Timeline Prototype evaluation: within 1–2 years Target specifications achieved: within 5–10 years
Financials To be discussed based on proposals
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Hydrogen Storage Technology for Fuel Cell Microgrids
NineSigma, representing a large global manufacturer, seeks a partner in joint development of innovative technologies for a low-cost system to supply hydrogen to fuel cell microgrids. We are particularly looking for approaches that do not produce carbon dioxide during hydrogen storage/supply.
The Client seeks ways of supplying hydrogen to fuel cell microgrids that are used in small-scale facilities such as small buildings and convenience stores. Possible methods of hydrogen supply include the use of hydrogen-absorbing alloys, using an organic hydride or ammonia as a carrier, decomposition of utility gas, and use of high-pressure hydrogen tanks. Each has its pros and cons in terms of safety, storage capacity, and cost. From a standpoint of building a “decarbonized society,” it is also desirable to use approaches that do not cause additional production of carbon dioxide.
Meanwhile, recent rise in attention to hydrogen energy has given a boost to research on hydrogen storage technologies. With an aim to accelerate development by collaborating with a partner that works on relevant technologies, the Client has decided to make this RFP to call for technologies and ideas that have the potential of developing a low-cost CO2-free hydrogen supply system.
Key Success Criteria
A hydrogen storage system to be developed in medium- to long-term
Use: Supply of hydrogen to fuel cell microgrids used in buildings, small plants, convenience stores, etc.
Hydrogen supply cost (including system installation cost): ≤0.5 USD/Nm3
Purity of hydrogen stored/supplied: ≥ 99.99%
Storage/supply capacity per unit time: ≥100 Nm3/h
Maximum storage capacity: 10,000–100,000 Nm3
Safety is ensured
Preferably does not produce carbon dioxide during hydrogen storage/supply
Performance to aim for in prototype
System installation cost: ≤500,000 USD (not including development cost)
Hydrogen stored/supplied: Purity ≥ 99.99%
Storage/supply capacity per unit time: approx. 1–5 Nm3/h
Maximum storage capacity: approx. 100 m3
It is not necessary for all the requirements to be met at this point; we are open to a wide range of process technologies, materials, and ideas that have a good theoretical prospect of achieving the goals in the next 5–10 years.
Preferably able to provide a prototype within 1–2 years
Prototype: A hydrogen storage system or component with a capability of hydrogen storage/release, or generation
Able to provide rationale for the prospect of achieving the goals
The Client expects technologies such as the following approaches, but is open to others:
Hydrogen production by water splitting
Approaches not of Interest
The following approaches are not of interest:
Liquid hydrogen / high-pressure tanks
Provision of a material alone that does not have a function of hydrogen storage/release
Items to be Submitted
Please include the following items in your proposal:
Characteristics, principle, and uniqueness of the technology
Development stage: performance verified at a lab level, technology currently being established, or implemented for practical use
Cost of system installation
Cost of hydrogen supply
Maximum hydrogen storage capacity
Hydrogen storage/supply capacity per unit time
Durability (Number of times of repeated use, system life)
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
Overall scientific and technical merit
Approach to proof of concept or performance
Economic potential of concept
Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
Potential for proprietary position
Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.