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DOE Awards $7 Million for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Storage Research

August 9, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $7 million for independent cost analyses that will support research and development efforts for fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems. Over the next five years, four projects will generate cost estimates for manufacturing equipment, labor, energy, raw materials, and various components.

This research will help identify ways to drive down production costs of transportation fuel cell systems, stationary fuel cell systems, and hydrogen storage systems. It will also help DOE focus future research and development funding on the fuel cell components and manufacturing processes that can deliver the greatest gains in efficiency.

The four projects will analyze a range of system sizes, manufacturing volumes, and applications, including transportation, backup power, and material-handling equipment such as forklifts.

Directed Technologies, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia, will conduct two analyses, one on transportation fuel cell systems and the other on hydrogen storage systems. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, is a sub-tier partner to Directed Technologies, Inc. on the two awards.

DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, will develop total cost models for low- and high-temperature stationary fuel cell systems up to 250 kilowatts (kW).

Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, will assess stationary fuel cell applications up to 25 kW, including forklifts, backup power units, primary power, and combined heat and power systems, as well as analyzing large-scale fuel cell applications ranging from 100 to 250 kW, such as auxiliary power, primary power, and large-scale combined heat and power systems.

Refer to the DOE press release for more information.

—Julia Thomas