In its first-ever round of discretionary funding awards, the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M2FCT) Consortium has granted nearly $1 million to five universities to move forward with innovative hydrogen research projects that can respond to the nation’s need to address the Climate Crisis.
The 2-year awards are as listed below:
- State University of New York Buffalo, $200,000: Integrating Highly Durable Carbon Supports and Intermetallic PtCo Catalysts for Heavy-Duty MEAs
- UC Irvine, $175,000: Materials and Design Solutions for PEMFC Durability
- Drexel University, $200,000: Advanced PILBCP Ionomer Composites for Durable Heavy Duty PEMFCs
- UC Merced, $150,000: Characterization and Simulation of Interfacial Transport Phenomena in the Membrane-Electrode Assemblies using Rheo-impedance and Imaging Diagnostic Tools
- Florida International University, $200,000: Real-Time Continuous Monitoring of Ionomer Degradation with Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor (ISFET) Microsensors
“The funding will be used to augment existing work within the consortium, including new materials and characterization technique development,” Weber said. “It will broaden M2FCT’s impact and move the needle on making fuel cells for long-haul trucking a reality by increasing fuel-cell efficiency and durability.”
The M2FCT Consortium is made up of five national laboratories and various industrial, academic, and other laboratory partnerships. It is co-led by LBNL's (Berkeley Lab’s) Adam Weber and LANL's Rodney Borup. The M2FCT core laboratories also include Argonne National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Approximately 60 researchers across the national laboratories are involved in M2FCT research.
The purpose of M2FCT is to overcome durability and efficiency challenges in the development of proton-exchange-membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), a type of fuel cell being developed mainly for transport applications, as well as for stationary and portable fuel-cell applications. The consortium is focusing on PEMFCs for heavy-duty applications with an initial focus on long-haul trucks. M2FCT works to support collaborative research related to fuel-cell efficiency and durability provides technical expertise and harmonizes activities with industrial developers across the Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Technology Office's HDV PEMFC portfolio, which is located in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
This is M2FCT’s first round of discretionary funding, and more is expected in the future. Check our website for updates and future announcements.
SuperTruck 3 will fund five heavy vehicles manufacturers with a combined $127 million to pioneer electrified medium- and heavy-duty trucks and freight system concepts to achieve higher efficiency and zero emissions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program is hosting its first Hydrogen Shot Summit on August 31 and September 1, 2021.
The two-day summit will bring together stakeholders from industry, research, academia, and government to identify pathways to meet DOE’s Hydrogen Shot of $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade. The summit will also feature breakout sessions covering multiple hydrogen production pathways and other topics, including:
- Thermal conversion with carbon capture and storage
- Advanced pathways
- Deployment and financing.
The Hydrogen Shot Summit will be a virtual event. More information, including an agenda and registration details, will be available soon.
Learn more about DOE’s Hydrogen Shot.
M2FCT consortium announced a Funding opportunity that seeks to increase academic and national laboratory involvement with M2FCT researchers and bring them into the consortium as PIs.
Check the announcement page for additional information.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Energy Earthshots Initiative aims to accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade.
The first Energy Earthshot, launched June 7, 2021—Hydrogen Shot—seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade ("1 1 1")
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Shot Summit convened thousands of stakeholders online to introduce the Hydrogen Shot, solicit dialogue, and rally the global community on the urgency of tackling the climate crisis through concrete actions and innovation. The Hydrogen Shot Summit was held virtually August 31 and September 1, 2021.
To realize the fuel-cell durability goals for heavy-duty applications more effectively and to accelerate the research output, M2FCT has formed a working group on the discussion and development of Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) of fuel cells and their components. Please check our ASTWG outreach page for more information on the objectives and our partners.
In commemoration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M2FCT) consortium to advance fuel cell truck R&D.
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.