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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: August 2012

The August 2012 issue of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter includes stories in these categories:

In the News

Request for Information (RFI) Regarding High-Accuracy Meters for Hydrogen Fueling Equipment

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued an RFI seeking feedback from interested stakeholders regarding the current and near-term status and availability of high-accuracy meters that can perform under hydrogen fueling conditions and meet measurement accuracy requirements. Hydrogen fueling equipment must meet industry measurement standards and be available to sell hydrogen fuel to the public by weight or volume for full commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles. The Program seeks information from stakeholders (including both users and manufacturers of hydrogen meters) regarding the status of meters that can meet NIST accuracy requirements while also performing under hydrogen fueling conditions such as those proposed in SAE J2601 guidelines. RFI responses must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Revitalized Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus Holds Inaugural Meeting

The revitalized Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus held its inaugural meeting, titled "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Briefing: Celebrating a Clean Energy American Success Story," on July 18. Co-chaired by Senators Blumenthal, Graham, Hoeven, and Coons, the goal of the Caucus is to help Senators and Hill staffers get information on fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, including their role in creating jobs and making a difference across the country today. The co-chairs gave welcoming remarks, which were followed by public and private sector experts who provided insight on the economic and environmental benefits, explained the challenges to widespread deployment, and discussed opportunities for industry and government to accelerate U.S. commercial deployment across the nation. Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dave Danielson attended and spoke about recent DOE accomplishments and future plans to increase the American manufacturing base. He also announced the new hydrogen infrastructure data collection awards.

Check out our events calendar to see a listing of our upcoming events.

Funding Opportunities

SBIR FOA: Includes Innovative Approaches Toward Discovery and/or Development of Ultra-Low- and Non-PGM Catalysts for PEMFCs and Non-PGM Catalysts for AFCs

The Department of Energy has issued its FY 2013 Phase I Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000760) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Topic 10 C is "Innovative Approaches Toward Discovery and/or Development of Ultra-Low- and Non-PGM Catalysts for PEMFCs and Non-PGM Catalysts for AFCs." Qualified small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering in any of the research areas sought in the announcement are encouraged to apply. The deadline for receipt of Phase I "letters of intent" is September 4, 2012, 5:00 pm EDT.

Look for SBIR Release 2 Topics in October.

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Deployment of Fuel Cell-Based Auxiliary Power Units for Refrigerated Trucks Now Available from PNNL

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has issued an RFP for the analysis and demonstration of fuel cell-based auxiliary power units, or APUs, for refrigerated trucks. The project aims to accelerate market deployment of fuel cell-based APUs. Commercial trucks using APUs for their refrigeration units could realize significant cost, fuel, and emissions savings and reduced engine wear. The RFP and accompanying information can be found here.

Updates and future announcements will be posted on the FCT financial opportunities website.

Webinars and Workshops

DOE Webinar August 14: Material Characterization of Storage Vessels for Fuel Cell Forklifts

The Energy Department presented a live webcast titled "Material Characterization of Storage Vessels for Fuel Cell Forklifts" on August 14, 2012. The webinar focused on the results of a study conducted by Sandia National Laboratories that investigated the fatigue life of steel pressure vessels, commonly used for the transport of pressurized gases, including gaseous hydrogen. Attendees learned more about how the EERE-funded Hydrogen Safety, Codes, and Standards Program provides timely resources for this critical research topic. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

Upcoming DOE Webinar September 4: Hydrogen Student Design Contest Winners: On-Campus Tri-Generation Fuel Cell Systems

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "2011 - 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Winners: On-Campus Tri-Generation Fuel Cell Systems" on Tuesday, September 4 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will focus on the winning entries from the University of Maryland; Washington State University; and University of California, Davis. This year, teams created design concepts for a tri-generation system that produces electricity, heat, and hydrogen for their university campus. The first place winner, the University of Maryland utilized organic and municipal solid waste via gasification and anaerobic digestion technology. Washington State University placed second and proposed a pyrolysis reactor for straw waste from agriculture in the local community. The University of California, Davis won third place for a design that included a hydrogen power and heating system for a residential building complex next to its new solar village. The theme for the 2013 contest will also be discussed. Register to attend this webinar.

Upcoming Webinar October 9: JOBS and Economic Impacts of Fuel Cells (JOBS FC) Analysis Model Status

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

DOE Issues "State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2012"

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued the third annual State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2012 report. The report, written by Fuel Cells 2000, details fuel cell and hydrogen activities and policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

California Fuel Cell Partnership Issues "A California Road Map: The Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles"

The California Fuel Cell Partnership recently released a new document—"A California Road Map: The Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles." Now available on its website, the road map identifies a need for 68 strategically placed hydrogen stations by January 2016 and an additional $65 million in funding to support market launch in California.

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.