DOE Provides $6 Million to Collect Performance Data on Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

02 Mar 2012

As part of President Obama's ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy to reduce America's reliance on foreign oil, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will make up to $6 million available this year for the collection of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) data.

The projects selected for funding will collect data from next-generation, light-duty FCEVs as they are operated in real-world conditions to identify ways to lower costs and improve fuel cell durability and overall vehicle performance.

This funding is part of the DOE’s commitment to helping US industry bring more FCEVs to the mainstream market and providing alternatives to gasoline.

The DOE seeks applicants to design and implement projects to monitor the performance and durability of advanced FCEVs for up to five years. The 50% cost-shared projects will supply data to the Hydrogen Secure Data Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for analysis and comparison.

It is intended that various makes and models of FCEV’s will be monitored, with the results being of benefit to both future R&D and OEM vehicle optimisation towards cost and performance targets. The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will coordinate efforts with similar technology validation efforts in Germany, Japan, Korea, and other countries to leverage international activities and to promote the rapid advance of FCEVs.

EERE says R&D efforts to date have been extremely successful: fuel cell durability has doubled, platinum content has been reduced by a factor of five, and the cost of fuel cells has fallen by 80%.

For more information, including application requirements and instructions, please visit the Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

The full EERE press release can be read here.

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