The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $100 million to fund 25 hydrogen research and development projects. DOE will negotiate these 25 cost-shared projects for an approximate total of $127 million ($100 million DOE cost; $27 million applicant cost) over four years (Fiscal Years 2007 – 2010).
These projects seek to overcome cost and durability barriers associated with hydrogen fuel-cell research and will specifically focus on fuel-cell membranes, water transport within the stack, advanced cathode catalysts and supports, cell hardware, innovative fuel-cell concepts, and effects of impurities on fuel-cell performance and durability.
Awards also include stationary fuel cell demonstration projects to help foster international and intergovernmental partnerships.
The President’s 2007 budget requests $289 million for the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (HFI)—an increase of $53 million over FY 2006—to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cells and affordable hydrogen-powered cars. DOE claims that as a result of investment in the HFI over the last four years, the cost of a hydrogen fuel cell has been cut by more than 50%.
The goal of the HFI is to make fuel-cell vehicles practical and cost-effective for large numbers of consumers by 2020. HFI primarily involves increasing research and development of hydrogen technologies including hydrogen production from diverse domestic sources; hydrogen storage; and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
Selected organizations are as follows, ranked by the amount of the DOE award in descending order:
|3M||St. Paul, MN||membranes||$8.9M|
|3M||St. Paul, MN||catalysts||$8.4M|
|Los Alamos National Laboratory||Los Alamos, NM||catalysts||$6.8M|
|UTC Power||South Windsor, CT||catalysts||$6.4M|
|Arkema||King of Prussia, PA||membranes||$6.3M|
|Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||Berkeley, CA||membranes||$6.0M|
|Los Alamos National Laboratory||Los Alamos, NM||water transport||$5.5M|
|Argonne National Laboratory||Argonne, IL||catalysts||$5.4M|
|Nuvera Fuel Cells||Cambridge, MA||water transport||$5.0M|
|CFD Research Corporation||Huntsville, AL||water transport||$4.7M|
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||Richland, WA||catalysts||$4.6M|
|Oak Ridge National Laboratory||Oak Ridge, TN||bipolar plates||$4.5M|
|Plug Power||Latham, NY||demonstration||$4.0M|
|Los Alamos National Laboratory||Los Alamos, NM||impurities||$3.6M|
|Plug Power||Latham, NY||demonstration||$3.6M|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||water transport||$2.7M|
|GrafTech International Ltd.||Parma, OH||bipolar plates||$2.3M|
|Intelligent Energy Inc.||Long Beach, CA||demonstration||$2.2M|
|UTC Power||South Windsor, CT||seals||$2.0M|
|Clemson University||Clemson, SC||impurities||$2.0M|
|University of Connecticut - Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center||Storrs, CT||impurities||$1.9M|
|Plug Power||Latham, NY||innovative stack design||$1.0M|
|Argonne National Laboratory||Argonne, IL||innovative stack design||$1.0M|
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||Richland, WA||innovative balance of plant||$1.0M|
|Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland, OH||innovative stack design||$0.8M|