Fuel Cell Technologies Project Wins R&D 100 Award for 2012

    July 23, 2012

    Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) funded by the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program have won one of only 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The Energy Department announced that it received a total of 36 awards across all of its research and development programs, including EERE which won 12. The coveted awards—now in their 50th year—are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials, or software that were developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.

    BNL’s project focuses on platinum monolayer electrocatalysts for fuel cell cathodes. Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for fuel cells, but conventional platinum-based catalysts are expensive and durability is a major challenge. The new electrocatalysts have high activity, stability, and durability, while containing only about one-tenth the platinum of conventional catalysts used in fuel cells, significantly reducing overall costs.

    The R&D 100 awards highlight some of the successes achieved by the Department's national laboratories in technology transfer, moving basic and applied research results into commercial products. Since 1962, when R&D Magazine's annual competition began, the Department's national laboratories have been the recipient of over 800 R&D 100 awards in areas such as energy, national security, and basic scientific applications.

    R&D 100 awards are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness of projects and technologies from across industry, government, and academia. View the complete list of R&D 100 awards.