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Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: January 2012

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

In the News

DOE Releases Request for Information on Early Market Opportunities for Fuel Cell Technologies

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information asking for stakeholder feedback on the commercial readiness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Topics covered include: auxiliary power on board commercial, heavy duty road vehicles for refrigeration; fuel cell battery rechargers for all electric vehicles used for transporting freight or passengers; and technology deployment projects for other on or off road transportation markets. The deadline for responses is March 2, 2012.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Interagency Action Plan Released

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Interagency Task Force and Interagency Working Group released their Interagency Action Plan (IAP) on January 30. The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Interagency Action Plan guides collaborative federal agency efforts to research, develop, demonstrate, and deploy hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

DOE Launches Comprehensive Hydrogen Storage Materials Clearing House

A comprehensive hydrogen storage materials database to collect and disseminate materials data and accelerate advanced materials research and development was launched December 13. As a free access resource for the research and development community, this database will accelerate the development of advanced hydrogen storage materials by consolidating the technical knowledge-base, including hundreds of material property listings and references, in a single location.

N.E. Chemcat Corporation Licenses Brookhaven Lab's Electrocatalyst Technology for Fuel Cells in Electric Vehicles

N.E. Chemcat Corporation, one of Japan's leading catalyst and precious metal compound manufacturers, has licensed electrocatalysts developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory that can reduce the use of costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles.

DOE's Top Energy Innovator Challenge Open to Public Voting

DOE is giving the public the chance to vote for the most innovative and promising technologies supported by the "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge. In all, 36 start-up companies elected to participate in this first-of-its-kind effort. These companies have signed 43 option agreements allowing them to license cutting-edge technologies developed and patented by one of DOE's 17 national laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex, one of four production facilities in the National Nuclear Security Administration's Nuclear Security Enterprise. Make sure you vote today!

Secretary Chu at the Detroit Auto Show

If you want to read the latest on innovation in the auto industry you won't want to miss this speech by the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu. The speech was presented at the 2012 North American International Auto Show for a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. View Secretary Chu's remarks for the Detroit Economic Club as prepared.

Funding Opportunities

Energy Department Awards More Than $7 Million for Innovative Hydrogen Storage Technologies in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

On December 12, the DOE announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington, and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles. The 3-year projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by developing innovative materials and advanced tanks for efficient and safe transportation. Award winners are HRL Laboratories, LLC of Malibu, California; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of Berkeley, California; and the University of Oregon of Eugene, Oregon. These investments are a part of the Department's commitment to U.S. leadership in advanced fuel cell technology research to help domestic automakers bring more fuel cell electric vehicles into the mainstream market.

Recent Blogs

Fuel Cell Lift Trucks: A Grocer's Best Friend

Learn about how fuel cell powered lift trucks are helping companies like Baldor Specialty Foods ensure that their customers have access to the freshest seasonal produce in a story on DOE's Energy Blog.

Fuel Cell Powers Up Festivities at Secretary Chu's Holiday Party

A story about how the Energy Department used a clean, efficient fuel cell to power the tree lights at its annual holiday party is posted on DOE's Energy Blog.

Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar February 6: Learning Demonstration Project Updates

On February 6, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office and NREL will host a webinar to discuss the progress and accomplishments made on fuel cell electric cars and hydrogen fueling stations during the National Hydrogen Demonstration. Check back soon for registration information.

Webinar December 7: Fuel Cells and Telecom — Reports from the Field

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office hosted “Fuel Cells and Telecom — Reports from the Field” as part of the Learning from Local Leaders Webinar Series on December 7. The webinar focused on fuel cell applications for primary or backup power for telecommunications switch nodes, cell towers, and other electronic systems that benefit from onsite power. Speakers included Ronda Mosley, Senior Director for Research and Government Services, Public Technology Institute; James Kerr, Product Marketing Manager, IdaTech; and Thomas Browning, Regional Director of Field Operations, MetroPCS. See the slides or a recording of the webinar.

Events Calendar

Check out our events calendar to see an up to the minute listing of our upcoming events.

Date Event Location Time
February 6 Webinar: National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration Status Webinar 12:00—1:00 p.m. EST
February 27 Webinar: Federal Facilities Guide to Fuel Cell CHP Webinar 12:00—1:00 p.m. EST

Studies, Reports, and Publications

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.