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DOE selects 3 hydrogen and fuel cell projects for transportation applications for SBIR/STTR awards
7 March 2013
The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the FY 2012 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 3 award winners, including three hydrogen and fuel cell projects.
|H2USA program on infrastructure|
|Automotive News this week reported that the US Department of Energy (DOE) is developing a new campaign, tentatively called H2USA, that will create a public-private partnership to overcome barriers to establishing a hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the US.|
|While confirming that there is such an effort under development, DOE said that a program has not yet been formally launched. Should it launch, the effort would likely not encompass demonstration efforts or R&D funding beyond what the DOE’s Office of Fuel Cell Technologies currently has in the works.|
|(The “H2USA” name was used before by DOE in a program that began in 2005 to develop hydrogen technology learning centers at universities within the State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) hydrogen project area.)|
Composite Technology Development, Inc. will optimize the cost and performance of composite cylinders for hydrogen storage using a graded construction. Current state-of-the-art hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell electric vehicles are cost prohibitive because of the necessary carbon fiber. This project will seek to reduce the cost of these vessels by 25% by using less expensive fibers in a graded construction of the vessel wall.
Nextgen Aeronautics, Inc. will incorporate low-cost nano-reinforcement into high-pressure all-composite tank designs to improve composite performance and lower costs. This project will develop fibers, resins, and/or additives that will result in composite reinforced gas cylinders for hydrogen storage that meet or exceed the performance specifications of today’s carbon fiber tanks but at a lower cost (at least 25% lower than the projected high volume cost of the carbon fiber layer for a 700 bar tank system).
Treadstone Technologies, Inc. will develop a novel, low-cost structured metal bipolar plate technology for low temperature PEM fuel cells for transportation applications. The bipolar plate will be used during the manufacturing process and will help meet EERE’s goal of reducing the cost of an 80 kW fuel cell system to $30/kW (equivalent to the cost of a gasoline internal combustion engine) for automotive fuel cell systems by 2017 (produced at high volume).
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