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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

'Grand Challenge' for Basic and Applied Research in Hydrogen Storage Solicitation

DOE is issuing a Grand Challenge to the scientific community by soliciting Applications for research, development and demonstration of hydrogen storage materials and technologies. In addition to applied research and development, Applications can include substantial basic research aimed at improving the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of hydrogen storage in materials. This solicitation requests applications in two Categories:

  • Category 1: Research and development to be conducted by virtual Centers of Excellence led by DOE national laboratories and including universities, industry, and/or other federal/national laboratories as partners. Focus areas are Metal hydrides, Chemical hydrides, and Carbon-based hydrogen storage materials. Only DOE national laboratories may submit joint application packages in response to Category 1. The proposed university and industry efforts must be part of those application packages.

  • Category 2: Research and development through cooperative agreements in the following areas: New materials or technologies for hydrogen storage; Compressed and liquid hydrogen tank technologies; and Off-board hydrogen storage systems. Category 2 is open to Applicants from universities and industry; federal or national laboratories may be partners.

Awards under this Solicitation will be Cooperative Agreements with terms of three to five years beginning in fiscal year 2004. DOE anticipates selecting 15 to 20 Applications for negotiation of Award. Subject to the availability of annual congressional appropriations, the total cumulative DOE funding available under this Solicitation for all projects is anticipated to be between $95 million and $125 million over the five-year period.

Applications were due September 30, 2003. Note: All proposed projects must follow guidelines in the Guidance for Safety Aspects of Proposed Hydrogen Projects document.

Draft Statement of Objectives

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Hydrogen Storage Grand Challenge Pre-Solicitation Meeting

The Hydrogen Storage Grand Challenge Pre-Solicitation Meeting was held June 19, 2003 in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the technical community about the upcoming solicitation, and to provide a forum for representatives from national laboratories, universities, small businesses, and industry to interact and explore potential partnerships. Presentations from the meeting are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.

Meeting Attendees

Questions and Answers from Pre-Solicitation Meeting

Grand Challenge for Basic and Applied Research in Hydrogen Storage, JoAnn Milliken (DOE, EERE)

Report on Hydrogen Storage Panel Findings in DOE-BES Sponsored Workshop on Basic Research for Hydrogen Production, Storage and Use, Harriet Kung (DOE, BES)

Metal Hydrides - Science Needs, Ames Laboratory

ANL Capabilities for Hydrogen Storage: Chemical Hydride Center (lead) & Carbon / Hydrides (contributor), Argonne National Laboratory

BNL Gas Storage Achievements, Research Capabilities, Interests, and Project Team, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Virtual Center of Excellence for Hydrogen Storage - Chemical Hydrides, Idaho Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, James Lake

Chemical Sciences at ORNL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Hydrogen Storage at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL, Donald F. Grether

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Proposal to Participate in the Carbon and Metal Hydride Virtual Centers, LLNL, Robert Glass

Proposal to Lead the Virtual Center on Carbon Materials and Support the Chemical Hydrides Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mike Heben

LANL/PNNL Virtual Center for Chemical Hydrides and New Concepts for Hydrogen Storage, Los Alamos National and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

PNNL Chemical Hydride Capabilities, Los Alamos National and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

Proposed Virtual Center for Excellence for Metal Hydride Development, Sandia National Laboratory, James Wang

Savannah River Hydrogen Storage Technology, Savannah River Technology Center, William A. Summers