Department of Energy Seeks Proposals for Two New Opportunities in Hydrogen Generation and Fuel Technology Research

Mar 8, 2019

The Department of Energy recently announced two new funding opportunity announcements (FOA). The first FOA is for up to $31 million to advance the H2@Scale concept. H2@Scale is aimed at enabling affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the U.S. across multiple sectors. Topics under this FOA include:

  • Advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D (up to $9M) including novel materials or hydrogen carriers for transporting and storing hydrogen, and materials for hydrogen infrastructure components.
  • Innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization (up to $12M) including advanced water splitting materials, affordable domestic hydrogen production technologies, co-production of hydrogen for additional sources of revenue, and reversible fuel cell technologies.
  • H2@Scale Pilot - integrated production, storage, and fueling systems (up to $10M) including innovative approaches that successfully integrate and optimize the complete system encompassing hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use.

Concept papers are due April 8, full applications are due May 22. 
For further information, including application requirements and instructions, click here: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaId600decec-1f68-4c10-bda1-9ed3aadb0735
The second FOA is a $51.5 million opportunity for technology research for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them. These fuels include natural gas, biopower, and hydrogen; heavy-duty freight electrification; hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell technologies for heavy-duty applications; and energy efficient off-road vehicles.
Topics for this FOA include:

  • Gaseous Fuels Research and Technology Integration for Medium- and Heavy-duty Vehicles (up to $16.5 million) – This topic includes multiple sub-topics, including novel materials for high density gas storage and transport, advanced waste to energy technologies, and technology integration that focus on lowering the cost of and overcoming technical barriers to the use of medium- and heavy-duty natural gas and hydrogen fueled vehicles.
  • Battery Electric Heavy-duty Freight Vehicles (up to $18 million) – Projects will  target specific technical barriers to advanced batteries, electric drive systems, and charging systems, and demonstrate solutions per requirements in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
  • High Throughput Hydrogen Fueling Technologies for Medium- and Heavy-duty Transportation (up to $6 million) – Projects will develop technologies for fast-fill hydrogen storage and fueling components.
  • High-durability, Low Platinum Group Metal Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) for Medium- and Heavy-duty Truck Applications (up to $6 million) – Projects will focus on innovative membrane, catalyst, and electrode structures to improve fuel cell durability for heavy-duty truck applications.
  • Energy Efficient Commercial Off-road Vehicles (up to $5 million) – Projects focused on improving the system-level efficiency of off-road vehicles, including technologies such as fluid power systems, high efficiency engines, hybridization, and connected and automated control concepts.

Concept papers for this FOA are due March 29, full applications are due May 15. 
For further information, including application requirements and instructions, click here: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/default.aspx#FoaId4940c6dc-dfe5-43ea-b5ac-f03bf0ea8c83