The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $1 million for up to two projects for 3–4 years to evaluate the most promising technology paths toward achieving $2 to $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) of hydrogen fuel or less by 2020.
The projects selected through this funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0000748) will help identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources and natural gas. These projects will also analyze production and delivery technologies to identify key technical challenges and priorities and continue to evaluate technical progress and hydrogen cost status.
This effort will include annual analyses of key technology challenges using the Energy Department’s Hydrogen Analysis models (H2A) in addition to other industry tools. This work will help determine cost and performance improvements resulting from technology advancements, illustrate cost estimate ranges, and identify areas for further cost reductions.
The analyses will focus on a range of methods for producing hydrogen fuel. Production pathways that may be considered under the direction of the Fuel CEll Technologies (FCT) Program include, but are not limited to: reforming of biomass-derived renewable liquids for distributed production of hydrogen; distributed, semi-central and central water electrolysis; solar high-temperature water splitting; photoelectrochemical water splitting; and biological processes using micro-organisms for photolytic, fermentation, and microbial electrolysis for large-scale central hydrogen production.
An initial cost model validation by the recipient may be required. The validation will be done by defining a baseline cost based largely on data from a current industry accepted hydrogen production pathway which will be selected and approved by DOE’s P&D Team.
|Cost status and targets for hydrogen production. Click to enlarge.|