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FY 2018 DOE Annual Performance Report / FY 2020 Annual Performance Plan

Jan 25, 2021

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 DOE Annual Performance Report / FY 2020 Annual Performance Plan outlines the Department of Energy's (DOE) program performance from FY 2014 to FY 2018 and sets targets for FYs 2019 and 2020. It meets statutory requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act, reflecting enacted appropriations for FY 2018 and FY 2019, and the FY 2020 Budget Request level.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Department of Energy (DOE) Annual Performance Report and FY 2020 Annual Performance Plan discusses hydrogen in various contexts, including research, development, and performance goals. Here are the key mentions of hydrogen in the report:

  1. Hydrogen Cost Goals (Pages 72-73):

    • The ultimate target for hydrogen to be cost-competitive with gasoline is $4/kg, with $2/kg for production and $2/kg for delivery. This would enable a 27¢/mile Levelized Cost of Driving (LCD).

  2. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Program (Pages 73-74):

    • The HydroGEN EMN Consortium focuses on materials discovery and development for four pathways to generate hydrogen via advanced water splitting (AWS): low temperature electrolysis, high temperature electrolysis, photoelectrochemical, and solar thermochemical.

    • The program aims to improve catalyst activity of Platinum Group Metal (PGM) free catalysts, with a target of 44 mA/cm^2 by 2025. In 2018, the performance exceeded the target with 27 mA/cm^2 (Page 74).

  3. Delivery and Dispensing Cost (Pages 72-73):

    • The program has a performance goal to reduce the cost of hydrogen delivery and dispensing.

  4. Fuel Cell Power and R&D Consortia (Page 228):

    • Efforts to improve the catalyst specific power of fuel cells and the selection of Manufacturing Research and Development Consortia for negotiation to demonstrate advanced material and process technologies.

  5. Reduced Hydrogen Fueling Station Capital Cost (Page 212):

    • The report mentions a reduction in the modeled hydrogen fueling station capital cost by up to 40% through innovative pressure consolidation approaches.

  6. PGM Free Catalysts Development (Page 74):

    • Efforts to improve the catalyst activity of PGM-free catalysts, with future efforts needed to improve catalyst durability.

  7. Liquefaction and Delivery (Pages 72, 71):

    • Mention of goals related to hydrogen delivery and dispensing costs.

Overall, the report highlights the DOE's commitment to advancing hydrogen technologies, focusing on cost reduction, efficiency improvements, materials development, and the promotion of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier. The efforts are aligned with broader goals of energy sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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