The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched two consortia to advance fuel cell truck and hydrogen production research and development (R&D).
Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M2FCT) and the H2New groups were yesterday launched in commemoration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
The announcement builds upon DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office’s intention to invest up to $100m over five years to reduce the cost of fuel cells for trucks and of electrolysers for hydrogen production.
Each consortium will receive up to $10m per year over five years to advance progress in specific hydrogen production and fuel cell R&D areas:
- M2FCT will have Los Alamos and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories as co-leads. It will focus on fuel cell durability, performance, and cost to better position fuel cell trucks as a viable option in the long-haul trucking market.
- H2NEW will have the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory as co-leads. It will focus on making large-scale electrolysers, which produce hydrogen from electricity and water, more durable, efficient, and affordable.
Daniel Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said, “I am excited by the hydrogen and fuel cell progress we have seen to date. We need to continue to drive costs down if we want to accelerate large-scale deployments across the country.”
“Through these new consortia, the National Labs, industry, and academia will work together to significantly cut the cost and improve the performance of electrolysers and heavy-duty fuel cells.”