Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: October 2015

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The October 2015 issue of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) newsletter includes stories in these categories:

Celebrating the First National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Logo for National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

The first ever National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day had hundreds of events, press releases, and social media activities across the nation with an estimated reach of more than a quarter million. Examples ranged from congressional ride-and-drives and industry and trade association events to DOE's announcement of more than $20 million in new competitively selected projects. In addition to public education about hydrogen and fuel cells, thousands of people are now aware of that the atomic mass of the simplest and most abundant element in the universe is 1.008!

Energy Department Invests more than $20 Million to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies as New Report Shows Unprecedented Growth in Industry

The Energy Department announced a new report that shows the fuel cell industry is continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate, totaling more than $2.2 billion in sales in 2014. In order to further expand on this emerging market, the Department also announced the investment of more than $20 million in 10 projects to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications such as light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). These projects will accelerate American innovation in clean energy technologies by supporting research and development advancements that will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut harmful carbon emissions.

Stacked for Success: Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

The Energy Department recently posted a blog about celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8, a date that coincides with the atomic weight of hydrogen, which is 1.008. With a hydrogen future on the horizon, there’s reason to celebrate. Read Stacked for Success: Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to learn more about how the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is researching and developing the technologies needed to make FCEVs a viable transportation option for the American public.

National H2 Day Reception
National H2 Day Reception
Government Announcements

National Lab Announcements

In the News

Take a Test Drive in the World's First Commercial Fuel Cell SUV

The Energy Department recently posted a blog about an exciting and unique visitor: the world's first commercially available, zero emissions fuel cell electric SUV. The first-of-its-kind vehicle was brought to Washington, D.C., by Hyundai executives from South Korea who were in the United States as part of South Korean President Park Guen-hye's delegation visiting President Obama. They brought with them two Hyundai Tucson FCEVs, which are now being sold in Europe and Korea, and leased in California to everyday consumers. See Take a Test Drive in the World's First Commercial Fuel Cell SUV to read more and watch Assistant Secretary Dave Danielson test drive the Hyundai Tucson FCEV.

HTAC Releases Annual Report

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) recently published its 2014 Annual Report. HTAC publishes annual reports to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on DOE's hydrogen research, development, and demonstration efforts. In addition, the annual report highlights worldwide advances and challenges with regard to hydrogen and fuel cell commercialization, policy, regulations, standardization, financial climate, and research and development.

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Funding Opportunities and Requests for Information

DOE Issues Request for Information on Advanced Thermal Insulation and Composite Material Compatibility

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has issued a request for information (RFI) to obtain feedback and opinions from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on advanced thermal insulation for sub-ambient temperature alternative fuel storage systems. This RFI requests information regarding how to maintain vacuum stability of systems, use of advanced composites within the systems, and accelerated test methods to determine performance and applicability of materials and systems for long-term cold and cryogenic based alternative fuel storage systems for onboard vehicle applications.

Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar November 19: Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis

FCTO will present a live webinar titled “Potential Strategies for Integrating Solar Hydrogen Production and Concentrating Solar Power: A Systems Analysis” on Thursday, November 19, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). An analysis conducted by Sandia National Laboratories explored potential synergies that may be realized by integrating solar hydrogen production and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. Three scenarios were considered, representing the integration of CSP and hydrogen production via (1) polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis, (2) high-temperature electrolysis, and (3) high-temperature thermochemical reaction cycles. This webinar will present the results of this analysis, including a discussion of the conditions that may favor the integration of hydrogen production and CSP. Register to attend this webinar.

Upcoming Webinar December 1: Northeast States’ Hydrogen Future

FCTO will present a live webinar titled "Northeast States’ Hydrogen Future" on Tuesday, December 1, from 12:00 to 1:00 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 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.

Webinar October 13: H2FIRST Reference Station Design Report

FCTO presented a live webinar about the Reference Station Design Report from Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) Task. The goal of the H2FIRST Reference Station Design Task is to accelerate acceptance of near-term hydrogen infrastructure build-out by exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various station designs. The presentation discussed the process and findings of the work, recommended future research and development topics, and outlined planned next steps for the Reference Station Design Task. Slides and a recording of this webinar are available.

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Studies, Reports, and Publications

2015 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report Posted

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has posted the 2015 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report. Each year at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR), projects funded by DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program are reviewed for their merit. The report summarizes the comments of expert peer reviewers at the 2015 AMR, which was held June 8–12, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia.

2014 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report Released

The hydrogen and fuel cell market continues to grow rapidly. According to the Energy Department’s 2014 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, announced recently, the industry grew by almost $1 billion in 2014, reaching $2.2 billion in sales—up from $1.3 billion in 2013. In addition, more than 50,000 fuel cells were shipped worldwide in 2014.

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.