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The October 2016 issue of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) newsletter includes stories in these categories:

In the News

DOE Celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Thousands of scientists and engineers across the country celebrated the week of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day with activities and announcements across the country. Aptly chosen for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was celebrated for the first time on October 8, 2015, and this year we kept the momentum going. Activities at the Energy Department included blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, and a range of other social media activities like a Facebook Live tour of a fuel cell electric vehicle with Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office and a hydrogen fueling tutorial at the newly opened Hydrogen Demonstration Station in Washington, D.C., with more than 210,000 views. The week continued with multiple ride-and-drives, tours of the Hydrogen Demonstration Station, and numerous media announcements and press releases. Culminating with a briefing at the National Press Club, the weeklong celebration included a number of events internal to DOE, including this photo of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office staff in custom National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell t-shirts. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association also tracked activities throughout the industry.

On the Verge of a Hydrogen Tipping Point?

In honor of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the Energy Department posted a blog discussing the progress that has been made in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies over the past year. Read On the Verge of a Hydrogen Tipping Point? to learn about how fuel cell electric vehicles, which run on hydrogen rather than gasoline, are one piece of the Energy Department’s energy portfolio and complement other sustainable transportation options.

AMO and FCTO to Partner on Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Activities

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and Fuel Cell Technologies Office celebrated—in honor of back-to-back National Manufacturing Day (October 7) and National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day (October 8)—the lightest and most abundant element in the universe. FCTO plans to add $1 million for hydrogen and fuel cell topics related to the AMO-supported multi-lab consortium on roll-to-roll manufacturing capabilities.

3 Questions with a ‘Founding Father’ of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Byron McCormick

In honor of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, we sat down with Byron McCormick, one of the “founding fathers” of hydrogen and fuel cells, to talk about his experiences during his more than 50-year career. Byron began his career in 1974 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he first explored the possibility of using fuel cells in vehicles. Read more on the EERE blog.

New 'Energy Talks' Series Introduces Students to Clean Energy Technologies

The first in a series of "Energy Talks" kicked off at the Energy Department on October 11 with 100 ninth-graders from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, listening to talks on everything from fuel cell technologies to building efficiency to future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

H2 Refuel Competition Makes Progress

With fuel cell cars hitting the roads now, the need for places to fuel them is becoming a critical challenge. That‘s why, in addition to supporting hydrogen station technology R&D, the Energy Department launched the H2 Refuel H-Prize in October 2014. This competition challenges American innovators to develop small-scale hydrogen generation and refueling systems. These systems could support the growing retail infrastructure by providing ways to fuel hydrogen vehicles at people’s homes, community centers, or businesses. Read H2 Refuel Competition Makes Progress to get more information about the H-Prize competition as well as details about the November 9 open house that will provide an opportunity for the public to see and experience the finalist team’s small-scale hydrogen refueling in action.

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Funding Opportunities and Requests for Information

DOE Announces $30 Million Investment in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells as Industry Continues Unprecedented Growth Rates

In commemoration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the Energy Department (DOE) released a new report showing continued momentum and growth in the fuel cell industry. The 2015 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report shows that hydrogen and fuel cells continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, with more than 60,000 fuel cells, totaling roughly 300 megawatts (MW), shipped worldwide in 2015. The number of MW shipped grew by more than 65% compared to 2014. 2015 also saw the world’s first fuel cell vehicles for sale. To further expand on this emerging market, DOE announced a notice of intent to invest $30 million, subject to appropriations, to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. These projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under DOE’s Energy Materials Network this past year, and will support the President’s Materials Genome Initiative and advanced manufacturing priorities.

Energy Department Launches $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

The Energy Department announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium. This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.

New Opportunities for Small Businesses to Partner with National Labs

Small businesses in the clean-energy sector have another opportunity to submit Requests for Assistance for technical assistance from U.S. Department of Energy labs through the Small Business Vouchers Pilot. The pilot, part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Lab Impact portfolio, aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by giving them access to expertise and tools at national labs.

Updates and future RFI and funding opportunity announcements will be posted on FCTO's financial opportunities website.

Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar November 7: Energy Materials Network (EMN) Lab Consortia Overview

The FCTO will present a webinar entitled "Energy Materials Network (EMN) Lab Consortia Overview" on Monday, November 7, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This webinar will provide an overview of the DOE's newly launched Energy Materials Network, a network of consortia of national laboratories that will facilitate closer collaborations in the materials development cycle and enable U.S. manufacturers to deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market. In FY17, FCTO is investing over $30 million in EMN consortia that will enhance the accessibility of the national laboratories' unique capabilities, including tools and expertise, in hydrogen production, fuel cells, and storage materials research. This webinar will discuss how the EMN consortia operate and how they are being integrated into funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) intended for FY17. It will be followed by more detailed webinars wherein specific capabilities and expertise available in each of the three FCTO consortia will be presented. Register to attend this webinar.

Upcoming Webinar November 8: ElectroCat and HyMARC Consortia Overview

The FCTO will present a webinar entitled "ElectroCat and HyMARC Consortia Overview" on Tuesday, November 8, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This webinar will provide an overview of FCTO's Electrocatalysis (ElectroCat) and Hydrogen Materials—Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) lab consortia. The presentation includes a summary of the organization of these consortia, their current/planned scientific activities and capabilities, and the role of individual projects selected to work with these consortia through the upcoming FY17 FOA. Register to attend this webinar.

Upcoming Webinar November 10: HydroGEN Consortium Overview, Part 1 of 3: Photoelectrochemical (PEC) Water Splitting

The FCTO will present a webinar entitled "HydroGEN Consortium Overview, Part 1 of 3: Photoelectrochemical (PEC) Water Splitting" on Thursday, November 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This is the first of three webinars that will describe the capabilities in each of the water splitting pathways being covered by FCTO's HydroGEN consortium. This webinar will focus on capabilities relevant to photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The webinar will include a brief summary of the organization of HydroGEN and then a presentation of the key nodes available for PEC research, including synthesis, characterization, computational modeling, scale-up, and system integration tools. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the nodes following the presentation. Register to attend this webinar.

Upcoming Webinar November 15: HydroGEN Consortium Overview, Part 2 of 3: Electrolysis

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) will present a webinar entitled "HydroGEN Consortium Overview, Part 2 of 3: Electrolysis" on Tuesday, November 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This is the second of three webinars that will describe the capabilities in each of the water splitting pathways being covered by FCTO's HydroGEN consortium. This webinar will focus on capabilities relevant to low- and high-temperature advanced electrolysis. The webinar will include a brief summary of the organization of HydroGEN and then a presentation of the key nodes available for electrolysis research, including synthesis, characterization, computational modeling, scale-up, and system integration tools. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the nodes following the presentation. Register to attend this webinar.

Upcoming Webinar November 17: HydroGEN Consortium Overview, Part 3 of 3: Solar Thermochemical (STCH) Hydrogen Production

The FCTO will present a webinar entitled "HydroGEN Consortium Overview, Part 3 of 3: Solar Thermochemical (STCH) Hydrogen Production" on Thursday, November 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). This is the third of three webinars that will describe the capabilities in each of the water splitting pathways being covered by FCTO's HydroGEN consortium. This webinar will focus on capabilities relevant to solar thermochemical (STCH) water splitting. The webinar will include a brief summary of the organization of HydroGEN and then a presentation of the key nodes available for STCH research, including synthesis, characterization, computational modeling, scale-up, and system integration tools. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the nodes following the presentation. Register to attend this webinar.

Webinar October 13: Past, Present, and Future Challenges in Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office presented a webinar entitled "Past, Present, and Future Challenges in Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cells" on Thursday, October 13. This webinar provided a chronological overview of progress that has been made in the design of platinum-based electrocatalysts that are currently used in low-temperature fuel cells. Particular emphasis was placed on the necessity to resolve current limitations at the molecular scale, which can ultimately lead toward design of electrocatalysts with advanced properties. See slides and a recording of this webinar.

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Studies, Reports, and Publications

2016 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report Posted

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has posted the 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report. Each year at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, 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 2016 AMR, which was held June 6–10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The 2017 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting will be held June 5–9 in Washington, D.C.

2016 Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop Report Posted

FCTO posted the final report from the Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop held April 1, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. Sponsored by the FCTO and hosted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the workshop brought together experts to share information and identify the current status and research and development needs for alkaline membrane fuel cell technology. See the report and presentations from the workshop.

2016 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium

DOE held a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supply Chain Development Session as part of the 2016 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium on September 27, 2016, in North Canton, Ohio. This session supported a new competitively selected DOE project accompanying four regional centers across the nation to accelerate the need for a stronger hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain. The objective was to enable a robust, high-quality, and low-cost domestic supply chain for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry across multiple applications. See the presentations.

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

HyStEP Honored with FLC Far West 2016 Outstanding Partnership Award

As a partner in developing Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance (HyStEP), a device to accelerate the validation of hydrogen fueling stations for fuel cell vehicles, Sandia received the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Far West Region Award for Outstanding Partnership. Sandia shared the award with HyStEP partners National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Air Liquide, Boyd Hydrogen, California Air Resources Board, and Toyota.

LBNL Researcher Wins Early Career Award from Electrochemical Society

Ahmet Kusoglu of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has won the Supramaniam Srinivasan Early Career Award from the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society. The Energy Technology Division Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award was established in 2011 to recognize and reward an outstanding young researcher in the field of energy technology. Such early recognition of highly qualified scientists is intended to encourage especially promising researchers to remain active in the field.