Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: November 2012

The November 2012 issue of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter includes stories in these categories:

In the News

SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 3 Award Winners Announced, Hydrogen Storage and Fuel Cell Manufacturing Projects Included

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the FY 2012 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 3 award winners, including two hydrogen and fuel cell projects. Nextgen Aeronautics, Inc. of Torrance, California, will incorporate low‐cost nanoreinforcement into high‐pressure all‐composite tank designs to further increase pressure and lower costs, and Treadstone Technologies, Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey, will develop a novel, low cost structured metal bipolar plate technology for low temperature PEM fuel cells for transportation applications.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

The autumnal Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) meeting was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory office in Washington, D.C., on November 15–16. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut provided the Committee with video recorded remarks regarding the House and Senate Fuel Cell Caucuses, and Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson provided a DOE leadership update. HTAC was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on DOE's hydrogen research, development, and demonstration efforts. The group includes representatives of domestic industry, academia, professional societies, government agencies, financial organizations, and environmental groups, as well as experts in hydrogen safety. Visit our website to view presentations given to the Committee.

Funding Opportunities

SBIR FOA Released: Includes Hydrogen Dispenser Technologies

The Department of Energy has issued its FY 2013 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000801) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Issued by the Office of Basic Energy Science, Topic 6 is "Hydrogen Dispenser Technologies." Qualified small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering in any of the research areas sought in the announcement are encouraged to apply. There will be a webinar on the general SBIR solicitation process on Friday November 30, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EST to provide additional information.

Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Solicitation Posted

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) awards program was established by the National Science Foundation to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. Addressing some of the most complicated and pressing scientific problems that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines, it is intended to encourage investigators to submit bold, exceptional proposals that some may consider to be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process. INSPIRE is open to interdisciplinary proposals on any NSF-supported topic, submitted by invitation only after a preliminary inquiry process initiated by submission of a required Letter of Intent. FY13 pilot grant mechanisms include INSPIRE Track 1, INSPIRE Track 2, and the Director's INSPIRE Awards. The full solicitation can be found on the NSF website.

Updates and future announcements will be posted on the FCT financial opportunities website.

Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar: DOE Launches Updates to JOBS and economic impacts of Fuel Cells (JOBS FC) Analysis Model

The Energy Department will present a live webinar on December 11, 2012, featuring a tool for estimating the economic impacts of fuel cells in early market applications. The tool, titled JOBS and economic impacts of Fuel Cells (JOBS FC), estimates the jobs created by deploying fuel cells in forklifts, backup power, and prime power applications. The webinar will be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will include an overview of the model and recent updates, instructions for data entry and interpretation of results, and a question and answer session with participants. Register to attend the webinar.

DOE Webinar November 20: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D Opportunities

At noon (EST) on Tuesday, November 20, the Fuel Cell Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing Offices held a joint webinar to provide an overview of activities related to manufacturing research and development (R&D), including potential funding opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cell related manufacturing R&D. Office representatives provided an overview to stakeholders on existing activities as well as plans, particularly related to Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities and Innovative Manufacturing Initiatives. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and provided feedback on priorities, needs and gaps related to manufacturing processes and R&D for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. The presentation slides are now available.

DOE Webinar November 13: Fuel Cell Mobile Lighting

The Energy Department presented a live webcast titled "Fuel Cell Mobile Lighting" on November 13, 2012. This webinar focused on fuel cell-powered mobile lighting systems and how they are used in many industries, from construction to entertainment. Recent activities were described by project partners Sandia National Laboratories, Altergy Systems, and Multiquip. The slides and a recording of the webinar are now available.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

2012 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report Posted

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office has posted the 2012 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report. Each year at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR), projects funded by DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program are reviewed for their merit. The report summarizes the comments of expert peer reviewers at the 2012 AMR, which was held May 14–18, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia. The 2013 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting will be held May 13–17 in Washington, D.C.

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

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Bryan Pivovar Named Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator by the Electrochemical Society

Photo of Bryan Pivovar

The Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society recognizes outstanding scientific work in fundamental or applied electrochemistry, or solid-state science, by a young scientist or engineer. Bryan Pivovar was recognized for his work advancing polymer electrolyte fuels and liquid fed fuel cell systems. Pivovar is the Fuel Cell Group Manager in the Hydrogen Technologies and System Center (HTSC) at NREL and has just finished serving six months as acting center director for the HTSC. He leads NREL's fuel cell R&D efforts, which currently include programs in advanced catalysis, system contaminants, and anion exchange membranes. He has organized and chaired workshops for DOE and the Defense Department on sub-freezing effects on fuel cells and alkaline membrane fuel cells, and he served as chair for the Gordon Research Conference-Fuel Cells. The Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award was presented to Pivovar at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Electrochemical Society.