use of clean and renewable energy sources and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $41.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for fuel cell technology.

This funding will support immediate deployment of nearly 1,000 fuel cell systems for emergency backup power and material handling applications (e.g., forklifts) that have emerged as key early markets in which fuel cells can compete with conventional power technologies. Additional systems will be used to accelerate the demonstration of stationary fuel cells for combined heat and power in the larger residential and commercial markets.

The $41.9 million from President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will fund 13 projects to deploy fuel cells—helping to build a consumer base for U.S. fuel cell manufacturers.

Arkansas

FedEx Freight East (Harrison, AR)

This project will deploy 35 fuel cell systems as battery replacements for a complete fleet of electric lift trucks at FedEx's existing service center in Springfield, Missouri. Success at this service center will lead to further fleet conversions at some or all of FedEx's other 470 service centers. $1.3 million

California

Jadoo Power (Folsom, CA)

Jadoo, together with Acumentrics Corporation, NASCAR Media Group, Lynch Diversified Vehicles, California's Police and Fire Departments of the City of Folsom, and Airgas, Inc., will establish the environmental and cost benefits of using a 1-kW fuel cell power system to generate electricity, as opposed to traditional gas/diesel generators and lead acid battery power sources. This demonstration will provide operating data from each field unit at customer sites, as well as degradation analysis and projected system lifetime. $1.8 million

PolyFuel, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)

The objective of this project is to further integrate and miniaturize the components of PolyFuel's portable power system for use in mobile computing, and analyze failure modes to increase durability. Polyfuel will also conduct a design for manufacturability and assembly review to ensure that the systems meet the cost targets for commercialization. $2.5 million

Colorado

Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, MO)

Anheuser-Busch will deploy 23 fuel cell systems as battery replacements for a complete fleet of electric lift trucks at their facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, demonstrating the economic benefits of large fleet conversions of forklifts from lead-acid batteries to fuel cell power units. Success in this project will lead to further fleet conversions at some or all of Anheuser-Busch's other 11 U.S. facilities. $1.1 million

Massachusetts

Delphi Automotive (Troy, MI)

Delphi will develop, test and demonstrate a 3- to 5-kW solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) auxiliary power unit (APU) for heavy duty commercial class 8 trucks. The demonstration will improve upon Delphi's current generation SOFC technology by increasing net output power and fuel processing efficiency, decreasing heat loss and parasitic power loss, and establishing diesel fuel compatibility. $2.4 million

New York

MTI MicroFuel Cells (Albany, NY)

To accelerate fuel cell use in consumer markets, MTI will demonstrate a one-watt consumer electronics power pack. The project will focus on improving reliability to meet the standards required by the electronics market and will include testing of individual components, subsystems and complete direct methanol fuel cell systems. MTI will also develop manufacturing processes to improve product yields and reduce overall costs. $2.4 million

Plug Power, Inc. (Latham, NY)

This demonstration project will validate the durability of Plug Power's 5-kW stationary combined heat and power fuel cell system and verify its commercial readiness. Plug Power will carry out a three-year project to test its units in residential and light commercial applications in California. $3.4 million

Plug Power Inc. (Latham, NY)

This project will demonstrate the market viability of the GenCore® rack-mounted fuel cell product that provides clean and highly reliable emergency backup power. Plug Power will install and operate new systems in real-world applications at geographically-diverse sites, providing for as much as 275 kW of backup power. $2.7 million

Pennsylvania

GENCO (Pittsburgh, PA)

This project will deploy 156 fuel cell systems as battery replacements for fleets of electric lift trucks at six of GENCO's existing distribution centers (South Carolina, Pennsylvania - 3 locations, and Ohio - 2 locations). Success at these distribution centers will lead to further fleet conversions at some or all of GENCO's other 109 distribution centers. $6.1 million (six awards)

Texas

Sysco of Houston (West Houston, TX)

Sysco will deploy 90 fuel cell systems as battery replacements for a fleet of pallet trucks at Sysco's new distribution center in Houston, Texas, due to open in August 2009. This installation will be the first ever green field installation in the world without battery infrastructure for a pallet truck fleet. Success at this distribution center will lead to further fleet conversions at some or all of Sysco's other 169 distribution centers. $1.2 million

Virginia

Sprint Communications (Reston, VA)

Sprint Nextel will demonstrate the viability of packaged 1-kW to 10-kW fuel cell systems with 72 hours of on-site fuel storage for backup power to communication infrastructure used by state and local first responders and by public safety answering points (911 centers). Sprint will address siting and permitting issues, and will benchmark the lifecycle costs, performance, and operational characteristics against the incumbent technologies (batteries, generators, and diesel fuel). $7.3 million

Washington

ReliOn Inc. (Spokane, WA)

ReliOn will add reliability to a utility communications network where no backup power was previously available at 25 sites throughout central and northern California. They will deploy 180 fuel cells with a new refillable 72-hour fuel system to locations across the AT&T Mobility Network. This project will provide DOE with installation, fueling logistics, and operating data for fuel cells in voice and data communications networks in mountain, desert, and urban locations. $8.6 million (two awards)

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