ARKANSAS, Dec 18 (Future Headlines)- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a funding opportunity, marked by the release of a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0003213), making up to $59 million available to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of affordable clean-hydrogen technologies. The funding aims to support projects that will contribute to reducing the cost and improving the performance of critical elements of hydrogen infrastructure, demonstrating innovative end-use applications for clean hydrogen, and enhancing processes essential to the efficient and equitable deployment of clean hydrogen technologies.

Administered by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) within the DOE, the funding opportunity seeks to advance key areas within the hydrogen sector, with a focus on fueling infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) vehicles and other heavy transportation applications. The funding will also support the development and demonstration of hydrogen-based zero-emissions equipment for seaport facilities, addressing challenges related to siting, permitting, and installation, and improving community engagement and outreach to ensure environmental justice (EJ) and equitable deployment of clean hydrogen systems.

Components for Hydrogen Fueling of MD/HD Vehicles: Seeks proposals for the development of advanced components facilitating gaseous and/or liquid hydrogen fueling at refueling stations for MD/HD hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Standardized Hydrogen Refueling Station of the Future: Invites proposals to develop and demonstrate a low-cost, standardized, and replicable advanced hydrogen fueling station designed to meet the needs of commercial-scale MD/HD truck fueling.

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Port Equipment: Seeks proposals for the design, development, and demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell port applications, such as cargo-handling equipment or systems providing shore power to docked vessels.

Enabling Permitting and Safety for Hydrogen Deployment: Calls for proposals to identify primary challenges related to siting, permitting, and installation across the hydrogen value chain, aiming to pinpoint opportunities to address these challenges.

Equitable Hydrogen Technology Community Engagement: Invites proposals to enhance the capacity of DOE and DOE-funded projects to conduct effective community engagement activities. Funded projects will directly engage with disadvantaged communities to understand concerns and provide essential information about hydrogen and related technologies. The goal is to develop lessons learned and best practices on Community Benefits Plans.

Duration and Structure of Financial Assistance Awards: The financial assistance awards will be structured as cooperative agreements with periods of performance ranging from approximately two to four years. The cooperative agreements aim to foster collaboration among academia, industry, and national laboratories across multiple technical disciplines. Additionally, the DOE encourages the inclusion of diverse entities, such as minority-serving institutions, in the applicant teams.

Teaming Partner List: To facilitate the formation of project teams, the DOE is compiling a teaming partner list. This list serves as a platform for organizations interested in participating in a project to express their interest to other applicants and explore potential partnerships. The list will be regularly updated to reflect new teaming partners providing organizational information.

Broader Implications and Industry Impact: The funding opportunity aligns with the broader national and international efforts to advance hydrogen technologies and their role in achieving clean energy goals. By supporting RDD&D activities, the DOE aims to drive innovation, enhance the performance and affordability of hydrogen technologies, and contribute to the long-term viability of clean hydrogen systems. The emphasis on environmental justice and community engagement reflects a commitment to ensuring an inclusive and equitable transition to clean hydrogen solutions.

Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White