WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $9 million in new funding to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for use in applications including backup power systems.

DOE said projects selected for funding will demonstrate, deploy, and validate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in real-world environments. These efforts are aimed at reducing the costs of hydrogen and fuel cells, expanding critical infrastructure, and building a solid domestic supplier base. Selected projects will represent a variety of applications with potential for widespread commercialization.

Project topic areas include:

Rooftop installations of hydrogen fuel cell backup power systems: Projects selected under this topic area will focus on demonstrating the viability of fuel cell-powered rooftop backup power systems.

Hydrogen meter R&D: Projects under this topic area will support the development of highly accurate meters used to measure the mass of dispensed hydrogen fuel.

DOE will make available up to $9 million for up to eight projects from industry, academia, and national labs. More information, application requirements, and instructions can be found at

Publication date: 6/24/2013

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