Fuel Cell Technologies Office Newsletter: September 2015

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

In the News

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Join us on Thursday, October 8, in celebrating the first National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day! In 2013, auto manufacturers started announcing fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) commercialization plans. Over the past few months, Hyundai and Toyota both introduced their FCEVs, right on track with the plans for commercialization by 2015. Several other companies also plan to release FCEVs very soon including Honda, GM, Daimler, BMW, and others. Join us in celebrating all of the hard work and dedication it took to get us here. Congratulations!

ORNL Hosts First EERE-Sponsored Industry Day Event

On September 23 and 24, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted an inaugural Industry Day event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), to foster relationships and encourage dialog among researchers, industry representatives, and DOE representatives. This two-day event was designed to introduce new energy-efficient innovations in buildings, transportation, and advanced manufacturing and to facilitate public-private partnerships and collaborations that will enable these technologies to enter the market.

Leveraging National Laboratory Capabilities in Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Systems

On October 12 and 13, DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office will host several events at the Electrochemical Energy Summit 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, to foster increased collaboration between the national laboratories and industry. In addition to an October 12 plenary presentation by Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr, the 12:45–1:45 p.m. seminar will demystify the process of working with the national labs, discussing the mechanisms in place to put labs to work on industry problems. A poster session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will highlight the national labs' unique capabilities and opportunities in fuel cells and electrochemical systems to leverage existing skills and technologies. In addition, the exposition hall will feature a DOE Lab Tech-to-Market "Collaboration Corner" in booth space #401 to allow for networking and follow-up throughout the conference. Visit this space to talk with DOE or national lab contacts and get more information.

H2 Refuel H-Prize Guideline Update

Updates to the H2 Refuel H-Prize guidelines are now available on the H-Prize website. The $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize, launched in October 2014, challenges America's engineers and entrepreneurs to develop systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling. To learn more about the changes, check out the guideline update summary.

President Obama Announces LPO Support for Distributed Energy Projects, New Guidance Includes Fuel Cells

In August at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, President Obama announced that the Loan Programs Office (LPO) has issued guidance for potential applicants on the distributed energy projects it can support. The guidance describes the supplements to existing Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects and Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitations. President Obama's announcement sends a clear signal that the Energy Department can support distributed energy projects, including fuel cells. To read more about LPO's supplements to loan guarantee solicitations for distributed energy projects, visit LPO's distributed energy projects page.

National Manufacturing Day October 2

All over the country, manufacturing companies and other organizations are preparing to host an anticipated 400,000 people who want to experience U.S. manufacturing up close and in person. On October 2, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s fourth annual Manufacturing Day will increase public awareness about what and where manufacturing is, provide some with a pathway toward a new career, and demonstrate manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. To learn more about Manufacturing Day and how to get involved, visit the Manufacturing Day events web page.

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Funding Opportunities and Requests for Information

Small Business Voucher Program Accepting Applications

As part of EERE's National Laboratory Impact Initiative, the Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) program aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at DOE's national labs. The $20 million pilot will match clean energy small businesses with experts from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as other participating DOE labs. More than 100 small businesses selected through the pilot's merit review process will receive $50,000 to $300,000 vouchers to exchange for national lab technical assistance or initiate collaborative research projects. The assistance will focus on a specific technical challenge identified by the small business. The deadline for submission is October 23 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Webinars and Workshops

Upcoming Webinar October 13: H2FIRST Reference Station Design Report

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar on Tuesday, October 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. EDT about the Reference Station Design Report from the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) Reference Station Design 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. In the first phase of this task, delivered gas or liquid hydrogen station configurations were analyzed and evaluated in terms of cost of hydrogen and capital cost. Best-performing stations were matched to near-term market needs, and for each matching station the team produced piping and instrumentation diagrams, corresponding component-level bills of materials with individual costs, and spatial layouts considering codified setback distances at both existing gasoline stations and greenfield sites. These reference designs will help reduce the cost and speed the deployment of hydrogen stations by providing a common baseline with which to start a design. The designs enable quick assessment of the suitability of a particular site for a hydrogen station, and they drive interchangeability of parts and manufacturing scale by employing uniformly sized components. This presentation will discuss the process and findings of the work, recommended future research and development topics, and outline planned next steps for the Reference Station Design Task. Register for the webinar.

Webinar September 22: H2 Refuel H-Prize Updates and Q&A

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office presented a live webinar titled "H2 Refuel H-Prize Updates and Q&A" on Tuesday, September 22. The webinar offered more information about recent updates and new information about the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, including the recent update to the H2 Refuel Guidelines, additional information for competitors, and the registration process. H2 Refuel is the 2014–2016 H-Prize competition challenging America's innovators to develop an on-site hydrogen generation system, using electricity or natural gas, to fuel hydrogen vehicles, that can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites, or similar locations. The best entry, which meets all the requirements and scores the highest on the technical and cost criteria, will win $1 million. Slides of this webinar are available and the video recording will be posted soon.

Visit our website to see webinar archives or workshop presentations.

Studies, Reports, and Publications

Early Market Hydrogen Cost Target Calculation—2015 Update

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Record 15012, Early Market Hydrogen Cost Target Calculation—2015 Update, documents the methodology and assumptions used to calculate the early market hydrogen cost target of $7/gge, untaxed and dispensed at the pump. This target is the cost at which hydrogen fuel for fuel cell electric vehicles is projected to be competitive on a cost per mile basis with gasoline fuel for competing vehicles (gasoline internal combustion engine vehicles) in the early market timeframe of 2015 to approximately 2020. The early market hydrogen cost target is a pathway-independent target to guide R&D for production and delivery technologies for hydrogen fuel.

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

President of Poland awards LANL Researcher National Professorship in Chemistry

Piotr Zelenay of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was recently presented with the honorary title of Professor in Chemistry by Poland President Bronislaw Komorowski during a June 23 ceremony in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

LBNL to Host Live Twitter Chat on October 8

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will host a live Twitter chat with fuel cell scientist Adam Weber on October 8 at 2 p.m. EDT.