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April 15th, 2009

DOE pumping $42 million into fuel cells

Published on April 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org
Peterbilt truck with "hotel" powered by Delphi APU fuel cell

Peterbilt truck with "hotel" powered by Delphi APU fuel cell

DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced today that it would target $41.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for fuel cell development.

The money will be doled out to 12 companies for 14 projects in 10 states (see below). Some of the funding is to subsidize the purchase of fuel cell vehicles (by companies like FedEx and Anheuser-Busch), while other funds are earmarked for R&D projects. The companies are expected to kick in over $72 million as their share of the projects.

According to the DOE, the allocations will “improve the potential of fuel cells to provide power in stationary, portable and specialty vehicle applications, while cutting carbon emissions and broadening our nation’s clean energy technology portfolio.”

The agency says about 1,000 fuel cell systems will be installed for emergency backup power and material handling applications. DOE says PEM, SOFC and direct-methanol fuel cells will be funded.

DOE Fuel Cell Funding:

State Recipient Amount 
Purpose
Arkansas FedEx $1.3 M Lift trucks
California Jadoo Power $1.8 M 1-kW generators
PolyFuel $2.5 M Fuel cell miniaturization
Colorado Anheuser-Busch $1.1 M Lift trucks
Massachusetts East Penn Manu. $1.1 M Lift trucks, fuel storage
Michigan Delphi $2.4 M Commercial trucks
New York MTI Fuel Cells $2.4 M 1-W consumer electronics power packs
Plug Power $3.4 M Combined heat & power
Plug Power $2.7 M Backup power
Pennsylvania GENCO $6.1 M Lift trucks
Texas Sysco $1.2 M Pallet trucks
Virginia Sprint $7.3 M Communication system backup power
Washington ReliOn $8.6 M Communication system backup power and data reports

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