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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $30 million in Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) funding for a new program focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation.

The DOE reports that ARPA-E's Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) program will develop fuel cell technology for distributed power generation to help improve grid stability, increase energy security and balance intermittent renewable technologies while reducing CO2 emissions associated with current distributed generation systems. The program targets low-cost distributed generation technologies using electrochemical power generation that can also act as storage devices, the DOE adds.

According to the DOE, REBELS projects will focus on developing intermediate-temperature fuel cells through fuel-activation approaches and low-cost materials to facilitate widespread distributed power generation. The DOE notes that REBELS projects will also explore multi-functional fuel cell systems that can store energy like a battery or use electricity to convert natural gas to liquids.

The DOE says ARPA-E is encouraging scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines and technology sectors to form new project teams for REBELS applications and projects.

More information can be found here.

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