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Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: May 2013

The May 2013 issue of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter includes stories in these categories:

In the News

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review

The DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program held a joint peer review meeting with the Vehicle Technologies Program May 13–17, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia. The Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) showcased projects from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Science. This year's AMR had nearly 1,700 of the nation's top scientists, engineers, and researchers representing government, national laboratories, academia, and industry in attendance. More than 200 hydrogen and fuel cell presentations and posters were reviewed. Presentations and posters on project status and results are available in the 2013 Annual Merit Review Proceedings.

Request for Information Regarding Rotating Disk Electrode Diagnostics for PEMFC Electrocatalyst Screening

On May 21, 2013, the Energy Department issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from interested stakeholders regarding the use of rotating disk electrode experiments and best practices for experimental conditions for characterization of the activity and durability of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysts.

For details, see the RFI announcement DE-FOA-0000926 or email questions about the RFI to DOE.RDE@go.doe.gov with "question" in the subject line. RFI responses must be received no later 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on July 12, 2013.

Request for Information Regarding Hydrogen Delivery Technologies

The Energy Department issued a request for information (RFI) on May 20, 2013, seeking feedback from interested stakeholders regarding hydrogen delivery research and development activities aimed at lowering the cost of hydrogen delivery technologies. DOE is seeking comments on the recently released "2013 Hydrogen Compression, Storage, and Dispensing Cost Reduction Workshop Final Report." Specifically, DOE is requesting comments from interested parties about compression, storage, and dispensing technologies, as well as high-efficiency hydrogen liquefaction technologies.

For details, see the RFI announcement DE-FOA-EE0000920. Email questions about the RFI to FCTdelivery@go.doe.gov with "question" in the subject line. Responses must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 13, 2013.

DOE Launches Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure

The Energy Department launched H2USA—a new public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles. The new partnership brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.

"Fuel cell technologies are an important part of an all-of-the-above approach to diversify America's transportation sector, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and increase our competitiveness in the global market," said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson. "By bringing together key stakeholders from across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen industry, the H2USA partnership will help advance affordable fuel cell electric vehicles that save consumers money and give drivers more options."

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Funding Opportunities

EERE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Early Market Hydrogen and Fuel Cell FOA

On May 10, 2013, the Energy Department announced that it intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Medium Duty Trucks, Roof-top Backup Power, and Advanced Hydrogen Refueling Components." It is anticipated that the FOA will be issued in June 2013 and will include the following topics:

Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar June 25: Hydrogen Storage Materials Requirements

The Energy Department will present a live webcast on Tuesday, June 25, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence has been modeling and developing onboard hydrogen storage systems and components utilizing materials based storage media to meet the Energy Department's technical targets for storage systems. This webinar will address the critical materials requirements needed for both adsorbents and chemical hydrogen carriers to meet the 2017 DOE technical targets. Register to attend the webinar.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

Sandia National Laboratories Technical Reference on Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials Makes Debut on OpenEI

Sandia National Laboratories' Technical Reference on Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials has made its debut on the Energy Dataset of OpenEnergyInfo, or OpenEI. The Technical Reference provides detailed information of the effects of hydrogen on the materials that might be used in equipment for storing hydrogen and delivering it to fuel cell electric vehicles. The Technical Reference consolidates results of extensive review of reports and journal publications, as well as new research conducted by Sandia, on a range of compatibility issues that must be addressed to increase the cost-effectiveness and ease-of-use of hydrogen vehicles and their infrastructure.

Hydrogen Compression, Storage, and Dispensing Cost Reduction Workshop Report

Proceedings from the Hydrogen Compression, Storage, and Dispensing (CSD) Cost Reduction Workshop that took place March 20–21, 2013, were released by Argonne National Laboratory. The objective of the CSD workshop was to share information and identify the research, development, and demonstration needs in the areas of compression, storage, and dispensing to enable cost reduction of hydrogen fuel at fueling stations.

Economic Impact of Fuel Cell Deployment in Forklifts and for Backup Power under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office recently released a report estimating the economic impacts associated with expenditures under the Recovery Act. Developed by Argonne National Laboratory, "Economic Impact of Fuel Cell Deployment in Forklifts and for Backup Power under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" estimates total employment, earnings, and economic output using the JOBS and economic impacts of Fuel Cells (JOBS FC) model, also developed by Argonne.

Visit our website to access technical information about hydrogen and fuel cells. This information is provided in documents such as technical and project reports, conference proceedings and journal articles, technical presentations, and links to other websites.

National Laboratory and Principal Investigator Achievements

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program presented its annual awards at the 2013 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting on May 14. Each year, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program presents "Sub-Program Awards" to recognize exceptional achievements in specific areas. The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program also presented "Special Recognition Awards" that represent accomplishments beyond a single sub-program. Learn about the award winners.

Special Recognition Awards

The U.S. Fuel Cell Council, the National Hydrogen Association, and the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

Robert (Bob) Rose, founder of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council
Jeffrey Serfass, founding president of the National Hydrogen Association
Ruth Cox, first executive director of FCHEA
Morry Markowitz, executive director and president of FCHEA

Walter Podolski, Argonne National Laboratory

Sub-Program Awards

Hydrogen Production
Chris Ainscough, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Kevin Harrison, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hydrogen Storage
Philip Parilla, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Karl Gross, H2 Technology Consulting

Fuel Cells
Karren L. More, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Frederick T. Wagner, General Motors (retired)

Manufacturing R&D
Emory De Castro, BASF Fuel Cell, Inc.

Technology Validation
Leslie Eudy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Safety, Codes and Standards
Tommy Rockward, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Market Transformation
Stuart Funk, Logistics Management Institute
Leo Grassilli, Office of Naval Research

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