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DOE to award nearly $48M to 16 projects to advance clean hydrogen technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $47.7 million in funding for 16 research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects across 13 states to advance clean hydrogen technologies. The selected projects aim to lower technology costs, enhance hydrogen infrastructure, and improve the performance of hydrogen fuel cells—supporting DOE’s efforts to reduce costs and enable commercial-scale deployment of clean hydrogen.

Together with the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs, tax incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, and ongoing RD&D in DOE’s Hydrogen Program, these investments are intended to help DOE realize its Hydrogen Shot goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram within a decade.

Managed by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), these projects will complement ongoing efforts to reduce the cost of producing clean hydrogen by focusing on several key areas in the clean hydrogen value chain, including hydrogen delivery and storage technologies, as well as affordable and durable fuel cells.

Fuel cell RD&D projects will focus particularly on applications for heavy-duty trucks to reduce CO2 emissions and eliminate tailpipe emissions that are harmful to local air quality.

Selectee Name Project Title Federal Share (approx.)
TOPIC 1: Hydrogen Carrier Development
Colorado School of Mines Scalable, Low-Cost Hydrogen Delivery Systems $900,000
Louisiana State University Enabling Formate-Based Hydrogen Storage and Generation via Multimetallic Alloy Catalysts $1 million
Rice University Plasmonic Photocatalysis for LOHC-Based Hydrogen on Demand $1 million
University of Southern California Chemical Hydrogen Storage Media with Value-Added Co-Products $1 million
University of Tennessee at Knoxville Highly Active Hexagonal Boron Nitride Catalysts for the Dehydrogenation of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers $1 million
Johns Hopkins University Efficient Ammonia Decomposition Using PGM-Free High-Entropy Alloy Catalysts $1 million
Washington State University Developing a New Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier Technology for Hydrogen Storage in the Sustainable Aviation Fuels-Lignin Jet Fuel $1 million
TOPIC 1 Total: $6.9 million
TOPIC 2: Onboard Storage Systems for Liquid Hydrogen
GE Research Composite LH2 Tank for Heavy Duty Trucks and H2 Aircraft $2.9 million
Raytheon Technologies Conformable, Composite Tank for Liquid Hydrogen Storage in Heavy-Duty Ground Transportation $3.8 million
Komatsu America High-Capacity Onboard Storage System for Off Road Mining and Construction Vehicles $5 million
TOPIC 2 Total: $11.7 million
TOPIC 3: Liquid Hydrogen Fueling/Transfer Components and Systems
GTI Energy Mobile Sub-Cooled Liquid Hydrogen Fueling Station $6 million
Colorado School of Mines Solid State Based Hydrogen Loss Recovery During LH2 Transfer $6 million
Linde Engineering North America High Rate LH2 Fueling for HD Rail $5.7 million
TOPIC 3 Total: $17.7 million
TOPIC 4: M2FCT: High Performing and Durable Membrane Electrode Assemblies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Applications
General Motors LLC Selective Transport Layers for PEM Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer MEAs $4 million
Raytheon Technologies High Performance Hydrocarbon Membrane Electrode Assembly $3.3 million
University of Hawaii at Manoa High Performing and Durable MEAs with Novel Electrode Structures and Hydrocarbon Proton Exchange Membranes $4 million
TOPIC 4 Total: $11.3 million

For all topic areas, DOE envisions cooperative agreements for financial assistance awards. The projects selected for award negotiations collectively include $10.7 million in cost share, raising the total public-private investment to $58.4 million.

Selection for award negotiations is not a commitment by DOE to issue an award or provide funding. Before funding is issued, DOE and the applicants will undergo a negotiation process, and DOE may cancel negotiations and rescind the selection for any reason during that time.


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