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DOE issues Request for Information on hydrogen infrastructure RD&D

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has issued a request for information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0001626) to obtain feedback from stakeholders regarding deployment of hydrogen fueling stations, delivery infrastructure, and barriers and activities to pursue in both the near and longer term.

Potential activities would complement existing FCTO activities that address the barriers hydrogen fueling stations face today, including renewable hydrogen fuel cost; station and equipment cost; station reliability and performance; codes and standards development; manufacturing needs; and outreach and training needs.

The hydrogen and fuel cells market in the United States is in the early, critical commercial phases for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), hydrogen fueling stations and delivery infrastructure, and renewable production technologies.

With independent data from more than 6 million miles of driving FCEVs and more than 163,000 kg of hydrogen dispensed, FCTO is obtaining important information to help identify key areas for further research and development and has identified specific challenges facing hydrogen infrastructure and fueling station components.

FCTO wants to address some of the these challenges facing hydrogen infrastructure research, development, and deployment in the near and longer-term, as listed below. The following list does not include all of the barriers, but it does include many identified by both FCTO and stakeholders during an Annual Merit Review Session. Barriers to be addressed through this RFI include:

  • Station and equipment cost
  • Station footprint
  • Station reliability and performance
  • Station availability
  • Lack of a domestic supply chain for equipment parts, and
  • Lack of real-world business cases for FCEVs and hydrogen stations.

The purpose of the RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the research, development, and demonstration topics listed below, as well as any critical barriers and activities not addressed in this RFI:

  1. Hydrogen fueling station system design and integration
  2. Hydrogen infrastructure component manufacturing
  3. Modular hydrogen station installation design guidelines
  4. Business case analysis for FCEV fleets
  5. Co-location of hydrogen production with combined heat and power generation systems
  6. Delivery of hydrogen from stranded renewables
  7. Other



Yeah...let's just finally put this one to rest. For the love of God, just stop.


After water (used in Hydro plants) H2 may be the second best clean energy storage medium for increasing REs and to level off clean e-energy production-consumption on current and future grid mix.

Secondly, fixed and mobile H2FCs would operate much cleaner than fossil fuel units.


I would have thought the answers were now patently obvious.... compressed hydrogen gas has no future for car use.


Honestly I will fill out the form supplied by the DOE and express an avenue no one seems willing to delve into. Why not use the High Energy Hydrogen in charged particles as the source of the Direct Energy Conversion(DEC) capabilities that Fusion Designers are using? In other words utilizing something called Helmholtz coils to convert Hydrogen in the 4th energy state directly to electricity? Stated in thesis's that the capability of this DEC can reach nearly 95% where FCEV are struggling to reach beyond the 45% efficient ratings.

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