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

In the News

First Commercially Available Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Hit the Street

The Energy Department recently posted a blog about the availability of fuel cell electric vehicles in the United States. Offering completely zero emissions, these passenger vehicles have the driving range, ease of refueling, and performance of today's gasoline vehicle. Read First Commercially Available Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Hit the Street to learn more about DOE's work in the rapidly growing fuel cell and hydrogen industry.

EERE Announces up to $2 Million for Clean Energy Supply Chain and Manufacturing Competitiveness Analysis for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

The Energy Department has selected three projects to receive up to $2 million in new funding for analysis of the hydrogen and fuel cells domestic supply chain and manufacturing competitiveness. Funded in part by the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this funding opportunity supports the Department's broader effort to boost U.S. competitiveness in the manufacturing sector. The projects selected will support activities that facilitate the development and expansion of the domestic supply chain of components and systems necessary for the manufacturing and scale-up of hydrogen and fuel cell systems in the United States. Selected companies are from Ohio and Virginia.

Fuel Cells Market Exceeds $1.3 Billion in Worldwide Sales

The market for fuel cells is growing, exceeding $1.3 billion in worldwide sales during 2013, according to a recently released report from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO). The 2014 "Business Case for Fuel Cells" report, written and compiled by Jennifer Gangi and Sandra Curtin of Breakthrough Technologies Institute and the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, with support from FCTO, provides an overview of fuel cell installations at businesses and municipal buildings or facilities run by non-profit organizations or institutions. These include wastewater treatment plants, government buildings, universities, military bases, hospitals, and other sites.

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Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar January 13: Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems

On Tuesday, January 13, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar titled "Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems." This webinar will focus on DOE's investments in micro- and meso-channel reactors and heat exchangers, which has led to the development of a highly compact reaction system that efficiently converts concentrated solar energy into chemical energy. Recent on-sun tests at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated 69% solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency, converting methane and water into syngas—a mix of hydrogen and carbon monoxide—and the technology received an R&D 100 Award in 2014. As the solar energy is stored in chemical bonds in the syngas product, the effective result is a 20% increase in the fuel energy without an increase in carbon content. This webinar will describe the evolving status of the technology with a focus on near-term, anticipated applications, which include fuel cells, combustion gas turbines, and the production of various chemical products. Register for this webinar.

December 2 Webinar: Materials Genome Initiative

On December 2, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office presented a live webinar entitled "Materials Genome Initiative." DOE supports the use of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) tools and methodologies to accelerate the discovery and development of materials in the clean energy technologies space. The approach centers on coordinating research efforts in theory, synthesis, characterization, and information-management, and uses the latest combinatorial and high-throughput techniques in both computation and experimentation. This webinar described current directions in the evolution of the clean energy MGI and showcased several exciting DOE projects, mainly in the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, that have been early adopters of MGI methods. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2014

The State of the States report, published annually by Breakthrough Technologies Institute and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office, provides a snapshot of fuel cell and hydrogen activity in the 50 states and District of Columbia. This update report provides more details on the progress and activities that happened since the fourth report, issued in October 2013, and includes in-depth profiles of policies, initiatives, and installations in states that have contributed to the fuel cell industry in their state, the country, and the world. The "State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2014" report shows California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina are leading the way when it comes to deploying fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have also made tremendous strides in advancing fuel cell technologies.

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

LBNL Researcher Named 2014 Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences

Adam Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was selected as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences for 2014, and was invited to attend the 2014 U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium held in November 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California. Jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation, the Kavli Frontiers of Science bring together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collective, as well as one-on-one, discussions among participants. These are highly interdisciplinary symposia emphasizing communication of a wide range of contemporary science topics across the traditional disciplines.

Drew Higgins, Ph.D. Student, Awarded 2014 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Research Award

Drew Higgins, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has been awarded the Grand Prize for the 2014 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Researcher Award for Fuel Cell Research. The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize exceptional student research relating to fuel cell technologies. Much of Drew's research is being conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory.