U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

2003 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report

The following report summarizes the comments provided by the Merit Review Panel at the U.S. DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office FY 2003 Merit Review and Peer Evaluation, held on May 19-22, 2003 in Berkeley, California. The projects have been grouped according to which activity area in the Program's Multi-Year Research, Demonstration and Development Plan they support. The report is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF. Download Adobe Reader

Introductory Pages

Comments By Section

Appendices

Section 1: Hydrogen Production and Delivery

Project #1: H2 from Biomass: Catalytic Reforming of Pyrolysis Vapors (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #2: H2 from Post-Consumer Residues (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #3: Fluidizable Reforming Catalysts (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #4: Biohydrogen Production from Renewable Organic Wastes (ISU) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #5: Biological Water Gas Shift (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #6: Thermocatalytic CO2-free Production of H2 from HC Fuels (Florida Solar Energy Center) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #7: Novel Catalytic Fuel Reforming Using Micro-Technology with Advanced Separations Technology (InnovaTek) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #8: Engineering Development of Ceramic Membrane Reactor Systems for Converting Natural Gas to Hydrogen & Syn Gas for Liquid Transportation Fuels (Air Products & Chemicals Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #9: Integrated Ceramic Membrane System for H2 Production (Praxair) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #10: Low Cost H2 Production Platform (Praxair) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #11: Defect-free Thin Film Membranes for H2 Separation & Isolation (SNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #12: Maximizing Photosynthetic Efficiencies and H2 Production in Microalgal Cultures (UC Berkeley) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #13: Reformer Model Development for Hydrogen Production (JPL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #14: Photoelectrochemical H2 Production (University of Hawaii) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #15: Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #16: Encapsulated Metal Hydride for H2 Separation (SRTC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #17: Economic Comparison of Renewable Sources for Vehicular Hydrogen in 2040 (DTI) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #18: Biomass-Derived H2 from a Thermally Ballasted Gasifier (Iowa State University) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #20: Evaluation of Protected Metal Hydride Slurries in a H2 Mini-Grid (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #22: Novel Compression and Fueling Apparatus to Meet Hydrogen Vehicle Range Req. (Air Products & Chemicals Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #30: Techno-Economic Analysis of H2 Production by Gasification of Biomass (GTI) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #31: Supercritic al Water Partial Oxidation (GA) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #32: Development of Efficient and Robust Algal Hydrogen Production Systems (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #34: Water-Gas Shift Membrane Reactor Studies (University of Pittsburgh) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #38: Low Cost, High Efficiency Reversible FC Systems (Technology Management Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #39: High-Efficiency Steam Electrolyzer (LLNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #40: High Temperature Solid Oxide Electrolyzer System (INEEL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #41: Photoelectrochemical H2 Prod. Using New Combinatorial Chemistry Derived Materials (UC Santa Barbara) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #42: Algal Hydrogen Photoproduction (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #43: Discovery of Photocatalysts for H2 Production (SRI International) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #49: Advanced Thermal Hydrogen Compression (Ergenics Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #59: Development of a Turnkey H2 Fueling Station (Air Products & Chemicals Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #60: Autothermal Cyclic Reforming-Based H2 Generating and Dispensing System (GE Energy) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #63: H2 Reformer, FC Power Plant, & Vehicle Refueling System (Air Products & Chemicals Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #64: Candidate Fuels for Vehicular Fuel Cell Power Systems: Stakeholder Risk Analysis (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #111: Fuel Cell Distributed Power Package Unit: Fuel Processing Based on Autothermal Cyclic Reforming (GE) (PDF 3.7 MB)

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Section 2: Hydrogen Storage

Project #44: DOE H2 Composite Tank Program (Quantum Technologies Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #45: Development of a Compressed H2 Gas Integrated Storage System (Johns Hopkins University/APL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #46: H2 Storage Using Lightweight Tanks (LLNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #47: Insulated Pressure Vessels for Vehicular Hydrogen Storage (LLNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #48: Low Permeation Liner for H2 Gas Storage Tanks (INEEL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #50: Catalytically Enhanced H2 Storage System (University of Hawaii) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #51: Hydride Development for Hydrogen Storage (SNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #52: Hydrogen Storage Using Complex Hydrides (FSEC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #53: High-Density H2 Storage Demonstration Using NaAlH4-Based Complex Compound Hydrides (UTRC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #54: Standardized Testing Program for Emergent Chemical Hydride & Carbon StorageTechnologies (SwRI) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #55: H2 Storage in Carbon Nanotubes (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #56: Doped Carbon Nanotubes for H2 Storage (Westinghouse Savannah River Tech Center) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #57: H2 Storage in Metal-Modified Single -Wall Carbon Nanotubes (Caltech) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #58: Hydrogen Storage Via Ammonia and Aminoborane (Florida Solar Energy Center) (PDF 3.7 MB)

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Section 3: Fuel Cells

Project #67: Study of Fuel Cell Water Transport with Neutron Imaging (NIST) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #70: Integrated Manufacturing for Advanced Membrane Electrode Assemblies (De Nora) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #71: Development of High -Temperature Membranes & Improved Cathode Catalysts (UTC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #72: Advanced MEAs for Enhanced Operating Conditions (3M) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #73: R&D on an Ultra-Thin Composite Membrane for High Temp. Operation in PEMFCs (Fuel Cell Energy) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #74: Development Of High-Performance, Low-Pt Cathodes Containing New Catalysts & Layer Structure (Superior MicroPowders) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #75: Design & Installation of a Pilot Plant for High-Volume Electrode Production (SwRI) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #76: Scale-Up of Carbon/Carbon Composite Bipolar Plates (Porvair Corp) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #77: High Temperature Polymer Membranes for Fuel Cells (Case West Reserve University) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #78: Electrodes for PEMFC Operation on H2 & Reformate (LANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #79: New Electrocatalysts for FCs (LBNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #80: Low-Platinum Hydrous Metal Oxides for PEMFC Cathodes (NRL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #81: Low-Platinum Loading Electrocatalysts (Brookhaven National Laboratory) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #82: Microstructural Characterization of PEM Fuel Cells (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #83: Bipolar Plate-Supported SOFC "TuffCell" (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #84: Coatings for Fuel Cell Air Compressors (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #85: Carbon Composite Bipolar Plate for PEM Fuel Cells (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #86: Cost-Effective Surface Modification for Metallic Bipolar Plates (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #87: Carbon Foam for Fuel Cell Humidification (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #89: Sulfur Removal from Reformate (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #90: Assessment of FCs as Auxiliary Power Systems for Transportation Vehicles (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #91: Fuel Cell Reformer Emissions (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #92: Fuel Processing of Diesel Fuel For APUs (NETL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #94: Fiber-Optic Temperature Sensor for PEM Fuel Cells Monitoring (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #95: Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Hydrogen Sulfide (ORNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #96: SOFC Auxiliary Power Units for Long-Haul Trucks: Modeling and Control (PNNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #99: Diesel Reforming (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #100: Fast Start Reformer Components (LANL, ORNL, and PNNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #101: Fuel Cell Systems Analysis (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #102: Fuel Cell Vehicle Systems Analysis (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #103: Cost Analyses of Fuel Cell Stacks/Systems (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #104: Precious Metal Availability & Cost Analysis for PEMFC Commercialization (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #105: DFMA Cost Estimates of FC/Reformer Systems at Low, Mediun, & High Production Rates (DTI) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #106: Water-Gas Shift Catalysis (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #107: Catalysts for Autothermal Reforming (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #108: Development of WGS Membrane Reactor (Ohio State University) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #109: OnBoard Vehicle, Cost Effective H2 Enhancement Tech. for Transportation PEMFCs (UTRC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #110: Advanced High Efficiency Quick Start Fuel Processors for Transportation Applications (Nuvera) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #112: Plate-Based Fuel Processing System (Catalytica) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #113: Quick-Starting Fuel Processors (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #114: Progress in Microchannel Steam Reformation of Hydrocarbon Fuels (PNNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #115: Reformate Clean-Up: The Case for Microchannel Architecture (PNNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #116: Fuel Processors for PEM FCs (University of Michigan) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #117: Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (LANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #118: Development of Advanced Catalysts for DMFCs (JPL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #119: Fuel Cell Power System for Transportation - Gasoline Reformer (UTCFC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #120: PEMFC Power System on Ethanol (Caterpillar, Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #121: New Solid Sulfide Thio-acid Membranes for High Temperature PEMFCs (Iowa State University) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #122: Effects of Fuel Composition on Fuel Processing (ANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #123: Testing of Fuels in Fuel Cell Reformers (LANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #124: Carbon Monoxide Sensors for Reformate-Powered FCs (LANL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #125: Electrochemical Sensors for PEMFC Vehicles (LLNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #127: Development of Sensors for Automotive PEM-Based Fuel Cells (UTCFC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #129: Sensor Development for PEMFC Systems (Honeywell Sensing & Controls) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #130: Fuel Cell Turbocompressor (Honeywell) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #131: Development of a Torroidal Intersecting Vane Machine Air Management System for Automotive Fuel Cell Systems (Mechanology, LLC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #132: PEM Fuel Cell Air Blowers (UTCFC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #133: DOE Compressor/Expander Module Development Program (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)

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Section 4: Technology Validation

Project #19: Technical Analysis: Integrating a H2 Energy Station Into a Federal Building (TIAX) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #21: Validation of an Integrated System for a H2-Fueled Power Park (Air Products) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #23: Hawaii Hydrogen Power Park (University of Hawaii) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #24: Power Park (Pinnacle West) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #25: DTE Hydrogen Power Park (DTE Energy) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #26: Filling Up With Hydrogen 2000 (Stuart Energy) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #27: Mixtures of H2 & Natural Gas (HCNG) for Heavy-Duty Applications (Collier Technologies) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #33: Hydrogen from Biomass for Urban Transportation (Clark Atlanta University) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #36: Power Parks System Simulation (SNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #37: On-Site Hydrogen Generation & Refueling Station (Hyradix/ SunLine) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #61: Development of a Natural Gas to H2 Fueling System (GTI) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #65: Renewable Energy Transportation System (SunLine) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #66: H2 Storage and Compression: LAX (Praxair) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #88: Advanced Underground Vehicle Power & Control FC Mine Locomotive Vehicle Projects (LLC) (PDF 3.7 MB)

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Section 5: Safety, Codes and Standards

Project #68: Codes & Standards Analysis (University of Miami) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #69: Hydrogen Codes and Standards (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #93: Gallium Nitride Integrated Gas/Temperature Sensors for FC System Monitoring for H2 & CO (Peterson Ridge LLC) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #126: Interfacial Stability of Thin Film H2 Sensors (NREL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #128: Micro-Machined Thin Film H2 Gas Sensors (Adv Tech Materials Inc.) (PDF 3.7 MB)

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Section 6: Other

Project #28: Toward the Development of a Thermodynamic Fuel Cell (SNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)
Project #29: Reduced Turbine Emission Using H2-Enriched Fuels (SNL) (PDF 3.7 MB)

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