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DOE issues RFI on fuel cells and hydrogen refuelling

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has issued a request for information (RFI) to obtain feedback and opinions from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on technical and economic barriers for fuel cell related technologies.

In particular, FCTO seeks information regarding research and development needs to improve performance and reduce cost of bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, and ways to lower the high cost of hydrogen refuelling stations. These high costs for hydrogen refuelling stations may be caused by extensive installation and permitting effort or low equipment utilisation.

This RFI asks for feedback on concepts like co-location of hydrogen stations with existing compressed natural gas stations and mobile hydrogen refuelling delivery service. FCTO is specifically interested in information on cost avoidance and its effect on fuel cost to the consumer.

Also, an open topic is included to solicit innovative research that may be outside of FCTO’s current roadmap, but still relevant to the mission and objectives.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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