February 4 (Renewables Now) - The US government will provide up to USD 64 million (EUR 57.9m) to finance research and development (R&D) projects that will further expand the country’s hydrogen (H2) market.
The funding will be extended by the Department of Energy (DOE) with the goal to open new markets for the so-called H2@Scale initiative -- a concept that explores the potential for wide-scale hydrogen deployment in various applications. It is also expected to lift the scale of hydrogen production from the current 10 million tonnes per year.
The deadline for submitting concept papers is February 25, 2020. Full applications are due by April 20, 2020.
Up to USD 15 million of the total funding will go for projects aiming to cut the cost of H2 from MW- and GW-scale electrolysers, while an additional USD 15 million will target cost reductions of compressed gas and hydrogen storage tanks by advancing carbon-fibre technology.
Some USD 10 million will be channelled for advancing the development of domestically manufactured fuel cell components and up to USD 8 million are earmarked for R&D on the use of hydrogen in steel manufacturing.
The development of concepts for using hydrogen in maritime and data centre applications will be backed by up to USD 14 million, while up to USD 2 million will go for training and workforce development in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.905)