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Toyota Launches Mirai FCEV in U.S, Premiers "Back to the Future" Video 

On October 21, Toyota officially launched the Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in the United States, available for sale now in California.  This marks the second commercially available, mass-market FCEV to go on sale in the United States

The automaker also premiered its fourth and final video as part of its Fueled by Everything series to coincide with the Mirai launch.  The video, debuting on the date characters Doc Brown and Marty McFly time travel to in Back to the Future II, features the actors Christopher Lloyd and  Michael J. Fox from the movie franchise.  The full video is available below.


Toyota also hosted a Mirai launch party in California, featuring 80's themed decorations and a 'Delorean' style Mirai FCEV.

Ash Corson and Jessica McClain in the Toyota Mirai FCEV Outfitted with vertical gull doors at the launch party Source: CNET

For a link to the full Toyota webpage, click here.

Honda Unveiling Production Model Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at 44th Tokyo Auto Show

On October 28, Honda unveiled its official vehicle lineup for the 44th Tokyo Auto Show, including the production model of its upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle, the Clarity FCV.


Honda FCV Source: Honda

The fuel cell electric sedan has the fuel cell power train contained entirely within the hood of the vehicle, allowing it to seat five.  The FCV is capable of a 700 kilometer, or 435 mile, range on a single tank of hydrogen thanks to an improved fuel cell stack.  The vehicle can also function as a mobile power plant in the case of emergencies. 

Honda plans to sell the vehicle in Japan in March of 2016, with the United States and Europe to follow.

For a link to the full press release, click here.

Intelligent Energy Announces 1.2 Billion Deal to Provide Fuel Cells for Telecommunication Towers in India 

On October 1, Intelligent Energy announced a landmark deal valued at 1.2 billion ($1.8 billion) with global telecommunications company GTL Limited to provide fuel cell systems for over 27,400 telecommunication towers in India.

 
Indian Telecom Tower Source: Intelligent Energy
 
The deal, taking place over ten years, will replace traditional diesel generators to provide reliable backup power at telecommunication sites across the country. Intelligent Energy's Indian subsidiary Essential Energy will assume power management of the fuel cell systems.
 
For a link to the full press release, click here.

Doosan Fuel Cell Announces 30.8 MW Fuel Cell Deal in South Korea

On October 23, Doosan Fuel Cell America announced an agreement with Samsung C&T Corporation, Samsung's construction arm,  and Korea Hydrogen & Nuclear Power, South Korea's largest utility, to develop a 30.8 megawatt (MW) fuel cell installation in South Korea.

The fuel cell installation, which will be located in Busan, South Korea's second largest city, will be able to power as many as 71,500 homes when it is completed.  Doosan will begin shipping its phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) PureCell 400 systems this year, with a target completion date of August 2016.

For a link to the full press release, click here.

Air Products Announces Three New Hydrogen Fueling Stations in California

On October 8, Air Products announced that it would bring online three additional SmartFuel hydrogen fueling stations in California in the month of October.   The stations are located in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Irvine, California.

Air Products is planning on contributing fueling infrastructure at an additional 25 hydrogen fueling stations in the state under construction.   

For a link to the full press release, click here

Linde Officially Unveils 2nd Retail Hydrogen Fueling Station in California

On October 8, Linde officially unveiled its retail second hydrogen fueling station in California, located at the San Juan Capistrano Gas and Auto Services,  in San Juan Capistrano, California.   The station features Linde's next-generation IC 90 hydrogen compressor technology. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

NREL Dedicates 700 Bar Hydrogen Fueling Station at Headquarters in Golden, Colorado

On October 8, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) officially dedicated its new 700 bar hydrogen fueling station at its headquarters in Golden, Colorado. 

NREL officials dedicated new hydrogen fueling station 

The fueling station is part of NREL's Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility (HITRF), which will produce hydrogen onsite using electrolysis for use in retail-setting real world testing.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Hyatt Hotels and Bloom Energy Enter Agreement for Fuel Cell Installation

On October 20, Bloom Energy and Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced a new partnership to install a 500 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell system at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system will provide up to 75% of the base-load power requirements for the hotel, and will help reduce emissions by up to 40% for the facility. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Ballard Power Announces Deals for Approximately 300 Fuel Cell Electric Buses, Fuel Cell Powered-Trams in China

On September 25, Ballard Power held a ceremony at its headquarters to announce two agreements for fuel cell systems for mass transit in the Chinese cities of Fushan and Yunfu.

The first is long-term license and supply agreement, valued at $17 million, with its Chinese partner Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., to supply fuel cell systems for nearly 300 fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) through 2016.

In support of the agreement, Ballard is developing prototype configurations of its FC-Velocity 6 fuel cell modules to delivery 30 and 60 kilowatts (kW) of power for use in the FCEBs.

The second agreement, valued at approximately $6 million, is for the delivery of ten, 200 KW FC-Velocity 6 fuel cell systems for use in low-floor trams.   Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. will integrate the fuel cells in trams for urban deployment in 2016.

For a link to the full press releases, click here and here

ITM Power Announces Agreement with Symbio FCELL and Arcola Energy

On October 1, ITM Power announced it had reached an agreement with Symbio FCELL, a fuel cell systems manufacturer, and Arcola Energy, an engineering services company, to provide a package of fuel cell and hydrogen fleet solutions to United Kingdom commercial fleet operators.

Symbio's Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 FCEV Source: Symbio FCELL

Under the deal, the companies will provide fuel cell-powered zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs), on-site hydrogen fueling capability, and after sale engineering support for commercial fleets, as well as insurance, site approval, and staff training for fuel cell systems.

Symbio will provide its Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 vehicle as part of the integrated solution, which includes a  hydrogen fuel cell power range extender. 

For a link to the full press release, click here.

McPHy Energy to Provide Solid State Hydrogen Storage Unit as Part of European Consortium Project 

On September 25, McPhy energy announced that it would be providing a solid state hydrogen storage system for a 39 megawatt-hour (mWh) energy storage facility, backed by industry consortium INGRID, which aims to match energy supply with demand through integrated storage solutions combined with renewable energy.

Under the project, McPhy's storage solution will store energy from the wind and solar generation in the Apulia region of southern Italy. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Awarded $8 Million for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research

On October 8, Berkley Labs announced that it had received an $8 million award to research hydrogen and fuel cell technology from the Department of Energy.  The  award will be used to investigate new materials for hydrogen storage, as well as improvements in fuel cell durability and longevity.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Sandia National Laboratory Leading Tri-Lab Consortium to Tackle Hydrogen Storage Challenges

On October 8, Sandia National Laboratories announced that it would lead HyMARC, or the Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium, a tri-lab effort to address challenges related to the storage of hydrogen fuel, particularly for vehicle applications. 

The consortium, comprised of Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, received a 3-year, $9 million grant from the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (DOE FCTO) for its research.

For a link to the full press release, click here

Hydrogenics Joins Germany Hydrogen Industry Consortium H2FLY

On October 15 at the World Energy Solutions fair in Stuttgart, Germany, Hydrogenics announced that it had joined the German industry consortium H2FLY to develop the world's first zero-emission, four seat passenger aircraft.

Hydrogenics joins the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, the University of Ulm, aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel, and the Stuttgart airport as a member in H2FLY.  H2FLY aims to design an electric aircraft powered by hydrogen, named the HY4.  The prototype aircraft is expected to make its maiden flight in the summer of 2016.

For a link to the full press release , click here.

H2 Mobility to Install Nationwide Network of 400 Hydrogen Stations in Germany
 
On October 13, the partners of H2 Mobility announced that they will install a nationwide network of hydrogen fueling pumps at retail sites across Germany beginning in 2016.  By 2023 Germany is expected to have 400 hydrogen stations in operation under this program.
 
The announcement was confirmed with the signing of a declaration of intent between the H2 Mobility joint venture partners and Germany's federal transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt.  The partners of H2 Mobility include Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and TOTAL.

H2 Mobility Partners (Source: H2 Mobility)

As part of this agreement, industry and government intend to invest around €400 million (approximately $455 million USD) in the next years to build the hydrogen infrastructure network.

More information on this announcement is available here.

Ballard Power Announces Sale of Fuel Cell Systems for Telecom Backup in India

On September 30, Ballard Power announced a purchase order from the Aditya Birla Group in India for 50 ElectraGen-H2 fuel cell backup systems for deployment in the Idea Cellular Network in India, one of the countries largest cellular providers.

This deployment is the first in a series of deployments of up to 200 fuel cell systems by Ballard Power in India.  

For a link to the full press release, click here

European Working Group Forms to Develop 90 kW Fuel Cell Stack for Mass Manufacture in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

On October 13, Intelligent Energy announced it will be leading a pan-European industry working group to develop a 90 kW fuel cell for mass manufacture for automotive applications by 2020.  The program, called VolumetriQ, is a three-year program supported by €5 million ($7.7 million) in funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen - Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU), a public-private partnership composed of the European Commission and fuel cell and hydrogen companies and researchers organizations.

Intelligent Energy was announced as the lead of this project, providing its proprietary fuel cell stacks.  Other project partners include BMW Group, Daimler, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, Solvay Specialty Polymers, ElringKlinger, Pretexo, and CNRS Montpellier.

VolumetriQ Partners Initial Meeting (Source: Intelligent Energy)

For more information, the full press release is available here.

E.ON Inaugurates Energy Storage Facility Using Hydrogenics PEM Technology

On October 15, Hydrogenics announced that the company's 1.5 megawatt (MW) PEM electrolyzer energy storage system was officially inaugurated at E.ON's site in Hamburg, Germany.  The Hydrogenics electrolyzer generates hydrogen using surplus wind energy.  The hydrogen will be fed into the local Hamburg natural gas grid in a Power-to-Gas (P2G) configuration.

For more information, the full press release is available here.

Linde Announces Hydrogen-Powered E-Bike

On October 14, the Linde Group announced the development of a hydrogen-powered electric bike.  Rather than a battery usually found on e-bikes, this pedal electric cycle, or pedelec, features a compact fuel cell.  The fuel cell supports assisted pedaling over a range in excess of 100 kilometers (approximately 62 miles) with a 34-gram cylinder of hydrogen.

The first of these pedelecs was delivered to Germany Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt by Dr. Wolfgang Buchele, CEO of Linde AG.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt Receiving the Hydrogen Bike (Source: Linde)

Linde plans to produce a limited prototype series of these hydrogen-powered bicycles.

For more information, the full press release is available here.

ITM Power Receives the UK's First Toyota Mirai FCEV, Signs Hydrogen Fuel Contract with Toyota 

On October 19, ITM Power announced it had received the first Toyota Mirai FCEV to be delivered in the United Kingdom, which was identified by Toyota Europe as an early market for the FCEV.

ITM Power CEO Graham Cooley & Toyota Europe VP Dr. Johann Van Zyl Source: ITM Power

ITM Power also recently signed its first fueling contract for the hydrogen fuel dispensed at three renewable hydrogen fueling stations in London.  The fueling stations were funded by  the UK's Office of Low Emission Vehicles and the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU), a public private partnership.

For a link to the full press release, click here

London Mayor Welcomes Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

On October 13, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcomed the news that 12 Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles would be delivered to London by the end of the year.  The news was announced as the mayor visited Toyota's headquarters during a three-day trade mission to Japan.

Four of these vehicles will be taken on by the Transport for London to assist with essential engineering and maintenance work carried out between bus stops and Tube stations.  The remaining vehicles will be used by private hire fleets and green businesses, including ITM Power.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson at Toyota Headquarters in Japan (Source: Toyota)

The roll-out of these vehicles is supported by several recent announcements of new fueling stations installed or in development in the London area.

More information on this announcement is available here.

Ballard Power Announces Close of Protonex Acquisition

On October 1, Ballard Power announced that it had closed the acquisition of Protonex Technology Corporation through the issuance of 1.4 million Ballard Power shares.

Protonex's technology will be integrated full into Ballard Power's product portfolio, including fuel cell power management and portable power systems, as well as its specialized knowledge of United States military markets. 

For a link to the full press release, click here

h2fcdayNational Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day
 

Inaugural National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day Held on 10.08.2015

On October 8, the first National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was held around the country in recognition of the benefits fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology provide.  10.08 was chosen as the date as a reference to the atomic weight of hydrogen, 1.008.  Below you can find a recap of some of the events that occurred on the day.

Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Declaring October 8 National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

On September 29, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 217 by unanimous consent, which declared October 8, 2015 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. 

The Resolution was originally cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Lindsey Graham (SC), as well as Senators Chris Coons (DE), Mazie Hirono (HI), Chris Murphy (CT), and Martin Heinrich (NM), who also cosponsored the legislation.

For a link to the full text of the Senate Resolution, click here.

Representative Charles Dent Introduces House Resolution Designating October 8, 2015 National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

On October 8, Representative Charles Dent (R-PA) introduced H.Res. 468, Expressing support for designation of October 8, 2015, as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.  The Resolution was co-sponsored by Representatives John Larson (D-CT), Elizabeth Esty (D-CA), Jim Costa (D-PA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Janice Hahn (D-CA), and Mike Doyle (D-PA).  For a link to the full text of the House Resolution, click here

Below you can watch a video of Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) delivering remarks in a floor speech on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in support of the resolution.


Representative Charles Dent, in addition to sponsoring the Resolution, offered written testimony for the Congressional record.  Representative Dent's full remarks on the resolution are available here.

FCHEA published a press release marking the celebration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, available here

Toyota Hosts Ride and Drive on Capitol Hill for Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

On the morning of October 8, Toyota hosted a ride and drive event on Capitol Hill, where it showcased the Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).  Several Representatives attended the event and had a chance to drive the FCEV.

Toyota's Robert Wimmer with Representatives Michael Doyle (D-PA) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CA)

Toyota's Robert Wimmer, Representative Rod Blum (R-IA), Representative Michael Doyle (D-PA), Toyota's Charlie Ing, and Representative Gerald McNerney (D-NM)

Toyota's Charlie Ing and Robert Wimmer with Representative Mark Takai (D-HI)

Additional National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day Activity

The fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry and its supporters, friends, and champions celebrated the inaugural National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day with a range of activities around the country and abroad.  Below are links for more information on some of these activities:
  • Air Liquide Op-Ed in The Hill: Hydrogen: Power For the Present and the Future -Link
  • Air Products Micro Site Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • California - State Celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • California Fuel Cell Partnership Holds Webinar on California Hydrogen Station Progress -Link
  • CCAT Resilient Power Project Webinar: Fuel Cells for Educational Facilities -Link
  • CCAT Press Release: Connecticut Celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day - Link 
  • Department Of Energy: Stacked For Success: Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • Hydrogen Education Foundation Announces 2016 Contest to Design Hydrogen- Powered Micro Grid -Link
  • Hyundai Joins Industry in Celebration of First National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day-Link
  • Intelligent Energy: Happy International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • Nuvera Blog - 10 Elemental Milestones to Share with Friends and Colleagues on National Hydrogen Day -Link
  • Nuvera Op-Ed in ForkLiftAction on Importance of ITC for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Tech -Link
  • Plug Power Inc. Joins Industry in Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • Plug Power National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day Video - Link
  • Plug Power Reflects On the Meaning of National Hydrogen& Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • W.L. Gore Joins Industry in Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day -Link
  • Wikipedia page marking National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day - Link
FedFederal Program News
 
Department of Energy Invests Over $20 Million to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies, Publishes 2014 Industry Market Report

On October 9, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2014 Fuel Cell Market Report, written by our staff here at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association.  To coincide with the launch of the report, DOE also announced investments of more than $20 million in 10 projects to continued advancement of the industry.

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson, is quoted saying, "These projects announced today will continue to make advances in our rapidly-expanding portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  Energy Department-supported projects have helped reduce the modeled cost of transportation fuel cells by 50% since 2006, and more than double durability and reduce the amount of platinum necessary by a factor of five.  We are pleased to support the recognition of the first-ever National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8, aptly chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008)."

More information on this announcement is available here.  The 2014 Market Report is available online here.

Department of Energy Hosting Small Business Voucher Pilot Informational Webinar

On October 22,  the Department of Energy will host an Informational Webinar on how to submit a request to the Small Business Vouchers Pilot. Following a brief 15-minute presentation, participants will be invited to ask questions after the presentation.

Register for the webinar here.  More information on the Small Business Vouchers Pilot is available here

Events
Upcoming Events

Register Now for the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition 

Registration is open for the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition, which will take on November 16-19, 2015, in Los Angeles, California at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
The Fuel Cell Seminar is the  the premier U.S. conference for the fuel cell and hydrogen industry. 

Due to the LA Auto Show, demand is high for hotel rooms - book your room today. Registration for the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar is available here.
 
World Hydrogen Energy Conference Issues Call for Abstracts 

The 21st World Hydrogen Energy Conference, taking place from June 13 - 16, 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain, has issued a call for abstracts on a range of fuel cell and hydrogen energy topics.

Topics include hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, fuel cell stacks and components, transportation and aerospace applications, and more.

Abstracts are due by October 31, 2015. 

For a link to the full call for abstracts, click here

8th Annual REFF-West 
  
REFF-West, taking place November 5-6, 2015, is the premier West Coast renewable energy finance event, uniting senior financiers, investors and renewable energy executives from across the country since 2008.  
 
With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., the 8th REFF-West will highlight financing trends for renewable power, clean technologies and transportation; assess the future of policies and the role of financing innovations; identify early-stage investment opportunities; and discuss the region's role in the international renewable energy marketplace. Plus, unparalleled networking opportunities will allow you to meet senior representatives from both the energy and financial sectors.
 
For more information, click here

Remote Monitoring & Control 2015 

Remote Monitoring & Control 2015 will be held November 5-6, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. This conference will cover the latest advancements for monitoring and managing distributed equipment and facilities via recent developments in SCADA, remote networks (wireless & wired), security (cyber & physical), automation, Onsite and Back-up Power, M2M/IoT and all other manner of technology that allows for the management of remote assets.  

This technology-driven and solution oriented event brings together the innovators and users from multiple industries, including utilities/T&D, infrastructure, oil & gas, telecom, water & wastewater, facilities management, manufacturing, process industry, railroads and transportation.

For a link to the full event page, click here

European Fuel Cell Conference and Exhibition

The European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference - EFC15 - is going to celebrate its 6th anniversary in beautiful Naples, Italy, from 16 to 18 December 2015.

This conference offers three days with prominent academics, researchers, students politicians and entrepreneurs, in the field of fuel cells.  The topics include Materials, Modeling, Lab Tests, System Design, Fuels and decarbonizing society, Fuel Cell Applications, Fuel Cells operated in reversed mode, Marketing and Policy pathways to full commercialization of Fuel Cells, and Cross-cutting Issues.

A series of special sessions will be held in parallel with the core event: Safety, Regulations codes & standards in Fuel Cells; Microbial Fuel Cells; Dissemination of European projects on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen.

The call for abstracts is now open. Selected paper will be published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

The event offers also opportunities to those who want to promote their products and activities. For more information, please visit the website at www.europeanfuelcell.it.
 
LinksAdditional Links

Forbes | September 29, 2015

Sandia National Labs | October 7, 2015

NASDAQ | October 6, 2015

Diva | October 2015

KABC | October 8, 2015


Ballard Power Systems | October 16, 2015

Top Gear | October 16, 2015 

Automotive News | October 19, 2015 

Foreign Affairs | October 20, 2015
 
Tech.Mic | October 20 , 2015 

Japanese autoparts makers shift focus to new breed of car
Nikkei Asian Review | October 20, 2015

Bloomberg Business | October 20, 2015


Popular Science | October 21, 2015



Automotive World | October 22, 2015

Toyota's Back to the Future Ad for Hydrogen-Powered Mirai
Wall Street Journal | October 22, 2015

RFI
Request for Papers, Proposals, and Information
 
DOE Issues Request for Information on Advanced Thermal Insulation and Composite Material Compatibility

On October 20, the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (DOE FCTO) announced a Request for Information (RFI) on Advanced Thermal Insulation and Composite Material Compatibility for alternative fuel storage systems, including hydrogen stored on board a vehicle.

Requested information includes how to maintain vacuum stability, the use of advanced composite materials, and the use of accelerated testing for performance and and applicability of materials.

RFI Responses must be submitted to H2Storage@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00 PM EDT on November 6, 2015.

For a link to the full RFI, click here

Community Energy Scotland Announces Notices for Provision, Installation and Maintenance of a Marinized Hydrogen Fuel Cell

On October 6, Public Energy Scotland published a notice of a contract for the provision, installation, and maintenance of a 'marinized' hydrogen fuel cell system.  The 75 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell will be used to produce usable heat and power at Kirkwall Harbour in Orkney, United Kingdom.  The contract specifies that the fuel cell must be suitably weather resistant for a harbor.

Contract applications are due by November 16, 2015. 

For a link to the full notice, click here.  

DOT Announces $22.5 Million in Additional Funding for Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment Program

On September 25, the Department of Transportation Federal Transit 
Administration (DOT FTA) announced the availability of $22.5 million in funding for its Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) to deploy low and zero emission buses (ZEV) across the country, including fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) powered by hydrogen.

The funding is available through grants posted in the Federal Register.  

Full grant applications are due by November 23, 2015. 

For a link to the full grant application page, click here.  For a link to the full press release, click here

NYSERDA Accepting Funding Applications for RPS Customer-Sited Tier Fuel Cell Program 

On January 5, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced a set of two funding opportunities for customer-sited fuel cells - one for a fuel cell system rated 25 kilowatts (kW) or less, and another for systems over 25 kW.  NYSERDA is making up to $50,000 available for fuel cell projects as part of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).  

Funding will be available until December 31, 2015.

For a link to the full Project Opportunity Notices (PON) for small and large fuel cell systems, click here and here, respectively. 
 
Part I Round 5 Applications for $4 Billion DOE Loan Program Due December 2

December 2 marks the next deadline for industries to submit their Part I application for the DOE's $4 billion in available loan guarantees for EERE Projects.  As a part of the President's Climate Action Plan, the DOE has allocated $4 billion in loan guarantees to promote EERE projects that avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies are eligible for the EERE loan program.  The five technology areas of interest under the solicitation are:
  • Advanced Grid Integration and Storage
  • Drop-in Biofuels
  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Enhancement of Existing Facilities
  • Efficiency Improvements 
DOE has due dates for the loan program on a rolling basis as follows:

Part I Due Dates
Round 5 - December 2, 2015

Part II Due Dates
Round 4 - November 4, 2015
Round 5 - March 2, 2016

For more information on the EERE loan program, click here.

In addition to the $4 billion loan guarantee program for EERE projects, DOE is also accepting applicants for its $8 billion Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitation and $16 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM)
loan program.

DOE Releases Funding Opportunity Announcement for Native American Clean Energy Projects, Including Fuel Cells

On September 2, the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy issued a $6 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian tribal lands to help combat the threat of climate change.  
Projects eligible include fuel cells in combined heat and power applications.

Full application submissions are due by December 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

For a link to the full FOA, click here

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