The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002446. The activities supported by this FOA are authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) Public Law 109-58 (Aug. 5, 2005), Title VIII - HYDROGEN, Sections 801 to 816. These provisions are found in the United States Code at 42 U.S.C. §§ 16151 to 16165. Title VIII authorizes the Secretary of Energy to conduct a program of research, development and demonstration on technologies relating to the production, purification, distribution, storage, and use of hydrogen energy, fuel cells, and related infrastructure.
Hydrogen and fuel cells represent a growing industry with potential to enable energy resiliency, energy security, emission reductions and economic growth. In recent years, the industry has delivered thousands of fuel cells across the U.S. for use in limited stationary and transportation applications; today, an expansion to heavy-duty applications is taking shape, with potential new hydrogen-use markets including trucks, marine vessels, rail, data centers, and the expanded industrial use of hydrogen in chemicals synthesis, metals refining, energy storage and grid integration.
This FOA supports research and development (R&D) to enable “H2@Scale” a DOE initiative to achieve large scale production, storage, transport, and utilization of hydrogen across multiple sectors.1 Supporting EERE’s core priorities of energy affordability, integration and storage, H2@Scale research, development and demonstration (RD&D) aims to advance the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in integrated energy systems across key applications that provide a value proposition as well as reduce emissions. However, a number of challenges remain including cost, performance, durability, manufacturing and scale-up issues, and developing integrated systems that demonstrate the unique technical, economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.
- Required Concept Paper: Jan. 15, 2021
- Full Application: Mar. 8, 2021