Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: July 2013

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

In the News

SBIR/STTR Award Winners Announced, Including Hydrogen Production from Water Electrolysis Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the FY 2013 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase 2 award winners, including Proton OnSite, a hydrogen-from-water electrolysis project located in Connecticut. By improving electrode application methods during manufacturing and reducing the platinum group metal usage in the catalysts and electrodes, Proton will decrease the cost of producing hydrogen from renewable resources.

Deadline Extended for RFI on Rotating Disk Electrode Diagnostics for PEMFC Electrocatalyst Screening

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from interested stakeholders regarding the use of rotating disk electrode (RDE) experiments and best practices for experimental conditions for characterization of the activity and durability of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) 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. The submission deadline for this Request for Information has been extended to August 12, 2013.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Successes Highlighted

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently launched a new EERE Successes section of their website highlighting the positive impact of its work with businesses, industry partners, universities, research labs, and other entities to increase the use and effectiveness of affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Successes in advanced fuel cell and hydrogen technologies pave the way for the adoption of cleaner fuels and more efficient energy storage in vehicles and buildings.

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Funding Opportunities

SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Technical Topics Announced for FY14—Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Topics Include Catalysts, Membranes, and Durable Sealing Materials

On Monday, July 15, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the Fiscal Year 2014 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase 2 Release 1 technical topics. These topics include non-platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts for fuel cells and electrolyzers, membranes used in electrochemical systems such as fuel cells, and innovative durable sealing materials for use with hydrogen. The full SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement will be issued on August 12, 2013, and applications will be due October 15, 2013.

Webinars and Workshops

Webinar July 9: Hydrogen Production Analysis Using the H2A v3 Model

On Tuesday, July 9, the Energy Department presented a live webcast titled "Hydrogen Production Analysis Using the H2A v3 Model." The Fuel Cell Technologies Office has developed a series of publicly available techno-economic modeling tools for evaluating the environmental impacts and costs of hydrogen delivered to fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The webinar addressed one of these models in detail, the H2A (Hydrogen Analysis) model. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

Webinar July 24: DOE Analysis Related to H2USA

On Wednesday, July 24, the Energy Department presented a live webcast titled "DOE Analysis Related to H2USA." The webinar provided an informational briefing on models, tools, and various analyses relevant to 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. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

Upcoming Webinar August 13: Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar on August 13, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) describing hydrogen embrittlement and its impact on hydrogen distribution and storage. In particular, the webinar will examine the challenges and existing guidance for selecting structural materials for hydrogen service. During the webinar, speakers from DOE's Sandia National Laboratories will review the "Technical Reference for Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials," an important tool for identifying promising materials for hydrogen service and summarizing hydrogen compatibility data, as well as discovering gaps in available materials data and standards for qualifying materials for hydrogen service. Register to attend the webinar.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

RFIs and NOIs on Website

The financial opportunities section of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office website has been revamped to include current and past Requests for Information (RFIs) and Notices of Intent (NOIs). Check back often to get the latest news and information about all available financial opportunities.

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.