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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office


SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Technical Topics Announced for FY14—Fuel Cell Topics Included

November 14, 2013

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the Fiscal Year 2014 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 technical topics. These topics include prototype fuel cell-battery electric hybrid trucks for waste transportation and novel membranes and non-platinum group metal catalysts for direct methanol as well as hydrogen fuel cells.

DOE's key hydrogen objectives are to reduce the cost of producing and delivering hydrogen to $2–$4 per gallon of gas equivalent (gge) to enable fuel cell vehicle competitiveness with gasoline. Key fuel cell objectives are to reduce fuel cell system cost to $30/kW (equivalent to the cost of a gasoline internal combustion engine) and improve durability to 5,000 hours (equivalent to 150,000 miles of driving) for automotive fuel cell systems. In support of those goals, SBIR/STTR topics in the FY14 Phase I Release 2 are focused on demonstrating fuel cell-battery electric hybrid truck technologies and on developing cost-effective, durable membrane electrode assemblies.

Topics include the following:

  • Demonstration of a Prototype Fuel Cell-Battery Electric Hybrid Truck for Waste Transportation: Technology and business solutions that will help establish a business case, mitigate the cost of hydrogen fuel infrastructure, and demonstrate fuel cell-battery electric hybrid truck technologies in waste hauling applications.
  • Cost-Effective Membrane Electrode Assemblies Utilizing Novel Membranes and Non-Platinum Group Metal Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells: Development of membrane electrode assembly manufacturing methods, scale-up, and cell stack development testing (Technology Transfer Opportunity).
  • Durable Membrane Electrode Assemblies for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Applications: Research and development on non-aqueous liquid compositions comprising ion exchange polymers and on advanced MEAs for fuel cells (Technology Transfer Opportunity).

The full SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement will be issued on November 25, 2013, and applications will be due February 4, 2014.

A webinar was held on November 4 to provide additional information. View the recorded webinar. For additional information about the topics, see details in the technical topic document found on the announcement page.