April 2018
 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines

FCHEA to Host 2018 National Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forum in Washington, DC
FCHEA is hosting the 2018 National Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Forum, a full-day forum and exposition, on  Tuesday, June 12 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
The event, which will be held the day before the Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review, will bring together key federal and state policymakers, including the Department of Energy and White House, as well as the broader environmental, transportation, and energy communities to raise awareness of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

Visit our website for more information, and to sign up for our mailing list for registration and agenda updates.

Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell Vehicle Begins Sales in South Korea
On March 27, FCHEA member Hyundai began sales of its new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), NEXO, in South Korea. This follows a pre-order period from March 19-26, which Hyundai says surpassed expectations with 1,061 NEXOs ordered.

As part of the first day of sales, Hyundai held ceremonies in the cities of Ulsan and Gwangju, and delivered several of the FCVs to their local governments.
Hyundai's NEXO FCV. Source: Hyundai Motor Company

To help promote sales of NEXO, Hyundai announced a 10-year, 160,000 km (about 99,500 miles) warranty for fuel cell components in the new FCVs sold in South Korea.

NEXO's price in South Korea is 68.9 million won ($64,766) for the Modern trim, and 72.7 million won ($67,868) for the Premium trim. However, both the South Korean national government and regional governments are offering subsidies that can bring NEXO's price to as low as 33.9 million won ($31,866) for the Modern trim and 37.2 million won ($34,968) for the Premium trim. NEXO's pricing in overseas markets will be announced later this year, closer to their launches in Europe and the United States.

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai.

New Amazon Fulfillment Centers with Fuel Cell Forklifts Draw VIP Visitors
On March 23, Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Rick Snyder of Michigan toured new Amazon fulfillment centers in their states, both of which utilize hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts from FCHEA member Plug Power.

Last April, Amazon announced a major agreement with Plug Power to deploy its GenKey fuel cell units technology at warehouses around the country. The two new fulfillment centers that opened in late 2017 in Maryland and Michigan use fuel cell forklifts to access products from towering storage bins.  
Fuel cell forklifts on display at Amazon's 1.15 million square foot fulfillment center in Cecil County, Maryland.
Source: Baltimore Business Journal

For more information on the Amazon fulfillment center in Cecil County, Maryland, click  here for the full article from the  Baltimore Business Journal.

For more information on the fulfillment center in Livonia, Michigan, click  here for the full article from  Crain's Business Detroit.

FuelCell Energy to Sell 2.8 MW Power Plant Project to NRG Yield
On April 9, FCHEA member FuelCell Energy announced an agreement to sell a 2.8 megawatt fuel cell power plant project located at the Tulare Waste Water Treatment Facility in California to NRG Yield, Inc.

The project company, under the new ownership of NRG Yield, will deliver electricity and heat to the City of Tulare under a multi-year power purchase agreement (PPA). FuelCell Energy will operate and maintain the power plant under a twenty-year service agreement with the project company. 

Click  here for the full press release from FuelCell Energy.

Proton Opens First East Coast Retail Hydrogen Station
On April 4, Proton OnSite, a subsidiary of FCHEA member Nel ASA, announced the opening of their retail hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell vehicles (FCV). The station is located outside Proton's headquarters at 10 Technology Drive, Wallingford, Connecticut, making this the first retail hydrogen fueling facility in the United States outside of California.

According to Proton, the station's renewable hydrogen fuel is produced on-site using a PV array on the roof of their facility. 
Proton OnSite's retail hydrogen facility, pictured with a Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle. Source: Proton OnSite

Proton's station complies with J2601 standards for hydrogen fueling, and the company has received a retail fuel dealer’s certificate from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Financial support for the station was provided by Toyota Motors North America, along with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

To further support the deployment of FCVs in the state, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection offers a $5,000 “CHEAPR” program rebate for commercial FCVs purchased or leased in Connecticut. In addition to Proton's station, a network of 12 hydrogen fueling facilities is being developed by Toyota and Air Liquide from the New York City to Boston metropolitan areas. 

For more information on Proton's hydrogen station, please contact  Steve Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Proton OnSite. 

Doosan Launches Fuel Cell System for Connecticut Town's Water Sanitation
On March 29, FCHEA member Doosan Fuel Cell America held a ribbon cutting ceremony for three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) in Waterbury, Connecticut.

A number of politicians attended the ceremony as special guests, including United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut State Representatives Tom Delnicki and John Piscopo, Waterbury Chief of Staff Joe Geary, Alderman George Noujaim, and WPCA General Manager Denis Cuevas. According to Doosan, the fuel cell system will save the City of Waterbury more than $150,000 per year in energy costs while at the same time reducing its carbon footprint for the next 20 years.
Senator Blumenthal (bottom left) addresses the attendees of the WPCA Doosan fuel cell system opening, and participates in the ribbon cutting along with local and state politicians.
Source: David Giordano, Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc. 

Click  here for the full LinkedIn post on the WPCA fuel cell opening from David Giordano, Government Affairs and Business Development Director for Doosan Fuel Cell America.

2018 Honda Clarity FCV Now Available in California
On April 4, FCHEA member Honda announced that the 2018 model of its Clarity fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is now available for lease at select dealerships in California.

The Clarity has a driving range of 366 miles per tank of hydrogen, and is eligible for   California Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, which allow single occupant HOV access.
The 2018 Honda Clarity FCV, now available in California. Source: Honda

The 2018 Clarity FCV is lease priced at $369 per month for 36 months, with $2,868 due at signing. California customers are eligible for a $5,000 rebate through the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. The lease terms also include a mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of access to a luxury vehicle from Avis while in California, and 24/7 roadside assistance.

The 2018 Clarity is available at a network of 12 Honda dealerships in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento. Honda has stated plans to continue investing in its FCV dealer network as the network of public hydrogen fueling stations expands.

For more information, click  here for the full press release from Honda.

Anglo American Acquires Share in Dutch HyET Hydrogen
On April 16, FCHEA member Anglo American Platinum announced a strategic partnership with Netherlands-based High-Yield Energy Technologies (HyET) Hydrogen, alongside Shell Technology Ventures.

Under the strategic partnership, Anglo American has acquired minority shareholder status in HyET Hydrogen. Anglo American says they are interested in the breakthrough electrochemical hydrogen compression and purification technology that HyET has developed. According to both parties, this technology may lead to an acceleration in the transition to a hydrogen based energy economy.

Click  here for the full press release from Anglo American.

Nel Announces $5.5 Million Purchase Order from Nikola
On April 3, Nel ASA announced an additional $5.5 million purchase order from Utah-based Nikola Motors, to help construct hydrogen fueling stations for Nikola's fuel cell heavy duty trucks in the United States.

The purchase order follows Nikola and Nel's exclusive partnership announcement in November of last year. The partnership aims at potentially developing 14 large-scale, low-cost, renewable hydrogen production and fueling demo sites. However, Nikola and Nel are now evaluating if this should be doubled to 28 stations.

According to Nel, with this new purchase order, the total value for the demo stations is now approximately $9 million, with delivery in the second half of 2018 and into 2019.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.

California's 33rd Hydrogen Station Opens in Thousand Oaks
On March 30, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) announced that the state's 33rd hydrogen fueling station is now open for business in Thousand Oaks. The True Zero station will be open 24 hours a day for fuel cell vehicles, and is located at 3102 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
The new Thousand Oaks hydrogen station. Source: California Fuel Cell Partnership

Click  here for the full press release from the CaFCP.

Air Liquide Opens Hydrogen Stations in Germany and France
This month, FCHEA member Air Liquide officially inaugurated hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in Wolfsburg, Germany, and Les Loges-en-Josas, France.

The Wolfsburg station is the first to open in Lower Saxony, and is Germany's 43rd retail hydrogen facility. Its construction was supported by Germany's Clean Energy Partnership, and with €900,000 (~$1.11 million) in funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The station opening was attended by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Minister of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitization of the State of Lower Saxony, and Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
Industry and public sector representatives attend the official opening of Air Liquide's hydrogen station in Wolfsburg. Source: Air Liquide

The Les Loges-en-Josas hydrogen station is Air Liquide's third in the Greater Paris Area, and sixth in France. The station was designed and installed with support from the European Union Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and 3EMotion programs.

According to Air Liquide, in addition to FCVs, this station will fuel two hydrogen-powered buses, scheduled for roll out in 2019, running between the cities of Vélizy and Versailles. Air Liquide also continues to support the growth of the Paris hydrogen taxi fleet “Hype” with the new station by making it available to the fleet’s vehicles as well.
A Hyundai Tucson FCV fueling at Air Liquide's new hydrogen station in Les Loges-en-Josas. Source: Air Liquide

Click  here for the full press release on the Wolfsburg station from the H2 Mobility partnership.

Click  here for the full press release on the Les Loges-en-Josas station from Air Liquide.

Toyota Launches Production Model of Next-Generation Fuel Cell Bus
On March 28, Toyota announced that sales of its new Sora fuel cell bus began earlier this month in Japan. Toyota expects to introduce over 100 of the buses, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 
Digital rendering of Toyota's Sora fuel cell bus. Source: Toyota

The Sora is powered by two 111 kW fuel cell stacks, fueled by ten 600 liter hydrogen tanks, and has a 235 kilowatt-hour external power supply system that can be used as an emergency power source following disasters. The bus seats a total of 78 passengers, and has several "first in Japan" safety and technical features, such as an automatic storage mechanism for seats that are not in use.

Click  here for the full press release from Toyota.

PDC Machines Announces First Commercial Deployment in Japan of Simplefuel Station for Hydrogen-Powered Forklift
On March 28, FCHEA member PDC Machines' Simplefuel hydrogen refueling appliance had its first commercial deployment in Japan. The Simplefuel system - winner of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2017 H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition - will use solar or grid electricity to produce and deliver hydrogen to power a Toyota Industries fuel-cell forklift truck at the Kesen Precut Cooperative, a tree and timber production co-op in Iwate Prefecture.
Representatives from PDC Machines and its SimpleFuel development partners, plus Japanese industry and public sector, take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Simplefuel deployed at
Kesen Precut Cooperative. Source: PDC Machines

Click  here for the full press release from PDC Machines.

Hyon Joint Venture to Develop Emissions-Free Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ship in Norway
On April 16, the Scandinavian Hyon joint venture announced that it has been commissioned by the Tröndelag county council in Norway to develop a zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell-powered ship. Hyon was formed last year by Swedish fuel cell manufacturer PowerCell, along with FCHEA members Nel ASA and Hexagon Composites, which are both based in Norway.

As today's fossil-fueled powered ships generate high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the Hyon joint venture believes there is great potential for fuel cells in the marine industry as an emissions-free alternative power source.

Click  here for the full press release from PowerCell.

Linde Sponsors 2018 Shell-Eco Marathon Americas in California
For the eighth year in a row, FCHEA member The Linde Group sponsored the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, which took place from April 19-22. The marathon has student teams from around the world design and build energy-efficient vehicles, and compete to see which can travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel.

This year's Shell Eco-marathon Americas was held in Sonoma, California, where fuel cell vehicles are commercially available and supported by a growing network of retail hydrogen stations. Linde supported the marathon by supplying fuel, technical know-how, and support to all 13 high school and college teams registered to race in the fuel cell category.

In addition, Linde sponsored the award for the winning hydrogen fuel cell team, and provided a virtual reality experience that lets visitors “walk” through a hydrogen production plant to see how hydrogen is produced from natural gas.

Click  here for the full press release from the Linde Group.

Plug Power Deploys New Hybrid Fueling Station with Onsite Hydrogen Generation Capabilities, Launches New Fuel Cell System for Class-2 Forklifts
On March 28, Plug Power announced the first deployment of its new GenFuel hybrid hydrogen fueling station in Apple Valley, California. In addition to using liquid hydrogen delivered to the facility, the new hybrid GenFuel station can generate hydrogen on-site using a natural gas-fed reformer.

According to Plug Power, the hybrid GenFuel station will result in lower hydrogen fuel costs, reduced capital expense, and the flexibility to easily respond to demand peaks. In addition, the on-site hydrogen generation capability provides operational continuity throughout logistical emergencies in which fuel delivery may be interrupted.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.

In addition, on April 3 Plug Power announced the launch of its new GenDrive 2440-36R fuel cell system for Class-2 electric forklifts.

According to Plug Power, by storing more fuel on-board compared to previous models, the new GenDrive system increases a Class-2 forklift's run-time by 56 percent and reduces a customer’s overall fueling time by more than 30 percent.

Plug Power claims that forklifts using the GenDrive 2440-36R will only need to refuel twice per day in a three-shift facility, eliminating an entire fueling cycle from its current GenDrive system. For a typical customer with more than 90 Class 2 vehicles, this would translate to projected productivity savings in excess of $400K over five years.

The first customer orders for the new GenDrive units are scheduled to ship at the beginning of the third quarter of 2018.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.

Nel Launches New Hydrogen Station with Increased Fueling Capacity, Achieves Industry-First UL Certification
On April 20, Nel ASA announced the launch of their new H2Station product with an increased fueling capacity of up to 100 cars, or 50 buses, per day per dispenser. 

The new H2Station builds off the previous generation of hydrogen fueling facilities introduced by Nel in 2015. According to Nel, the increased fueling capacity is possible due to a new hydrogen compression technology developed by the company.

The new H2Station model can fuel light and heavy duty vehicles, and is available for purchase in Europe and the United States.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.

In addition, on April 11 Nel Hydrogen announced that its H2Station product series has successfully achieved the world’s first UL system certification of a hydrogen fuel dispensing system station.

According to Nel, the certification recognizes a new industry benchmark for safety and legal compliance for hydrogen fueling stations, and enables a faster and more streamlined installation and permitting process in the United States.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.

Toyota Mobility Foundation Awards 10 Grants for Hydrogen Research Initiative
On March 30, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) announced the selection of ten researchers to receive grants from its research program to support innovative hydrogen energy solutions. The Hydrogen Research Initiative started in July 2017 to support innovative research that will reduce the output of carbon dioxide and/or the cost of hydrogen and hydrogen systems.

The grant recipients are researchers from several Japanese universities and institutes, and will work on research projects in hydrogen generation, hydrogen storage and transport, hydrogen applications, and energy systems. According to TMF, all research proposals were requested to yield practical results between 2025 and 2030.

Click  here for the full press release from Toyota.

Industry Partners Publish Study on Carbon-Free Hydrogen in France's Energy Transition
On April 4, FCHEA members Air Liquide, Hyundai, and Toyota - along with ten other hydrogen energy industry partners - unveiled a study that highlights the role of carbon-free hydrogen in meeting France’s carbon emissions targets.

The study, which was conducted by McKinsey, found that by 2050, hydrogen could account for 20% of France’s energy demand, power 18% of vehicles, and cut carbon emissions by 55 million metric tons. This amounts to almost a third of the emissions reduction target required under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Logos of all the French hydrogen industry partners involved in the study: Air Liquide, Alstom, EDF, Engie, Hyundai, Faurecia, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, SNCF, Total, Toyota, Afhypac and the CEA. Source: Air Liquide

According to the study, by 2050 the hydrogen industry is expected to generate €40 billion (~$49 billion) of annual revenue and create more than 150,000 jobs. The study recommends an estimated €8 billion (~$9.8 billion) initial investment in equipment, infrastructure, and R&D by 2028 to reduce the production costs involved in hydrogen technologies.

Click  here for the full press release from Air Liquide.

British Government Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment for Fuel Cell Vehicle and Hydrogen Infrastructure Deployment
On March 26, the United Kingdom's Department for Transport announced the selection of a project to further deploy fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and hydrogen infrastructure throughout the country. The winning project is run by a consortium of companies managed by the Element Energy consulting firm, and includes FCHEA members Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota, along with Shell and ITM Power.
The project will receive a £8.8 million (~$12.3 million) grant from the Department of Transport, matched by a further £13.1 million (~$18.4 million) investment from the consortium companies and other sources.
With this funding, new hydrogen stations will be planned for construction in Southwark, Islesworth, Birmingham, and Derby, along with upgrading five existing stations to accommodate more FCVs. The project will also see several emergency services such as the London Metropolitan Police, and taxi services such as Green Tomato Cars and Europcar, procure additional FCVs for their fleets.
Click  here for the full press release from the United Kingdom Department for Transport.
Upcoming Events

2018 National Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forum
FCHEA is hosting the 2018 National Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Forum , a full-day forum and exposition, on   Tuesday, June 12  at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
The event, which will be held the day before the Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review, will bring together key federal and state policymakers, including the Department of Energy and White House, as well as the broader environmental, transportation, and energy communities to raise awareness of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

Visit our website for more information, and to sign up for our mailing list for registration and agenda updates.

Roundtable Discussion: Bringing Zero-Emission Infrastructure Technology Manufacturing to California 
Friday, May 4, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PT
Seaview Ballroom,  Hyatt Regency Long Beach, California

The California Energy Commission and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory invite you to join them as they explore opportunities for the state to bring zero-emission infrastructure technology manufacturing to California.

California’s target of five million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road by 2030 compels a need to assess infrastructure supply chains that will support these vehicles. But what does the supply chain for ZEV infrastructure and components look like? How does the state "future proof" this infrastructure supply chain while harnessing economic growth and real jobs in California? 

Join experts from electric vehicle OEMs, EVSE suppliers, utilities, public agencies, workforce development organizations and more for this roundtable discussion to explore market readiness, accelerate ZEV infrastructure growth, and generate ideas to deploy and align funding incentives.

Click  here to register for this event. Registration is complimentary. Seating is limited – Sign up early to secure a spot.

TechConnect World Innovation Conference with Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Symposium
May 13 - 16, Anaheim, California 

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event which gathers 4,000+ attendees and is uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. The Technical Program spotlights applications focused innovations, materials and devices emerging from industrial, government and academic laboratories worldwide. As part of the Technical Program, the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Symposium will highlight innovations in materials and devices which will enable development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells with the ultimate goals of decreasing our dependence on oil, reducing carbon emissions, and enabling clean, reliable power generation.

The Innovation Partnering Program gathers market-ready, commercially-viable, innovations into the largest global technology accelerator program. The TechConnect World Innovation event encompasses the 2018 SBIR/STTR National Conference, and Nanotech2018 - the world's largest nanotechnology event. 

Join the brightest and most productive innovators, funding agencies, national and federal labs, international research organizations, universities, tech transfer offices and investment and corporate partners in Anaheim, CA. 
Additional Links

The Guardian | 26 March 2018

H2 Mobility | 26 March 2018

Automotive World (UK) | 27 March 2018

U.S. Department of Energy | 28 March 2018

Energy Observer Hydrogen Powered Ship Official Blog | 28 March 2018

Air Quality News | 29 March 2018

Clean Technica | 29 March 2018

Energy Post | 30 March 2018

Albany Times Union | 3 April 2018

Thousand Oaks Acorn | 5 April 2018

Greentech Media | 6 April 2018

Motoroids | 9 April 2018

Yale Climate Connections | 11 April 2018

The Trucker | 12 April 2018

Australian Broadcasting Corporation | 12 April 2018

Journal Inquirer | 13 April 2018

Autosport | 16 April 2018

The Globe and Mail | 16 April 2018

New Haven Register | 16 April 2018

Creamer Media's Mining Weekly | 18 April 2018

The New York Times | 18 April 2018
Requests for Papers, Proposals, & Information
Connecticut DEEP Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Development Program for New Haven Area Hydrogen Refueling Station
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), are accepting proposals for a "Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Development" (H2Fuels Grant) Program to promote the use of fuel cell vehicles.
The H2Fuels Grant Program will award up to $840,000 to a qualified vendor to establish, operate and maintain a retail hydrogen fueling station in the New Haven, Connecticut area.
All communications on the H2Fuels Grant program should be in writing and submitted to Paul Farrell Attn: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Air Bureau, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 or by e-mail to .
Proposals are due by April 30, 2018.
The Request for Proposals link is available  here . The Public Notice Grant Opportunity is available  here .

Commerce Department Seeks Members for U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council
The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking applications for private sector participation in the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council, which was established in 2016 by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Energy and the Mexican Ministries of Economy and Energy. The objective of the Council is to bring together representatives of the respective energy industries of the United States and Mexico to discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly ways to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between energy industries in the two countries, and communicating actionable, non-binding recommendations to the U.S. and Mexican Governments.

The deadline to submit completed applications is April 30, 2018.  To learn more about this recruitment notice, requirements to submit an application, as well as other pertinent details, contact Sandra Collazo

Department of Energy Announces $39 Million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. As one component of DOE’s portfolio, hydrogen and fuel cells can enable affordable and reliable energy that enhances economic growth and energy security. The work supported through this investment will address key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for hydrogen fuel production, delivery, and storage related to hydrogen infrastructure.

Anticipated R&D topics include:
  • Topic 1: ElectroCat
  • Platinum group metal-free oxygen reduction electrocatalyst and electrode R&D enabling cost-competitive polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, as part of DOE’s Energy Materials Network.
  • Topic 2: H2@Scale
  • 2a) Integrated Energy Production and Hydrogen Fueling R&D—innovative component and integration R&D enabling cost competitive stations.
  • 2b) Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D—R&D to enable manufacturing techniques to reduce electrolyzer capital costs.
  • 2c) Breakthrough Infrastructure R&D—materials and component R&D to reduce cost and station footprint.
  • Topic 3: Innovative Concepts
  • 3a) Innovative Fuel Cell Membrane R&D—non-polyfluorosulfonic acid and high-temperature membrane types to address critical barriers and increase performance and durability while meeting cost targets.
  • 3b) Innovative Reversible and Liquid Fuel Cell Component R&D—innovative concepts for reversible fuel cells or direct liquid fuel cells.

Concept papers are due May 7, 2018, and full applications will be due June 12, 2018. More information, application requirements, and instructions can be found on the  EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website . Search for DE-FOA-0001874 for the FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Department of Energy Seeks Feedback on the Use of Challenges and Prize Competitions to Address Critical Water Issues
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking feedback on key barriers that may prevent long-term access to low-cost water supplies that could be best addressed through challenges and prize competitions. Challenges and prize competitions rely on competitive structures to drive innovation among a broad set of participants and usually offer financial and/or other rewards to winners and finalists.

This Request for Information (RFI) was first released in conjunction with a   roundtable discussionled by Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the use of federal prizes and challenges to drive innovation, particularly when it comes to critical water issues. DOE may use the information provided through this RFI to develop challenges and prize competitions to address these key water issues.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to  no later than 5 p.m. EDT on May 14, 2018. Search for DE-FOA-0001899 on the   EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange site for information about the Critical Water Issues Prize Competition RFI.

Global Syngas Technologies Conference Call for Abstracts  
The Global Syngas Technologies Council (GSTC, www. is issuing a call for presentations for the 2018 Global Syngas Technologies Conference (October 28-30, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA). GSTC is particularly interested in the following subjects:

  • Global syngas market
  • Syngas generation
  • Syngas to hydrogen
  • CO separation from syngas
  • Syngas to methanol, DME and ethylene glycol
  • Syngas to liquids
  • Syngas to power
  • Biomass and waste to energy projects
  • Syngas to ammonia, fertilizers, and chemicals
  • Global syngas project updates
  • Syngas analysis
  • Advances in syngas technologies

Abstracts are due by May 15, 2018. To submit an abstract, click  here.

South Coast AQMD Carl Moyer Program Open Solicitation
Financial Incentives Now Available for Purchasing Zero and Low Emission Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Engines and Equipment

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD or SCAQMD) recently announced the availability of funds for the 2018 Carl Moyer Program and is currently accepting applications for eligible projects under  Program Announcement #PA2018-06.  At least $25 million is available for this solicitation.  
The application deadline is at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. All applications must be received either electronically through the SCAQMD’s CMP Online Application Program or on paper with submission to the SCAQMD Headquarters no later than the application deadline. For additional information, click  here.
Please note the  workshop schedule for the 2018 Carl Moyer Program Workshops. Attendance at these workshops is not mandatory, but highly recommended due to the latest updates to the Carl Moyer Program.
SCAQMD strongly encourages applicants to apply for this solicitation through the SCAQMD CMP Online Application Program (rather than by paper submittal). To apply online, click  here.
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