Sending Office: Honorable John B. Larson
Support Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Programs within the FY19 E&W Appropriations Bill
*This is a Programmatic Request*
Deadline: TODAY, March 13th COB
Current Signers: John B. Larson, Mike Doyle, André Carson, Steve Cohen, Jim Costa, Joe Courtney, Danny Davis, Mark DeSaulnier, Elizabeth Esty, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tulsi Gabbard, Alcee L. Hastings, Jim Himes, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson
Lee, Ann McLane Kuster, Alan Lowenthal, Jerry McNerney, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Bill Pascrell Jr., Scott Peters, Mike Quigley, Bobby L. Rush, Jan Schakowsky, Albio Sires, Jackie Speier, Paul D. Tonko, Mark Takano, Niki Tsongas
Please join us in support of funding fuel cell and hydrogen programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) in the FY19 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies are a part of a growing industry that is helping to solve some of our key energy challenges. By converting hydrogen or hydrogen rich fuels directly into electricity, fuel cells utilize domestic sources of energy in a highly
efficient manner with zero or few emissions. Stationary fuel cells provide continuous power that ranges from utility-scale projects to on-site distributed generation. In the transportation sector, fuel cells are powering an increasing number of vehicles, including
light, medium and heavy duty vehicles such as forklifts and buses.
These DOE programs have been instrumental in leveraging significant levels of private investment that has resulted in decreased costs of fuel cells and hydrogen production, increased efficiency, and improved durability.
As international competitors are prioritizing the development of their fuel cell industries, we must act to ensure that America remains the world leader in fuel cells. Continued focus on these technologies will allow us to build on the achievements of the
industry and to further develop this critical energy technology.
John Larson Michael Doyle
MEMBER OF CONGRESS MEMBER OF CONGRESS
March XX, 2018
The Honorable Mike Simpson
Chairman, Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee
U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Ranking Member, Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee
U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:
As Members of Congress with a strong interest and fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, we are writing in support of programmatic funding for these programs managed by the Department of Energy (DOE) for Fiscal Year 2019 contained in the Energy and Water Appropriations
We request funding of $101 million for the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) for hydrogen infrastructure, market transformation, and stationary applications. We also request $50
million for the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell activities under the Advanced Energy Systems program within the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), which are vital to completing work on utility-scale fuel cell technologies.
The activities managed by EERE benefit a host of fuel cell and hydrogen activities, including fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), which are the only zero-emission vehicles able to replicate today’s driving experience of a 300 – 400 mile range and a 3 – 5 minute refueling
time. Three manufacturers have already introduced FCVs, with thousands of vehicles on the road in California. At this stage, the partnership between government and industry continues to provide value, particularly with regard to hydrogen infrastructure.
The program also supports improvements to stationary fuel cell technology, which is being placed in service for small and large scale distributed generation. In these applications, fuel cells are being deployed for a variety of high-value, mission critical
systems including data centers, hospitals, and telecommunication infrastructure.
Additionally, warehouses and industrial users continue to acquire fuel cell forklifts and material handling equipment. The transition has helped businesses streamline operations and improve productivity. These industrial applications can be developed further
to maximize the use of hydrogen to run other applications including ground support equipment, battery vehicle range extenders, refrigerated trucks, and auxiliary power units.
The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell research activities managed by the Office of Fossil Energy will continue to refine systems that today are 60+% electric only efficient. This represents a 15% -22% improvement over modern, grid-scale natural gas fueled combined
cycle power plants, according to researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL).
Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies are a crucial part of an advanced energy portfolio that utilizes domestically available resources, improves the resiliency of our energy infrastructure, and reduces harmful emissions. In partnership with the Department
of Energy, industry has made enormous strides and with continued research, development, and advanced demonstrations we can build on these successes to fully realize the true benefits of this domestic technology.
Thank you for considering our request.
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