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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office


Air Force Releases Request for Information Addressing Availability and Cost of Fuel Cell Systems

April 24, 2012

The Department of the Air Force has issued the Request for Information (RFI) "Defense Production Act Title III Technology Marketing Research - Addressing Availability and Cost of Fuel Cell Systems." This RFI solicits information about Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRLs), capabilities, and market information related to fuel cell systems.

Of particular interest are potential technical, manufacturing, and market barriers to establishing a viable business for the technologies of interest. Technology areas include:

  • Fuel cell BOP equipment – components and sub-systems, including blowers, heat exchangers, flow controllers and valves, sensors, power electronics, humidifiers, and fuel processors, that are designed to meet the operational and quality requirements of fuel cell systems and are produced to recognized industry standards.
  • Fuel cell stack and stack components – the fuel cell stack, including cells, current collectors, manifolds, and end plates, that are designed to meet the operational and quality requirements of fuel cell systems and are produced to recognized industry standards. 
  • Tactical fuel cells – fuel cell systems in the power range of 50 W to 25 kW that address USG and commercial applications, including man-portable power, battery charging, auxiliary power, unmanned underwater vehicle/unmanned aerial vehicle/unmanned ground vehicle applications, remote sensing, emergency backup power, and range extending of light- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.

For details see the RFI announcement for RFI-12-16-PKM. Responses to this RFI are due no later than May 14, 2012.