The US Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0000855) seeking input from stakeholders on proposed cost targets for fuel cells designed for automotive applications. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from developers, manufacturers, end users, and other stakeholders on proposed cost and durability targets for automotive fuel cell systems.
The proposed targets are $40/kW in 2020 and $30/kW for the ultimate target (2030) for automotive fuel cell system cost, and 5000 hrs or 150,000 miles for durability. This RFI is not and will not lead directly to a Funding Opportunity Announcement, DOE said.
DOE is in the process of updating the fuel cell technologies Multi-Year Research, Development and Demonstration Plan (MYRDDP) and determining technology requirements for widespread commercialization of fuel cells.
As part of this effort, DOE is seeking general comments on its cost and durability targets for fuel cells for automotive applications. The targets are intended to meet end user expectations, and are not driven by the operating parameters or constraints of specific technologies.
The proposed targets included in this RFI were developed with input from the IS DRIVE Partnership (a public-private partnership includes automotive and energy companies), specifically the Fuel Cell Technical Team. DOE is requesting further stakeholder general comments are requested to refine the targets.
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Comments to the RFI should address one or more of the following:
Appropriateness of target values
Comparison of targets to baseline and competing technologies (both gasoline internal combustion engine and hybrid or other advanced systems)
Status of fuel cell technologies in comparison to targets
Recommendations for testing conditions and protocols
Assumptions used for targets and status (e.g., platinum loading and platinum price)
Comments must be provided by no later than 11:59 PM EDT on 1 April 2013.