DOE Seeks Input on Technical and Cost Targets for Portable Power from Fuel Cells
June 07, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on proposed technical and cost targets for fuel cells designed for portable power applications. The intent of the request is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and the research community to submit feedback on objectives for the technology. This RFI will not lead directly to a funding opportunity, so DOE is not accepting applications for projects on this subject at this time.
Fuel cell systems with higher energy density, power density, and specific power than existing technologies for applications less than 250 watts are one of several focus areas within DOE's fuel cell research, development, and demonstration activities. Industry observers anticipate that portable power applications, such as battery chargers, consumer electronics, handheld devices, security devices, notebook PCs, and emergency response mobile communications systems will provide an early market for fuel cell technologies. A high energy density alternative to existing technologies is required to fill the increasing gap between energy demand and energy supply for these applications.
DOE is currently working to identify appropriate technical and cost targets for fuel cells for portable power applications. These targets are driven by consumer expectations for the various applications rather than by the operating parameters or constraints of specific technologies. Targets are generally set with industry and market input and help drive the R&D required for improvements in materials, designs, and systems. The proposed targets included in this RFI were developed in a preliminary round of stakeholder input. Further stakeholder input, including input from manufacturers, is requested to refine these targets.
Comments must be provided by no later than 11:59 PM EDT on June 30, 2010.
For more information, view the full solicitation.
The DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Program seeks to advance the development and deployment of fuel cells for power generation in a variety of stationary, portable, and transportation applications. In support of this goal, DOE funds a broad range of fuel cell research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities. For more information on how DOE works to develop fuel cell technologies, please visit the Fuel Cell Technology Program Web site.