DOE Releases a Request for Information: New Centers of Excellence for R&D of Hydrogen-Storage Materials

    January 15, 2009

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the formation of new Centers of Excellence for the research and development of hydrogen storage materials. The on-board vehicle storage of hydrogen continues to be one of the most technically challenging barriers to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen-fueled light-duty vehicles. Since 2005, the DOE Hydrogen Program has funded cooperative research and development activities on hydrogen storage materials through three Centers of Excellence (CoEs), one on each of the reversible metal hydrides, hydrogen sorbents, and chemical hydrogen storage materials, as well as independent projects. The current CoEs were originally planned as five-year efforts and are planned to end in 2010. The DOE Hydrogen Program anticipates continuing research and development activities on hydrogen storage materials beyond the planned end of the current CoEs.

    The purpose of this RFI is to gather feedback from the research community and stakeholders prior to DOE issuing a new Center of Excellence Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). DOE will review and consider all responses to this RFI in its formulation of program strategies in the pursuant FOA. This RFI is not an FOA. DOE will not reimburse costs associated with preparing any documents for this RFI, and there is no guarantee that an FOA will be issued subsequent to this RFI. DOE is not accepting applications at this time. DOE plans to issue an FOA in the future, and final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of DOE-funded awards, will be subject to congressional appropriations and direction.


    The RFI can be obtained from the DOE e-Center, and comments must be provided by no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on February 6, 2009.