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September 19, 2002

DOE Solicits Proposals for up to $70 Million in Fuel Cell Research

DOE announced a solicitation on September 19th for the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of fuel cell technologies. DOE intends to enter into about 15 cooperative agreements-each lasting up to five years-with teams of industry, utility, and university partners as well as end users. DOE plans to award about $7 million in fiscal year 2003, which starts October 1st, and may award as much as $70 million over the lifetime of the agreements.

The solicitation seeks RD&D activities for stationary fuel cell systems and seeks an economic analysis of using polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in various stationary applications. In addition, the solicitation seeks RD&D activities that address barriers to both stationary and automotive fuel cells, including improved materials for high-temperature membranes, more durable fuel cell components, new approaches for managing the water and heat produced within fuel cell stacks, and advances that reduce the cost and increase the availability of catalysts, such as platinum recycling and non-precious metal catalyst development. DOE will also consider fuel cell demonstrations that have strategic value in terms of energy and environmental benefits.

The solicitation marks the first step in implementing an integrated procurement strategy for the newly formed Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, and Infrastructure Technologies Program within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Taking advantage of obvious synergies between stationary fuel cells and fuel cells for transportation, the solicitation addresses technical challenges that present barriers for both applications. See the DOE press release.