Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors.
Hydrogen is an energy carrier that can unite the nation's energy resources. By producing hydrogen when power generation exceeds load, electrolyzers can reduce curtailment of renewables and contribute to grid stability. Hydrogen can also be used as a feedstock for end users across sectors. Hydrogen produced from existing baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets can be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial sectors (e.g., steel manufacturing), creating an additional revenue stream for those assets.
Potential FOA topic areas include advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D; innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization; and integrated production, storage, and fueling system.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue the FOA in early 2019 via the EERE Exchange website. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange.
This is an NOI only. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or EERE may not issue a FOA at all.
Press Release Follows
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE‐FOA‐ 0002022 entitled “Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement.”
Hydrogen is one part of DOE’s all‐of‐the‐above energy portfolio, and can offer options for affordable and secure energy for transportation, as well as for stationary and industrial applications. The United States produces over 10 million metric tons of hydrogen per year1, used primarily for petroleum refining and fertilizer production, but there are a number of opportunities to increase hydrogen generation and utilization across the country.
“H2@Scale”2 is an initiative to enable affordable and reliable largescale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across sectors. For example, electrolyzers can produce hydrogen by splitting water when power generation exceeds demand. This can reduce or prevent curtailment of renewables, optimize baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets, and enable grid stability and resiliency, while also producing hydrogen as a fuel or feedstock for end users. In addition, hydrogen produced from existing baseload assets can be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat,
FCTO focuses on research, development, and innovation to advance hydrogen and fuel cells for transportation and diverse applications enabling energy security, resiliency, and a strong domestic economy in emerging technologies. This FOA supports the FCTO’s goals, the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 Budget Request, and FY 2019 congressional appropriations direction.
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