Fuel Cell and Fuel Cell Membrane Research and Development
The Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy
Hydrogen Can Provide Long-Term Energy Security Through Use of Diverse Domestic Resources.
The President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (HFI) and the FreedomCAR partnership will help reduce America’s
need for imported oil and cut emissions by aiding the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. We must
make it practical and cost-effective for large numbers of Americans to choose to purchase fuel cell vehicles by
To achieve this goal, the Department of Energy (DOE) is working together with other Federal agencies,
national laboratories, the auto industry, energy companies, universities, and small businesses to make
hydrogen-powered vehicles a reality.
Today, Secretary Bodman announced three initiatives to advance President Bush’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative:
$100 million for Fuel Cell Research and Development;
$19 million for Fuel Cell Membrane Research and Development and;
The Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy - a guideline for identifying
and overcoming the technical and manufacturing challenges associated with the $119 million in
research funding unveiled today.
The success of a hydrogen economy depends on developing low-cost, high-volume manufacturing processes
and building a supply base for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the United States.
The Department of Energy has already made significant advancements:
Fuel Cells: To compete with conventional transportation technologies, fuel cells for automotive
applications must be cost competitive and must be able to operate for more than 5,000 hours under
widely varying load conditions with frequent shutdowns and startups.
o DOE-funded research has doubled the lifetime of the fuel cell stack and reduced the projected
high-volume cost by 60%.
Hydrogen Production: The cost of hydrogen (which includes the cost of production and delivery)
must be competitive with conventional fuels and technologies.
o DOE research has reduced the cost of hydrogen produced from natural gas from $5.00 in
2003 to $3.10 in 2005.
For more information, visit: http://www.hydrogen.energy.gov
$100M Available for Fuel Cell R&D (over four years)
This funding will focus on critical path technology barriers to support the President’s HFI.
Proposals are sought in the following topic areas:
Improved fuel cell membranes Effects of impurities on fuel cell performance
Water transport within the stack and durability
Advanced cathode catalysts and supports A stationary fuel cell demonstration topic
Cell hardware involves international and intergovernmental
Innovative fuel cell concepts partnerships
Funding is available to nonprofit and for-profit private entities, institutes of higher education, state and local
governments, and government laboratories to ensure competition to the maximum extent practicable.
The solicitation closes on April 5, 2006. Electronic submissions must be submitted through www.grants.gov,
where application forms and instructions are also available; funding opportunity number: “DE-PS36-
$19M Available for Fuel Cell Membrane R&D (over five years)
DOE has selected 12 projects for cost-shared R&D on polymer membranes – considered by some to be the key
to transportation fuel cell technology.
Selected organizations include eight universities and three businesses:
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Case Western Reserve University (two
PA projects), Cleveland, OH
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA FuelCell Energy, Danbury, CT
Giner Electrochemical Systems, Newton, MA Clemson University, Clemson, SC
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY
A Roadmap to the Future
The Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy is based on the recommendations of
over 100 hydrogen fuel cell experts from industry, universities, and national laboratories. The Roadmap:
Identifies challenges to manufacturing hydrogen production, storage, and fuel cell technologies, as
well as the innovations required for the initial transition to the hydrogen economy.
Proposes research and development (R&D) activities to overcome challenges and includes
recommendations of hydrogen and fuel cell experts in industry and at universities and national
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) allows for a variety of tax incentives encouraging vehicles
technologies that reduce petroleum fuel use.
Tax credits for hybrid motor vehicles range from a low of $400 to a high of $12,000 for the heaviest
class of vehicles.
Under the sliding scale system, the most fuel-efficient, energy conserving passenger car could earn a
maximum credit of $3,400.
For more specific information on tax credits for hybrid or other alternative vehicles, visit: