U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have won 33 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine, including three supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office. DOE also received a special recognition award for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The annual R&D 100 Awards are given in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year. The awards were presented on Friday, November 17, in Orlando, Florida.

“These awards demonstrate the incredible value that our national laboratories continue to provide to our nation, and show why the Department of Energy is one of the largest supporters of technology transfer in the federal government,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “The ingenuity and innovation at our national labs helped unleash the American energy revolution, and are showing the way to a more secure and more prosperous future.”

FCTO-supported projects include:

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY: Researchers are developing Clean-Energy Electrocatalysts Without Precious Metals as an alternative to the prohibitively expensive platinum and platinum-group metal (PGM) catalysts currently used in fuel cell electrodes to make the next-generation of fuel cells cost effective.

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY: Zirconia Electrochemical Hydrogen Safety Sensor is a low-cost, reliable hydrogen safety sensor for vehicle and infrastructure applications to protect the new-energy economy.

OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY: Innovative filler materials minimize the residual stresses and distortions caused by the heating and melting processes of welding and 3D printing. The filler material is designed to counterbalance thermal shrinkage and control residual stresses and distortions without heat treatments. This technology is being evaluated for use in hydrogen pipelines.