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DOE 2015 SBIR/STTR Phase 2 Release 1 awards include 3 hydrogen projects

The US Department of Energy announced 94 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase 2 Release 1 Awards, including three Office of Science projects focusing on hydrogen production from electrolysis and hydrogen systems supporting fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The 94 projects will receive about $96 million in total funding.

DOE’s key hydrogen objectives are to reduce the cost of producing and delivering hydrogen to less than $4 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) to enable fuel cell vehicles to be competitive with gasoline vehicles. Key fuel cell objectives are to reduce fuel cell system cost to $40/kW and improve durability to 5,000 hours (equivalent to 150,000 miles of driving) for automotive fuel cell systems by 2020.

Projects, each selected to receive about $1 million (subject to negotiation) include:

  • Tetramer Technologies, LLC of Pendleton, South Carolina, will improve PEM electrolyzer ion exchange membranes to develop a lower cost, higher performance method of commercially generating on-site hydrogen by electrolyzing water.

  • GVD Corp. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will develop improved plastic and elastomer seals coatings to enable reliable performance of hydrogen systems supporting FCEVs.

  • Giner, Inc. of Newton, Massachusetts, will address the high capital and operating costs of electrolysis by working to commercialize advanced water electrolysis catalysts that are more active and require a significantly less amount of precious metal than those used in conventional PEM electrolyzers.



DOE may be one to two years too late. Those goals have already been reached?

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