The Energy Department today announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).  This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development advancements in demonstration and deployments of early fuel cell markets.

A number of automakers are showing interest in putting FCEVs on the road, some as early as 2017. As FCEVs become increasingly commercially available, the Energy Department is focused on reducing the costs and increasing technical advancements of critical hydrogen infrastructure including production, delivery, and storage.  The Department also aims to continue demonstrating the value of early market deployments such as plug-in fuel cell vehicles. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will include two general areas of interest each with several subtopics:

  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Research and Development (R&D)
    • Hydrogen Production R&D
    • Fuel Cell Technologies R&D
    • Hydrogen Delivery R&D
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D
  • Demonstration and Deployments to Enable Early Adoption of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies.
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Validation: Mobile Refueling
    • Market Transformation: Demonstration and Deployment of Plug-In Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Light- Duty Vehicle
    • Crosscutting: America's Climate Communities of Excellence

More information, application requirements, and instructions can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website

The Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about the Energy Department's broader efforts to develop affordable, efficient fuel cell and hydrogen technologies on EERE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells page.