$38 Million in New Projects to Support Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies 2018-10-08 19:45:43

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the selection of 28 projects totaling $38 million to support early-stage research and development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The Secretary is in Golden, Colorado touring the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

"As an energy carrier, hydrogen can help unite all of our nation’s abundant fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy resources," said Secretary Perry. "It is part of the Department’s diverse energy portfolio focused on providing affordable, reliable energy to American families and businesses."

This work also supports the DOE’s H2 @Scale initiative to produce and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors.

Selections for this investment focus on key early-stage technical challenges related to non-precious metal catalysts, fuel cell membranes, reversible fuel cells, and electrolyzers to produce hydrogen, as well as innovative concepts to improve efficiency and lower costs of hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure.  

Selections span three topic areas:

  • Topic 1: Platinum Free Catalysts to Lower Fuel Cell Costs

  • Topic 2: H2 @Scale: Hydrogen Production and Delivery Infrastructure Research

  • Topic 3: Innovative Fuel Cell Concepts

View the full list of selected projects here.


(city, state)

Project Title

Federal Share

Topic   ElectroCat

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Developing Platinum Group Metal-Free Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acid: Beyond the Single Metal Site


Indiana University Purdue University

Purdue, IN

Mesoporous Carbon-based PGM-free Catalyst Cathodes


Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Fuel Cell Membrane-Electrode-Assemblies with PGM-free Nanofiber Cathodes


Pajarito Powder

Albuquerque, NM

Active and Durable PGM-free Cathodic Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Application


United Technologies Research Center

Hartford, CT

High Performance Non-PGM Transition Metal Oxide Oxygen Reduction Catalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells


Topic 2A – Energy Production and Hydrogen Fueling

Plug Power

Latham, NY

Autonomous Hydrogen Fueling Station


Equilon Enterprises LLC (dba Shell Oil Products US)

Houston, TX

Integrated Control & Dispatch of Renewable Hydrogen Generation At Scale


Skyre, Inc.

Hartford, CT

Electrolyzer Integrated Modular Nano-Array Monolithic Catalytic Reactors for ow Pressure/Temperature and High Flux Synthetic Fuel Production


Giner, ELX Inc.

Newton, MA

Anode-Boosted Electrolysis


Topic 2B – Electrolyzer Manufacturing

3M Company


ow-cost, High Performance Catalyst Coated Membranes for PEM Water Electrolyzers



University of Tennessee Space Institute

Tullahoma, TN

Developing novel electrodes with ultralow catalyst loading for high-efficiency hydrogen production in proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cells


University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Catalyst Layer Design, Manufacturing and In-line Quality Control


Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Laser 3D Printing of Highly Compacted Protonic Ceramic Electrolyzer Stack


Topic 2C – Infrastructure Station Footprint

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Golden, CO

Direct Cooling of Hydrogen to Decrease Energy Consumption in Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure


Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Optimizing the Heisenberg Vortex Tube for Hydrogen Cooling



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