The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0000907) for home hydrogen refueler system status and future needs. These systems would be designed to produce hydrogen applicable to residential settings for vehicle fueling, using feedstocks with an existing residential delivery infrastructure.
DOE is seeking to understand the current status of home hydrogen refueler systems and future needs relevant to a possible H-Prize (earlier post) topic consistent with the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007 to incentivize innovative advances in the field of hydrogen energy technologies. The potential prize award would be $1 million.
Systems of interest would provide supplemental hydrogen for vehicle fueling at single- or multi-family dwellings. These systems would be installed in residential locations using feedstocks commonly delivered to most residences (e.g., electricity and natural gas). The system physical size and safety requirement must be appropriate for a residential setting. Information regarding individual components of the systems are of interest, but responses regarding complete systems (including the hydrogen generation technology and the components required for refueling, including compression and filling equipment) are of particular interest. Technologies in all stages of development are of interest.
The H-Prize was established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and authorized the Secretary of Energy to competitively award prizes for advances in hydrogen energy technologies. The purpose of the H-Prize is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by offering prizes to motivate and reward outstanding scientific and engineering advancements. The H-Prize is currently administered by the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) for the Department of Energy.