Welcome to the Fuel Cell Technologies Office newsletter. The newsletter is issued monthly to our Fuel Cell News subscribers and includes a recap of the previous month’s news and events, as well as a preview of upcoming activities. Newsletter archives can be found on the website. In this issue: In the News; Funding Opportunities and Requests for Information; Webinars and Workshops; Studies, Reports, and Publications; and National Laboratory and Principal Investigator Achievements.
In the News: PDAS Friedman Unveils Hydrogen Refueling Dispenser at La Cañada Flintridge Station: Marking the end of construction at the hydrogen station in La Cañada Flintridge, California, a small group of stakeholders and fuel cell electric vehicle drivers joined David Friedman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Sunita Satyapal, Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, to unveil the FirstElement Fuel’s TrueZero dispenser on November 18. Friedman pointed out that much of the technology in this and other hydrogen stations was developed in conjunction with DOE and national labs support.
Shane Stephens and Tim Brown, the founders of FirstElement Fuels, were introduced to hydrogen and fuel cells through projects at the University of California, Irvine that were funded in part by the DOE. Stephens told Friedman that this early exposure led to them starting a company that employs more than a dozen people and has created scores of design and construction jobs. He added that “it’s a fine example of how EERE’s R&D funding extends beyond cost reduction and technology improvements.” Representatives from the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and La Cañada Flintridge city officials also attended the event.
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Funding Opportunities and Requests for Information: DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research, Development, and Demonstration FOA EERE intends to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstration.” The FOA will offer up to $35 million, subject to appropriations, for hydrogen production, delivery, and storage research and development; demonstration and deployment of infrastructure components; consortia topics for fuel cell performance and durability and advanced hydrogen storage materials research; and cost and performance analysis for hydrogen production, storage, and fuel cells. EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about December 10, 2015.
SBIR/STTR FY16 Phase I Release 2 Topics Announced—Includes Hydrogen Delivery and Two Technology Transfer Opportunities: The Energy Department has announced the 2016 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 Topics, including magnetocaloric materials development for hydrogen delivery and two technology transfer opportunities (TTO). The first TTO is focused on durable, high activity electrocatalysts with low platinum content and low cost for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications. The second TTO is focused on safety sensors for hydrogen infrastructure applications. DOE plans to issue the Funding Opportunity Announcement on November 30, 2015.
Updates and future RFI and funding opportunity announcements will be posted on the FCTO’s financial opportunities website.
Webinars and Workshops: Upcoming Webinar December 1: Northeast States’ Hydrogen Future FCTO will present a live webinar titled “Northeast States’ Hydrogen Future” on Tuesday, December 1, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The webinar will focus on state efforts to support the regional development of hydrogen infrastructure for the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the Northeast United States. The presentation will identify strategies, methods, and policies being employed in the Northeast states, from Maine to Maryland, to coordinate stakeholders, manage information, reduce potential barriers, and create new market opportunities for logical deployment of high efficiency FCEVs. Register to attend this webinar.