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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

DOE Issues a Request for Information: Targets for Combined Heat and Power and Auxiliary Power Unit Fuel Cell Applications

May 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders and the research community on proposed technical targets for combined heat and power (CHP) and auxiliary power unit (APU) fuel cell applications. The information collected will assist DOE in refining performance, durability, and cost targets.   Deployment of fuel cells in residential CHP applications would allow recovery and utilization of waste heat, improving the efficiency of electricity, heat, and hot-water production. Deployment of fuel cells in APUs for heavy-duty vehicles would provide significant fuel savings and reduction of pollutant emissions, and is also a potential early-market opportunity for fuel cell technology. Robust technical targets for each of these applications are needed to evaluate progress toward commercialization and deployment. The targets are driven by consumer expectations for CHP and APU applications, rather than by the operating parameters or constraints of specific technologies. 

This RFI closes on June 30, 2009. The full announcement with information about providing comments is available on FedConnect under the “Search Public Opportunities” link.  Search by Reference Number for DE-FOA-0000111.