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Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: September 2012

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

In the News

Winners of Hydrogen Student Design Contest Turn Urban Waste into Energy

How do you combine urban waste, hydrogen, and heat recovery into one power system? A team of University of Maryland undergraduate and graduate engineering students designed a solution to this question as part of the Hydrogen Student Design Contest—a competition supported by the Energy Department to challenge university students to design hydrogen energy applications for real-world use. Learn more about their design in an Energy.gov blog post.

2013 Hydrogen Student Design Contest to Develop Fueling Infrastructure Plan for Northeast U.S.

The 9th Annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest will challenge student teams to create a plan to implement a hydrogen infrastructure in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Building on the recently unveiled California Road Map for hydrogen fueling stations to support fuel cell electric vehicles, students are being asked to support the national roll-out of hydrogen vehicles by creating a plan for the Northeastern United States.

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

Funding Opportunities

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. View the RFP and accompanying information. The closing date is October 19, 2012.

Look for SBIR Release 2 Topics in October.

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

Webinars and Workshops

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

The Energy Department presented a live webinar entitled "2011–2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Winners: On-campus Trigeneration Fuel Cell Systems" on Tuesday, September 4. The webinar focused on the winning entries from 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 their 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 their new solar village. The theme for the 2013 contest was also discussed. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

Upcoming Webinars

October 16 – California Fuel Cell Partnership Road Map

November – Mobile Lighting

December – Jobs Model Update

Send your suggestion for upcoming webinars to fuelcells@ee.doe.gov.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

New Energy Department Report Shows Strong Growth in the Fuel Cell Market in 2011

The Energy Department released a new report showing significant growth for the fuel cell industry in 2011 and forecasting continued growth through 2012. The 2011 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report finds that commercial markets for fuel cell technologies expanded significantly over the last year, especially in the materials handling industry. At the end of 2011, more than 3,000 fuel cell forklifts were either deployed or on order in the United States. With increasing availability, falling costs, and significant improvements in performance and durability, the report projects the fuel cells industry to continue growing through 2012 and beyond.

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

Fuel Cells 2000

Fuel Cells 2000 has recently launched two new tools on their website, a fuel cell calculator and a fuel cell deployment map. Visit their website to see "Fuel Cells By the Numbers" and their state fuel cell and hydrogen database.