DOE Announces Funding to Advance Fuel Cell Performance and Durability
The DOE recently announced more than $13 million in funding for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced more than $13 million in funding for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. These selected projects will leverage industry, university, and laboratory expertise to accelerate American innovation in advanced hydrogen storage and fuel cell performance and durability.
Earlier this year, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy established two collaborative research consortia, each comprising a core team of DOE national laboratories, with plans to add industry and university partners. Led by Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Fuel Cell Consortium for Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) focuses on improving fuel cell performance and durability. Projects selected through this consortium reportedly will work to decrease the amount of platinum required and increase the performance and durability of transportation fuel cells, thereby decreasing cost and improving the life of fuel cell electric vehicles. The selected projects under this consortium are:
- 3M Company (St. Paul, Minn.)—focus on integrating novel electrode ionomers with nanostructured thin film low-platinum group metal electrocatalysts in powder form to develop an improved cathode-coated membrane and electrode structure in the fuel cell
- UTRC (East Hartford, Conn.)—develop more durable cell electrodes to lower the cost and improve the performance of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
- Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)—testing a new technique to electrospin low-platinum group metal electrocatalysts with a proton-conducting binder to improve durability and performance of fuel cell electrodes
- General Motors (Pontiac, Mich.)—employ both experimental and modeling approaches to study the effect of operating conditions on degradation, as well as the ways membranes fail, to improve overall performance of low-platinum group metal electrodes
For more information, visit http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office.