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DOE requesting information on critical energy materials, including fuel cell platinum group metal catalysts

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a Request for Information (RFI) on critical materials in the energy sector, including fuel cell platinum group metal catalysts. The RFI is soliciting feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the demand, supply, opportunities for developing substitutes, and potential for using materials more efficiently in the energy sector. The information received from the RFI will be used to update the analyses in DOE’s Critical Material Strategy Reports that were released in 2010 and 2011.

Building on the work of the 2010 and 2011 Critical Materials Strategy reports, the RFI seeks information on materials used in a variety of energy technologies, from generation to end use, and their manufacturing processes. Topics of interest include material intensity; market projections; technology transitions; primary production; supply chains; and recycling.

DOE is specifically interested in:

  • Rare earth elements (e.g., cerium, dysprosium, europium, gadolinium, lanthanum, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium, scandium, terbium, ytterbium, and yttrium)

  • Platinum group metals (e.g., iridium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium)

  • Antimony, bismuth, cadmium, cobalt, gallium, germanium, hafnium, helium, indium, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, rhenium, selenium, silicon, tantalum, tellurium, tungsten, vanadium, and zirconium

Examples of technologies and components of interest
Technologies Types Components
in all vehicle classes
Battery electric
Plug-in hybrid electric
Fuel cells
Permanent magnets
Catalytic converters
Lightweighting (platform, frame, engine cradle, etc.)
Grid storage Batteries
Stationary fuel cells & hydrogen electrolysis Solid oxide
solid acid
Phosphoric acid molten carbonate
Polymer electrolyte membrane
Solar photvoltaics Thin films
Concentrated solar power Trough system
Power tower system
Dish engine system
Molten salts
Wind turbines Direct drive Permanent magnets
Hydropower Permanent magnets
Nuclear Control rods
Cooling fluids
Control absorbers or neutron shielding materials
Fuel rod cladding
Fuel assembly grid plates
Natural gas generators Superalloys
Magnetic materials
Lighting LEDs
Fluorescents (CFLs, LFLs)
Other solid-state lighting


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