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Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: April 2013

The April 2013 issue of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter includes stories in these categories:

In the News

DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review Being Held May 13–17

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) 2013 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings (AMR) for the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program will be held on May 13–17, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia in conjunction with the Vehicle Technologies Office's AMR. During the meeting, principal investigators will present the status and results of their DOE-funded hydrogen and fuel cell projects to a diverse array of stakeholders and experts from the research community. These experts provide independent assessment of the performance and overall value of the Program’s projects, and their findings are used to help guide Program activities. More than 1,700 participants are expected from industry, small businesses, universities, research institutions, government, and other organizations. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge, but registration is required.

Fuel Cell Technologies Office FY2014 Budget Request Briefing

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office held a budget briefing for stakeholders on Friday, April 12, 2013, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the webinar, Director Sunita Satyapal reviewed the Fuel Cell Technologies Office portion of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy FY2014 budget request. Slides from this webinar are available online.

Request for Information on Home Hydrogen Refueling Systems and Potential H-Prize Topics Issued

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued a Request for Information seeking feedback from stakeholders about a potential H-Prize competition involving home hydrogen refueling systems. Comments must be provided by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 24, 2013.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Held April 23–24

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) meeting was held April 23 through 24 in Washington, D.C. HTAC was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on DOE's hydrogen research, development, and demonstration efforts.

Vacancy Announcement Posted for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Safety, Codes and Standards Position

The Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office has posted a vacancy announcement for an Interdisciplinary GS-13/14 Project Manager position. This position serves as the lead for the Safety, Codes and Standards activities in the FCT Office. This announcement has a closing date of May 3, 2013.

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Funding Opportunities

FY 2014 Engineering Research Centers Program Solicitation

Within the next month, the National Science Foundation anticipates issuing a solicitation calling for proposals to establish new Engineering Research Centers (ERC) in FY 2014. The solicitation includes two types of proposal submission tracks—Open Topic ERCs (engineered systems vision chosen by the PI) and Nanosystems ERCs (NERC) (topics where the realization of the engineered system vision requires a significant body of new nanoscale research). The actual number of each type of ERC-funded center will depend on the scale and scope of the proposed centers, the availability of funds, and the quality of the proposals submitted. Up to four awards are anticipated and there is no preference between the two tracks. Additional details will be posted when the solicitation is released. Read the Dear Colleague Letter for more information.

Webinars and Workshops

Webinar April 16: Automotive and MHE Fuel Cell System Cost Analysis

The Energy Department presented a live webcast on Tuesday, April 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar gave an overview of automotive and material handling equipment (MHE) fuel cell system cost analyses, with presentations by Strategic Analysis, Inc. and the Battelle Memorial Institute. Slides and a recording of the webinar are now available.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

Evaluation of the Total Cost of Ownership of Fuel Cell-Powered Material Handling Equipment

Hydrogen fuel cells are currently being used commercially in early market applications such as material handling equipment. Fuel cell systems look particularly promising as replacements for batteries in material handling equipment like forklifts in warehouse applications where operations extend for two or three shifts each day. This report assesses the total cost of ownership of fuel cell MHE and compares it to the cost of ownership of traditional battery-powered MHE.

State Summaries: A Snapshot of EERE's Work in States

The EERE State Summaries educate policymakers and the public about EERE investments, including hydrogen and fuel cells and their positive impacts in individual states and across the country. The EERE portfolio consists primarily of competitively selected projects with the largest potential to help achieve national economic, strategic, environmental, and energy goals. EERE helps create the United States' clean energy economy today, developing and delivering innovative, market-driven solutions.

New Records Available: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Life-cycle Costs of Light Duty Vehicles

Two new records have been added to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program record database regarding the greenhouse gas emissions and the life-cycle costs of light duty vehicles. Published in conjunction with the Vehicle Technologies Office, Record #13005 documents the assumptions and results of analyses conducted to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum energy use resulting from a variety of fuel/vehicle pathways for a future mid-size car and a mid-size sport utility vehicle. Also published jointly, record #13006 estimates the life-cycle costs resulting from several fuel/vehicle pathways for a future mid-size car.

Visit our website to access technical information about hydrogen and fuel cells. This information is provided in documents such as technical and project reports, conference proceedings and journal articles, technical presentations, and links to other websites.

National Laboratory and Principal Investigator Achievements

Sandia: Maritime Ports May Be the Next Deployment for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen fuel cells are being used in a variety of ways to provide efficient, pollution-free power—mobile lighting systems, forklifts, emergency backup systems, and light duty trucks, to name a few. Providing auxiliary power to ships in berth may be added to that list soon. Read a recent article from Sandia National Laboratories.