US DOE Requests Information on Hydrogen Storage for Fuel Cell Applications
14 May 2012
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program has issued a request for information from stakeholders regarding proposed targets for hydrogen storage sub-systems, specifically those designed for material handling and portable fuel cell applications. The targets relate to performance, durability, and cost.
The DOE is asking for industry information about the relevance and appropriateness of the suggested target values, including recommendations and justification for any targets that are not currently addressed.
Material handling equipment (forklift trucks, ground support equipment, baggage tractors, etc) and portable power applications (battery chargers, consumer electronics, etc) are providing an early market entry point for fuel cell technologies. In support of this, the DOE is developing storage technologies that can provide hydrogen for cost-effective operation in a safe and convenient package. It is currently working to identify appropriate technical and cost targets for these hydrogen storage sub-systems to drive improvements in storage materials, system engineering and design.
For details, see the RFI announcement for DE-FOA-0000735. All responses must be provided no later than 11:59 pm EDT on 15 June 2012.
Reference: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy