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DOE issues FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 1 FOA; includes fuel cell catalysts and hydrogen delivery

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), including two subtopics focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

DOE had released the original relevant topics in July. (Earlier post.) The current document is revision 7, with modifications made in each of the subsequent versions.

The fuel cell subtopic includes novel, durable supports for low-platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The hydrogen delivery subtopic focuses on metal hydride materials for compression. Specific topics are:

  • Novel, Durable Supports for Low- PGM Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells: This subtopic seeks approaches that address support performance and chemical and structural stability by development of novel carbon-based or non-carbon support compositions and/or structures.

    The focus of this subtopic is novel catalyst support research with the potential to improve catalyst performance and durability, especially under transient operating conditions, while decreasing cost. DOE is specifically seeking research and development on novel supports for low-PGM catalysts.

  • Metal Hydride Materials for Compression: This subtopic seeks approaches to develop a technique that will enable high throughput discovery of metal hydrides for high-pressure hydrogen compression. This includes both high throughput combinatorial synthesis and high throughput characterization.

    High throughput characterization techniques should be capable of predicting or evaluating materials’ pressure-composition-temperature curves, and support the development of predictive models.

Responding letters of intent are due 6 September 2016 and the application is due 17 October 2016.

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