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--- The UK government is offering grants for seven fully functional, hydrogen refueling stations for fuel cell vehicles. The UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ (OLEV) has selected Ricardo-AEA, in partnership with E4tech, to run the hydrogen refueling station competition. Grant funding of GBP 3.5 million ($5.3 million) will be provided through the scheme to develop up to seven new, fully functional, hydrogen refueling stations, with a further GBP 2 million ($3 million) being made available to upgrade up to eight existing ‘demonstration’ stations.
Ricardo-AEA will oversee the submission of infrastructure proposals through its online application portal, before technically reviewing the applications and making a formal recommendation to OLEV. Technical experts within Ricardo-AEA and E4tech will judge applications on how well they meet a range of criteria, including the role they will play in an early hydrogen network.
Once successful infrastructure candidates have been chosen, Ricardo-AEA will work with government to deliver the grant payments and monitor and report on the installation of new hydrogen refueling stations.
Due date March 6, 2015
---The US Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has issued a Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation, which would make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to support innovative, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the United States that reduce, avoid or sequester greenhouse gases. The solicitation is intended to support renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market ready.
Loan guarantees can be an important tool to commercialize innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies because these projects may be unable to obtain full commercial financing due to the perceived risks associated with technology that has never been deployed at commercial scale.
The solicitation seeks applications for projects that cover a range of technologies.
Applications will undergo a two-part review. The Part I submission provides DOE with a description of the project; technical information; background information on management, financing, construction, and operating strategies; and progress to date of critical path schedules. Part I will determine the initial eligibility of a project and whether it is ready to proceed. Applications that clear Part I then proceed to Part II, which includes the full application process. The Part II submission consists of the items summarized in Attachment A of the solicitation as well as other information that may be requested to facilitate DOE’s continued due diligence review.
In order to encourage submissions of complete applications as early as possible, Part II submissions will be systematically reviewed on a continuous basis as soon as they are received. However, final selection of qualified applicants will not occur until after all Part II submissions are competitively evaluated against all others submitted during the corresponding round of review.
Schedule of due dates begins October 1, 2014 and ends March 2, 2016 (see Solicitation)