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Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: April 2014

The April 2014 issue of the of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter includes stories in these categories:

In the News

Energy Department Invests More than $3 Million to Advance U.S. Competitiveness in the Fuel Cell Market

On April 8, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) selected Connecticut-based Fuel Cell Energy for a more than $3 million award for a project. This award was competitively selected from previous FCTO Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-000360 to enhance the performance, increase the lifespan, and decrease the cost of stationary fuel cells being used for distributed generation and combined heat and power applications. See the EERE news release.

Clean Energy Technology Showcase Review
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On April 15, 2014, FCTO held its Clean Energy Technology Showcase Review featuring fuel cells, flow batteries, and related energy efficiency technologies at Stanford University. During the event, DOE's early market projects were introduced to potential investors, business partners, and other stakeholders through presentations and a poster session in an effort to facilitate industry and investor awareness of these emerging and innovative technology areas. Reviewers provided feedback to FCTO as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Office and ARPA-E on the projects presented. Attendees included Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy and David T. Danielson, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy Department Establishes H2FIRST to Support H2USA

The Energy Department recently posted a blog about the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project, a unique collaborative effort between Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Energy Department's Fuel Cell Technologies Office established H2FIRST to support H2USA, a public private partnership focused on the widespread commercial adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles. Read Leveraging National Laboratories to Support H2USA for more information about the H2FIRST project.

DOE Issues Request for Information on Hydrogen Contamination Detectors

FCTO has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from interested stakeholders on existing and potential hydrogen contamination detectors (HCDs) and related factors such as performance characteristics, system integration requirements, costs, deployment guidance, and R&D needs. For details, see the RFI announcement DE-FOA-0001116 or email questions about the RFI to with "question" in the subject line. RFI responses must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on May 19, 2014.

SBIR/STTR Phase II Release 1 Award Winners Announced, Includes Two Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase II Release 1 award winners, including Composite Technology Development, Inc., of Lafayette, Colorado and Treadstone Technologies, Inc., of Princeton, New Jersey.

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Funding Opportunities

FCTO Announces Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Clean Energy Supply Chain & Manufacturing Competitiveness Analysis for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies

FCTO intends to issue a FOA entitled "Clean Energy Supply Chain and Manufacturing Competitiveness Analysis for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies." Significant challenges must be overcome to scale-up the production of today's hydrogen and fuel cell components and systems, which are currently built using laboratory-scale fabrication technologies, to commercially viable products at high-volume. FCTO's Manufacturing R&D Program aims to improve processes and reduce the cost of manufacturing components and systems for hydrogen production and delivery, hydrogen storage, and fuel cells for multiple applications. EERE plans to issue the FOA in May 2014. The FOA will be available for viewing at the EERE Exchange website. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange.

Notice of Intent Extended for Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator FOA

FCTO intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator: Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies." The FCTO Incubator Program is intended to identify potentially impactful technologies that are not already addressed in FCTO's strategic plan or project portfolio. EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about May 7, 2014. The FOA will be available for viewing at the EERE Exchange website. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange.

Updates and future funding opportunity announcements will be posted on FCTO's financial opportunities website.

Webinars and Workshops

April 17 Webinar: Fuel Cells at NASCAR

On April 17, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office presented a webinar on fuel cell use at NASCAR Green. Presented by NASCAR and Acumentrics, this webinar focused on the use of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generators for use in powering broadcast cameras for NASCAR. Recently, Acumentrics Corporation completed a field test program with NASCAR to replace small portable gasoline generators with SOFC units operational on commercial propane. These generators demonstrated considerable fuel savings and emission reductions compared to the standard solution while providing reduced noise and vibration and allowing remote dispatch. With these attributes, these units have proven to be a viable power alternative for broadcasting needs for a host of different applications. The attributes of this latest generation power solution compared to the internal combustion engine will be detailed as well as the lessons learned and potential paths forward. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

May 27 Webinar: NREL’s Fuel Cell Contaminant Database

On May 27 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a webinar on NREL’s online data tool for fuel cell system-derived contaminants. NREL has led a multi-year project studying the effect of system-derived contaminants on the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The team screened approximately 60 commercially available balance of plant (BOP) materials using multiple screening methods to identify and quantify system-derived contaminants. In order to make the results of this work more accessible and useful to the fuel cell community, NREL has designed an interactive material screening database. The webinar will provide an overview of data obtained during the project and a tutorial on how to use the Web-based data tool to access project results. Register to attend this webinar.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

CSD Independent Panel Review Report

At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory commissioned an independent review of hydrogen compression, storage, and dispensing (CSD) for pipeline delivery of hydrogen and forecourt hydrogen production. The panel was asked to address the (1) cost calculation methodology, (2) current cost/technical status, (3) feasibility of achieving the FCTO's 2020 CSD levelized cost targets, and to (4) suggest research areas that will help the FCTO reach its targets. As the panel neared the completion of these tasks, it was also asked to evaluate CSD costs for the delivery of hydrogen by high-pressure tube trailer. Read Hydrogen Station Compression, Storage, and Dispensing Technical Status and Costs to learn about these findings.

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

Jeffrey Long Wins 2014 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship AwardImage of Jeffrey Long.

The ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry has announced Jeffrey Long, University of California, Berkeley, as the winner of the second Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award. Dr. Long was nominated by his peers for his creativity, impactful research and record of accomplishments in the field of inorganic chemistry. He will be presented with an award at a symposium in his honor at the fall ACS National Meeting, August 10–14, 2014 in San Francisco, California.