July 2019
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Industry Headlines
Cummins to Acquire Hydrogenics
On June 28, Cummins, a leading power and manufacturing company, announced that it would be acquiring the outstanding shares of FCHEA member Hydrogenics, at a total of approximately $290 million. Under the announced terms, Cummins will share ownership of Hydrogenics with The Hydrogen Company, a subsidary of FCHEA member Air Liquide, which owns approximately 19% of the shares.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019 and more details are expected at that time.

Click  here for the full press release from Business Wire.
Duke Energy to Provide 37 Megawatts of Bloom Energy Fuel Cells to US Customers
On July 1, FCHEA member Bloom Energy announced that Duke Energy had agreed to purchase approximately thirty seven megawatts of Bloom Energy Servers. The fuel cells will be provided to a variety of customers in the United States through Duke Energy One, a subsidiary of Duke Energy.

According to the two companies, the fuel cells will be installed over the next eighteen months at thirty sites in California, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York.

Click  here for the full press release from Bloom Energy.
Nel Announces Participation in Department of Energy Manufacturing Program
On June 25, FCHEA member Nel Hydrogen announced that its subsidiary, Proton Energy Systems, would participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D Program. The program aims to advance new fabrication methods for electrolyzer membrane electrode assembly.

Proton Energy Systems will work with researchers from the national laboratories and other industry actors to test the methods, which according to the company will allow for material reductions and increases in performance.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel Hydrogen.
Bloom Energy Announces Fuel Cells Capable of Running on Pure Hydrogen
On June 27, Bloom Energy announced that its Bloom Energy Server fuel cells are now capable of operating on pure hydrogen. Previously, Bloom's fuel cells used natural gas or biogas to produce electricity.

Bloom Energy detailed that existing fuel cells which run on natural gas can be readily upgraded in situ to make hydrogen consumption possible. Mixtures of the three gases will also be a possibility, whether for storage or usage.
This graphic details the always-on capabilities for renewable electricity, enabled by fuel cells. (Source: Business Wire)

Click  here for the full press release from Business Wire.
Doosan and Ceres Power Sign Collaboration Agreement on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
On July 15, FCHEA member Doosan signed an agreement with Ceres Power, a UK fuel cell company, to develop a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) design. The target for this collaboration will be deployment in South Korean commercial buildings.

Doosan will be adding the SOFC option to its existing fuel cell products by licensing Ceres' designs and increasing the scale to a commercial level. The initial plan focuses on 5-20 kilowatt systems, according to the companies.
Hyun Soo Dong, Doosan Vice-Chairman, and Phil Caldwell, Ceres Power CEO, sign the collaboration agreement. (Source: Ceres Power)

Click  here for the full press release from Ceres Power and Doosan.
U.S. Army Provides Grant for Hydrogen-Powered UAV Development
On July 18, the U.S. Army announced a grant to a team of researchers to demonstrate a liquid hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The grant totals $7.2 million and includes scientists at Washington State University, Mississippi State University, Insitu Inc., and Navmar Applied Sciences. According to the researchers, storing the hydrogen fuel as a liquid will enable a longer range than gaseous storage, because less space is required. Initial test flights are planned for this winter.
Members of the research team hold the UAV prototype aloft. (Source: Washington State)

Click  here for the full press release on the UAV project from Washington State University.
H2 Refuel Accelerator Grant Winners Selected
On June 17, seven companies were selected as winners of the H2 Refuel Accelerator, a program designed to identify innovative solutions to increase the adoption of hydrogen infrastructure and supply chains. This competition was sponsored by FCHEA member Toyota, Shell, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The contest winners were selected from 63 applications by the New York University (NYU) Tandon Urban Future Lab, Greentown Labs, and the Fraunhofer TechBridge Program.

Click  here for the full press release from NYU's Tandon Urban Future Lab.
International Headlines
FuelCell Energy Announces Carbon Capture Project in the U.K.
On June 27, FCHEA member FuelCell Energy announced that it would be partnering with the Drax Power Station in the United Kingdom to provide a carbon capture solution. The biomass-powered station will evaluate the use of FuelCell Energy's carbonate fuel cells to capture carbon dioxide from the boilers.

According to FuelCell Energy, the fuel cells will capture up to 85 tonnes of CO2 per day and generate additional power. That carbon dioxide will then be utilized in an adjacent greenhouse. The initial study period will be concluded in late 2019 with the results determining if other biomass power stations add similar solutions for carbon capture.

Click  here for the full press release from FuelCell Energy.
Air Liquide Announces Hydrogen Partnership with Steel Manufacturer
On July 19, FCHEA member Air Liquide announced that it would be providing a stable supply of hydrogen to German manufacturer thyssenkrupp Steel. This hydrogen will be used in a pilot project to partially replace coal in steel production at thyssenkrupp's steelworks in Duisburg, Germany.

According to thyssenkrupp, applying hydrogen instead of coal across the entire plant, which would be the second phase of the project, could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. Air Liquide will be sourcing the hydrogen for this project from existing production, according to the press release.

Click  here for the full press release from Air Liquide.
Plug Power Expands Presence in Europe with French Logistics Company
On July 11, FCHEA member Plug Power announced that it had reached an agreement to expand its existing contract with French logistics company FM Logistic. Plug Power will provide additional fuel cell-powered forklifts and a GenFuel hydrogen fueling station at FM Logistics facility in Neuville aux Bois, France.

According to Plug Power, this will be the company's first hydrogen fueling station to be deployed in Europe. FM Logistic first deployed Plug Power forklifts in 2015 in facilities across France.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.
Linde Signs Agreement with ExxonMobil to Increase Hydrogen Production
On June 25, FCHEA member Linde announced that it had signed an agreement with ExxonMobil to expand its existing hydrogen production facilities in Singapore. Linde will invest $1.4 billion into its gasification complex, located on Jurong Island. The new facility will include four additional gasifiers.

The primary purpose for the additional hydrogen will be to supply ExxonMobil's expanded production of petrochemicals, such as lubricants. The release also indicated that other customers would be receiving a portion of the hydrogen supply, with no details on those possible uses.
ExxonMobil Asia-Pacific chairman Gan Seow Kee and Linde Asia-Pacific executive vice-president Sanjiv Lamba sign the agreement. (Source: Linde)

Click  here for the full press release from Linde.
Thirty-Five Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicles Introduced as Taxis in the Netherlands
On June 24,  New Mobility News reported that thirty-five Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been purchased for use as taxis in The Hague, Netherlands. The taxis are part of a care transport system for elderly and disabled people, which has opted to move to a carbon-neutral system.

The fleet of FCVs will be operated by taxi company Noot Personenvervoer and will initially refuel at a hydrogen station in Rhoon, around 30 km (18 miles) from the Hague. Later this year, a station in the Hague will open for hydrogen refueling, according to the company.
A Toyota Mirai FCV in operation as a care taxi (Source: Toyota)

Click  here for the full article from  New Mobility News.
H2 Mobility Opens Three New Hydrogen Fueling Stations in Germany
On June 24 and 25, three hydrogen refueling stations opened in Germany, in the states of Nordrhein-Westfalen and Schleswig-Holstein, bringing the total number of stations in the country to seventy-five. This week's stations opened in the municipalities of Siegen, Handewitt, and Duisburg. All three were opened by the H2 Mobility industry partnership, with Linde providing the refueling infrastructure in Siegen and Handewitt and Air Liquide providing the technology to Duisburg.

H2 Mobility plans to open a total of 100 hydrogen refueling stations in Germany by the end of 2019.
Local students join H2 Mobility and state officials at the station opening in Handewitt. (Source: H2 Mobility)

Click  herehere, and  here for the full press releases from H2 Mobility.
Toyota to Supply Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tech to Chinese Automakers
On July 5, Toyota announced that it will supply fuel cell components to Chinese automaker China FAW Group Corp Ltd and Higer Bus Co,. According to Toyota, Shanghai Re-Fire Technology Co. will serve as a local supplier and system integrator to develop fuel cell powertrain technology that the Chinese automakers can use to make hydrogen buses.

Toyota has previously supplied fuel cell components to Chinese commercial vehicle makers Beiqi Foton Motor Co Ltd and Beijing SinoHytec Co Ltd. According to Toyota, the automaker hopes to cooperate with additional Chinese car manufacturers in the future on fuel cell vehicle development.

Click  here for the full article from  Reuters.
Nel Hydrogen Launches New Medium-Scale Electrolyzer
On July 11, Nel Hydrogen announced the launch of its medium-scale alkaline electrolyzer, the A1000. According to Nel, the A1000 is capable of generating 2 tons of hydrogen fuel per day. The new electrolyzer can be sized from 600 to 970 nominal meters cubed per hour, based on customer needs.
A rendered model of the A1000 electrolyzer (Source: Nel Hydrogen)

Click  here for the full press release from Nel Hydrogen.
Hyundai Motor Group and Saudi Aramco Agree to Cooperate on Hydrogen and Future Technology
On June 26, FCHEA member Hyundai Motor Group announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Saudi Aramco. The two companies agreed to cooperate on the hydrogen ecosystem, research on non-metallic materials, and future automotive technologies.

The MOU includes commitments to expand the hydrogen supply in both South Korea and Saudi Arabia and deploy additional refueling stations in South Korea. The companies will also work to expand awareness of Hyundai's fuel cell vehicles in Saudi Arabia.
Euisun Chung, Hyundai Executive Vice Chairman, and Amin Nasser, Saudi Aramco President, sign the memorandum of understanding (Source: Hyundai)

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai.
Alstom's Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Train Tested in Bavaria
On July 10, the  International Railway Journal reported that French train manufacturer Alstom is testing one of its hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint trains in the German state of Bavaria. The test occurred under normal operating circumstances between the towns of Bayreuth and Coburg.

The Coradia iLint model is powered by Hydrogenics' fuel cells with hydrogen storage tanks from FCHEA member Hexagon Purus. The train was first deployed in state of Lower Saxony, Germany in September 2018. Alstom has previously announced orders from the Rhine-Main Transport Authority in the state of Hesse, which would make Bavaria the third German state to announce the purchase of the Coradia iLint. The commercial deployment date of the Coradia iLint in Bavaria is still to be determined.
The Coradia iLint hydrogen train in operation in Lower Saxony. (Source: Alstom)

Click  here for the full article from  International Railway Journal.
Toyota Sells First Fleet of Fuel Cell Vehicles in Canada
On July 16, Toyota sold the first fleet of fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Canad a to Ballard Power Systems . Ballard has arranged for several of its employees to purchase the Toyota Mirai FCV. Initial vehicle deliveries took place on July 16, with the rest of the fleet to be delivered by the end of 2019.

The Toyota Mirai is currently available for purchase by fleet operators at 12 authorized Mirai dealerships in the Vancouver area. Toyota has worked with other hydrogen stakeholders across Canada to put in place the necessary fueling infrastructure, training and service to support the sale of fuel cell vehicles.

Click  here for the full article from  Yahoo Finance.
FuelCell Energy Announces Medium-Scale Fuel Cell Models Available in Europe
On July 15, FuelCell Energy announced the relaunch of its sub-megawatt (MW) scale fuel cell systems in Europe. The SureSource 250 and 400 models will each be available for distributed power generation and are able to run on biogas. These fuel cells are manufactured in Torrington, Connecticut, and assembled in Europe at the FuelCell Energy manufacturing facility located in Taufkirchen, Germany.

Click  here for the full press release from FuelCell Energy.
Hyundai Nexo Wins German Innovation Awards
On July 9, Hyundai Motor received two awards at the AutomationINNOVATIONS Awards in Offenbach, Germany, including the "Most Innovative Volume Brand - Alternative Drives" for the Nexo fuel cell vehicle (FCV).

The awards were presented by the Center of Automotive Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers. According to the jury, the range of the Nexo FCV played a crucial role in its selection, along with a variety of other features.
Jürgen Keller, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor Germany (2nd from left) accepts the award. (Source: Hyundai)

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai (in German).
Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Sign Research Agreement
On July 16, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Toyota have signed a three-year joint research agreement from fiscal years 2019 to 2021 that will focus on creating a manned, pressurized lunar rover using fuel cell electric vehicle technology. According to the agreement, the rover is tentatively planned to be launched in 2029.
A rendering of the potential design for the lunar rover. (Source: Toyota)

Click  here for the full press release from Toyota.
Hyundai Fuel Cell Vehicles Join German Taxi Service
On July 8, ECT Eco Taxi Deutschland, a German environmentally friendly taxi service, announced that it had purchased two of Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicles (FCV) to deploy in the city of Wiesbaden, Germany. The FCVs are the first to be used in the German state of Hesse as taxis.

The ix35s, which are Hyundai's previous generation of FCV, have a range of 600 kilometers (~ 373 miles), which makes them the longest ranged vehicle in ECT's fleet. The FCVs were purchased with assistance from the Hesse energy agency and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Initiative Hesse.
Officials examine one of the Hyundai ix35 that will be operating as a taxi in Hesse (Source: Hessen Agentur)

Click  here for the full press release from the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Initiative Hesse (in German).
Australian Ministries Publish Issue Papers as Step Towards National Hydrogen Strategy
On July 1, the Australian ministries for resources and energy jointly announced the release of nine issue papers focused on the development of a national hydrogen strategy. The strategy is scheduled to be released by the end of 2019 and these papers are designed to encourage responses and feedback from industry and community sources.

The papers detail a range of subjects, including investment, safety concerns, and potential uses for hydrogen technology.

Click  here for the full press release from the Australian Ministry of Resources.
South Korea and Israel Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Hydrogen Economy
On July 15, South Korea and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in the hydrogen economy at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo and Israeli Ambassador to South Korea Chaim Choshen signed the memorandum of understanding, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, attended the signing ceremony.
Israeli Ambassador Chaim Choshen and South Korean Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo, with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and South Korean President Moon Jae-in behind. (Source: Yonhap News Agency)

Click  here for the full article from  Yonhap News Agency.
Federal Programs Update
Department of Energy 2019 Technology Commercialization Fund Projects Include Fuel Cell Research and Development
On June 25, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winning projects for its 2019 Technology Commercialization Fund, including four fuel cell and hydrogen-related proposals. The fuel cell projects will pair four national laboratories with companies aiming to commercialize the technologies, focusing on areas such as hydrogen contaminant detection, thin film electrocatalyst structures, and low-cost magnetocaloric materials.

Click  here for the full listing of winning projects from DOE.
Upcoming Events
2019 Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition
November 5 - 7, 2019
Long Beach Convention Center | Long Beach, California

The Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition (FCS&EE) is the biggest and most comprehensive industry conference in the U.S. The FCS&EE features dynamic keynotes and plenaries, technical track and poster sessions, a lively exhibit hall showcasing the latest technologies from around the world, three networking receptions, and more. Connect with hundreds of key stakeholders, potential customers and partners, and influential policy makers, all at one show.
Registration is open for attendees and exhibitors !

The official conference hotel is the Renaissance Long Beach. Book your hotel room today to secure a room at the reduced rate
Maritime Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference
September 3, 2019
Bergen, Norway

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are being embraced by the maritime industry as part of wider efforts to promote a green operational footprint. Hydrogen fuel cell vessels and traditional electric vessels with lithium batteries are currently being developed for various maritime applications. This one-day conference will focus on the key features and benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vessels.

Industry leaders will bring to light the latest industry initiatives on hydrogen and fuel cells. Speakers will discuss how hydrogen fuel cells and traditional batteries can coexist and complement each other in delivering clean and efficient energy solutions for various maritime applications. 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Potential of hydrogen and fuel cells for maritime applications
  • Industry update – current R&D initiatives and the latest industry data
  • Understanding the features and benefits - How do fuel cells compare against traditional battery technologies 
  • How can the enhanced energy density of hydrogen benefit maritime vessels?
  • Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells for maritime
  • Solid Oxide fuel cells for maritime
  • Understanding the potential of ammonia as a renewable fuel
  • Engineering considerations when dealing with hydrogen and fuel cells – vessel layout and weight 
  • Can hydrogen and fuel cells be produced in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way?
  • Case studies of recent industry initiatives and vessels
  • The business case for hydrogen fuel cell vessels 

To register click here. For FCHEA members, please contact Jennifer Gangi to get the discount code.
F-Cell Stuttgart - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology International Conference and Trade Fair
September 10-11, 2019
Stuttgart, Germany

This annual event for hydrogen and fuel cell experts provides an extensive overview for relevant international markets and industries as well as technological advancements.

An interactive format offers an ideal platform for experts and newcomers alike to connect, discuss and set up sustainable business relationships. A 2-day hydrogen and fuel cell conference, interactive workshops, topic tables and an international trade fair as well the f-cell award
presented as part of the f-cell Evening Event, celebrates international innovation in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cells.

  • Discover relevant hydrogen and fuel cell markets – international and industry specific
  • Apply for the f-cell award celebrating innovation in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell
  • Gain insight into the latest hydrogen and fuel cell developments
  • Meet hydrogen and fuel cell suppliers in the international trade fair
  • Utilize the interactive event formats to identify suitable business partners

Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019
October 28 - 30, 2019
Westgate Resort and Casino | Las Vegas, NV

Commercial UAV Expo Americas is North America’s leading trade show and conference focusing on the integration and operation of commercial UAS with more exhibitors than any other commercial drone event.

Industries covered include Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It is presented by Commercial UAV News and organized by Diversified Communications, a global event producer that also organizes Commercial UAV Expo Europe, GeoBusiness Show, International LiDAR Mapping Forum. Free expo. 

Register at For FCHEA members, please contact Jennifer Gangi to get the discount code.
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Requests for Papers, Proposals, & Information
Department of Energy Solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $5.2 million for a new solicitation under the  High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative, the umbrella program for the HPC4Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg), HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls), and HPC4Mobility programs. The new funding opportunity seeks qualified industry partners to work collaboratively with DOE's national laboratories on projects that use High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve key technical challenges. These technical challenges include development and optimization of modeling and simulation codes, porting and scaling of applications, application of data analytics, and applied research and development of tools or methods.

There will be three areas of focus.

Area 1: HPC4Mtls

The HPC4Mtls Program is sponsored by EERE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office to enhance the U.S. materials development, fabrication, and manufacturing industry to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development of materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments. This solicitation is aimed at demonstrating the benefit of HPC toward these goals within one year.
The HPC4Mtls program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments through the use of HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis.

Area 2: HPC4Mfg

The HPC4Mfg Program is led by EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office with a focus on establishing collaborations that address key manufacturing challenges by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis. The Office of Fossil Energy and EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office and Building Technologies Office also sponsor select projects in this portfolio. The program aims to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, reduce cycle time, enable next-generation technologies, test control system algorithms, investigate intensified processes, lower energy cost, and accelerate innovation.

The HPC4Mfg Program seeks projects that will use HPC modeling and simulation to overcome manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

Area 3: HPC4Mobility

The HPC4Mobility Program is sponsored by the Vehicle Technologies Office's Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) Program. The mission of EEMS is to conduct early stage research and development (R&D) at the vehicle, traveler, and system level, to create new knowledge, tools, and insights and technology solutions that increase mobility energy productivity for individuals and businesses. As mobility technologies continuously evolve, EEMS operates within the interface of vehicle systems and transportation systems.

The HPC4Mobility Program is interested in collaborations that address key mobility challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified software, hardware, and implementation solutions that perform well in complex transportation/mobility systems in rural and metropolitan areas.

Eligibility for the HPC4Mfg and HPC4Mtls programs is limited to entities that manufacture or develop products in the United States for commercial applications and the organizations that support them. Relevant government entities are eligible to receive awards from the HPC4Mobility Program only. Selected projects and follow-on projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support compute cycles and work performed by the national laboratory partners. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20% of the DOE funding for the project. Selected follow-on project partners must provide at least 50% of the DOE funding for the project.

More information about the individual topics of interest for each office are available in the  funding opportunity announcement. All DOE national laboratories are eligible to participate.  Solicitations are due by 11:59 PM EDT on July 31, 2019
U.S.-Israel Energy Center Call for Proposals
The U.S. and Israel, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Israel Ministry of Energy (MoE) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), have established the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology (the “Energy Center”). The purpose of the Energy Center is to accelerate development and deployment of critical and innovative technologies in the areas of (1) Fossil Fuels; (2) Energy Storage; (3) Cyber Security for Energy Infrastructure; (4) Energy-Water Nexus.

The maximum award for a consortium in a topic area is $10M for a period of 5 years, subject to
appropriations/funding allocation and performance. Proposals should include cost-sharing of
at least 50 percent (that is, proposals submitted by each consortium should include a budget of
at least $20M over 5 years.) Hence, the initial award value for each consortium will be up to $2M
for the first year and up to 50% of the approved first year budget.

To be considered for funding, a proposal should be submitted by a U.S.-Israel consortium of at
least two entities from each country, including companies and/or research institutes and/or
universities (the Israeli participants must include at least one company). The consortium must
have a U.S. leader and an Israeli leader.

Proposals should be based on close collaboration between U.S. and Israeli entities; include
novel concepts and/or technologies; and show how the proposed activities provide potential for
accelerating development, technology transfer and deployment of advanced technologies in the
areas of interest. Preferably, proposals should lead to demonstration of the technologies in the
relevant environments. Proposals may include activities such as workforce training, and student
and postdoctoral exchange.

The Energy Center is managed by the BIRD Foundation. Click  here for submission procedures, information on events, topics’ descriptions and selection criteria.

U.S.-Israel Energy Center Dates:
Submission Deadline for Proposals: August 15, 2019 Expected Selection: November, 2019
Queensland Hydrogen Industry Development Fund
The Queensland State Government has introduced a Hydrogen Industry Strategy for the years 2019-2024. The strategy focuses on supporting innovation, facilitating private sector investment, ensuring an effective policy framework, building community awareness and confidence, facilitating skills development for new technology.

As part of the strategy, the government has established a $15 million industry development fund to support hydrogen projects in the state. This fund will be divided between two funding streams, one for Plant and Equipment projects and one for Feasibility Studies.

The Hydrogen Industry Development Fund is managed by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. Click  here for submission procedures and other information.

Submission Deadline for Expressions of Interest: August 21, 2019
Detailed applications will invited from those selected.
Pennsylvania ZEV Infrastructure Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a new grant program for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) charging and fueling stations to increase options for ZEV owners and encourage more people to consider these clean vehicles for their next car. The funding comes from Pennsylvania’s $118 million settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests. 
The grants are available through Governor Tom Wolf’s Driving PA Forward initiative. The goal of the initiative is to permanently reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from vehicles. 
Up to $3 million in grants is available for acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of ZEV fast-charging equipment and hydrogen fuel cell equipment through 2019. Grants are awarded as reimbursements after completed projects, with a maximum amount of $500,000. The amount awarded depends on the charging or fueling capacity of the proposed equipment.

Application deadlines are 4:00 PM on October 11, 2019.

For more information and to apply, click  here for the Driving PA Forward website.
NYSERDA Stationary Fuel Cell Program
NYSERDA’s Stationary Fuel Cell Program aims to quickly increase the amount of electricity produced by fuel cell systems in New York State. By providing $15 million over two years, NYSERDA will help facilities to reduce the upfront costs of installing and operating fuel cells and support commercially viable fuel cell systems that help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

NYSERDA will provide $7.5 million a year for two years for a total of $15 million to support new installations of stationary fuel cell systems at eligible sites. No system can receive more than $1 million from NYSERDA.

Incentives are divided into two main categories:
  • Total Base Incentives, which include base incentives determined by installed capacity, and grid independent incentives based on the capability for operating when there are outages
  • Bonus Incentives which are based on location of the site and whether the site is deemed to be critical infrastructure

Apply online using NYSERDA’s application portal. Applications close at 5 PM Eastern Time on December 31, 2019.

Click here for the full solicitation from NYSERDA.
South Coast AQMD Hydrogen Infrastructure Partnership Program
This Program Opportunity Notice (PON) seeks to expand the availability of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the South Coast AQMD region by making available a source of co-funding that can be accessed by the
Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC’s) strategic partners. The intent is to provide funding that can be used to improve the financial viability of a candidate hydrogen refueling station that has already undergone vetting by the Energy Commission or South Coast AQMD, or is being proposed by a public agency or industry stakeholder that will undergo evaluation by the MSRC, Energy Commission, or South Coast AQMD. The goal is to have this funding source readily available so it can be tapped by our strategic partners during and within the course of their regular procurement processes.

To this end, the MSRC has allocated $3,000,000 in Clean Transportation Funding from its FY 2016-’18 Work Program for the MSRC’s Hydrogen Infrastructure Partnership Program. This is an
initial funding allocation; the MSRC reserves the right to increase the funding available under this PON by allocating additional funds from either the FY 2016-’18 Discretionary Fund or a future Work Program. 

The period of submittal under this PON closes on April 10, 2020, unless extended by the MSRC.

Click  here for the full Program Opportunity Notice from the South Coast AQMD.
New York State Retail Energy Storage Incentives Program
The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency provides funding to reduce costs of adding new energy storage technologies through the Retail Energy Storage Incentives Program. This program focuses on commercial energy storage through on-site technologies like fuel cells and solar generation.
To qualify for the program, energy storage systems must:
  • Be sized up to 5 megawatts (MW) of alternating current (AC) power
  • Be new, permanent, and stationary
  • Be located in New York State
  • Use thermal, chemical, or mechanical commercially-available technology primarily operated for electric load management or shifting on-site renewable generation to more beneficial time periods
  • Provide value to a customer under an investor-owned utility rate, including delivery charges or New York State’s value of distributed energy resources (VDER)
  • Interconnect either behind a customer’s electric meter or directly into the distribution system

Click  here  for complete details about the program and how to apply.

Applications accepted until the funding amounts have been met.
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Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association --  The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the trade association for the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry, and is dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users, and FCHEA members are helping to transform the our energy future. FCHEA represents the full global supply chain, including universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.

National Energy Technology Laboratory -- The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system is owned and operated by the DOE. Its mission is "advancing energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment." NETL performs, procures, and partners with universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems. NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies, contract and project management, analysis of energy systems, and international energy issues. NETL supports the DOE's mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
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