U.S. Department of Energy Announces $15 Million for 12 Projects Developing High-Energy Storage Solutions, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells to Electrify Domestic Aircraft, Railroads & Ships

By February 22, 2024 3   min read  (405 words)

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12 Projects Across 11 States Will Work on Technologies to Advance Emission-Free, High-Energy Electrochemical Systems in Support of President Biden’s Push to Electrify Transportation Sectors

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $15 million for 12 projects across 11 states to advance next-generation, high-energy storage solutions to help accelerate the electrification of the aviation, railroad, and maritime transportation sectors. Funded through the Pioneering Railroad, Oceanic and Plane ELectrification with 1K energy storage systems (PROPEL-1K) program, projects will develop energy storage systems with “1K” technologies capable of achieving or exceeding 1000 Watt-hour per kilogram (Wh/kg) and 1000 Watt-hour per liter (Wh/L), which is a greater than four times energy density improvement compared to current technologies. This effort supports President Biden’s 2050 net-zero climate goals.

“Reducing emissions in the transportation sector—which is the largest contributor to the country’s greenhouse gas emissions—is critical to achieving President Biden’s clean energy and climate goals,” said ARPA-E Director Evelyn N. Wang. “ARPA-E is pleased to announce the dozen teams that will pursue exciting new solutions for powering and electrifying heavy-duty transportation.”

Managed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), these projects aim at developing energy storage systems capable of significant energy density improvements. This funding underscores the commitment to transforming heavy-duty transportation with emission-free, electrochemical systems.

Here’s a table highlighting the companies and their hydrogen-focused projects receiving funding:

Company Location Project Description Award Amount
Aurora Flight Sciences Manassas, VA Developing an aluminum air energy storage system for hydrogen production and power generation for heavy-duty transportation. $1,499,375
Giner Newton, MA Packaging hydrogen in a paste to power fuel cells, eliminating the need for high-pressure storage tanks. $1,500,000
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Working on a high-energy-density hydrogen carrier using methylcyclohexane for a fuel cell system. $625,000
Precision Combustion North Haven, CT Developing a hybrid fuel-cell battery system using liquid hydrogen as fuel. $1,221,058
Washington State University Pullman, WA Combining ceramic fuel cell technology with an innovative hydrogen packaging method. $803,945

Access project descriptions for the teams announced today on the ARPA-E website. These selections represent the first phase of an expected two-phase program. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 18 months following contract completion. If successful, PROPEL-1K technologies will electrify regional flights traveling as far as 1,000 miles with up to 100 people, all North American railroads, and all vessels operating exclusively in U.S. territorial waters.



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