The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued a request for information (RFI) to obtain feedback and input from stakeholders on strategies and potential pathways for cost reduction and performance improvements of composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV) systems for compressed hydrogen storage for onboard vehicle applications.

The high cost of COPVs is a barrier to the widespread commercial deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles. DOE requests information on technology strategies and pathways to reduce the cost of COPV components and on technology strategies to improve system performance. The purpose of this RFI is to identify future strategic research and development pathways for the Fuel Cell Technologies Office to pursue with potential to meet future system cost targets.

For details, see the RFI announcement DE-FOA-0001596 or email questions about the RFI to with "question" in the subject line. RFI responses must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 30, 2016. This RFI is not a funding opportunity announcement; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications for funding regarding this topic at this time.