CFS Award Announcement:

Chemours Awarded $10 Million from DOE's Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program

Funding From the Department of Energy Will Support Research and Development of Advanced Electrolyzer Components to Accelerate Commercialization


MARCH 21, 2024 


Washington, D.C. — Capitol Funding Solutions (CFS) is pleased to announce that The Chemours Company was awarded $10 million in competitive funding through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program. The project will accelerate the progress and critical testing of high-performance membranes for proton exchange membrane water electrolysis for clean hydrogen production.  



Project Title: Durable, High-Performance Membranes for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysis 

Project Manager: Andrew Park 

Project Location: Newark, DE 

     The Chemours Company (Chemours), in partnership with Cummins Electrified Power NA Inc. and the University of Delaware, will use the awarded funding to demonstrate a high-performance, gigawatt-scale membrane for water electrolysis with proven longevity. The project will advance the development of a commercial-scale membrane for water electrolysis, building upon a seedling project that developed new membranes and testing protocols where membranes exceeded DOE performance targets at beginning of life. Funding from this program will ensure the progress and ability for a single membrane to reach DOE 2026 efficiency targets (3 A/cm2 at 1.8 V/cell) and lifetime targets (80,000 hours). 

     Key innovations within the project include: 1) novel reinforcements, 2) understanding performance, durability, and selectivity tradeoffs between ionomer chemistry and equivalent weight, 3) advances in gas recombination catalysts and radical scavengers, 4) unique comparison between dispersion-casting and extrusion-casting processing methods, 5) purpose-developed accelerated stress tests for chemical, mechanical, and combined stressors, 6) modeling to project membrane lifetime, 7) mechanical tests probing failure modes, and 8) techno-economic analysis. These advancements will achieve urgent commercialization timelines, while contributing to significant fundamentals knowledge and short stack durability testing with innovation in membrane construction.  



Program: Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program 

Topic Area: Electrolyzer Component and Supply Chain Development 

Agency: Department of Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office 

     The Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aims to invest in research, design, development, and demonstration (RDD&D) activities that reduce the cost of clean hydrogen. This initiative funds projects to advance electrolyzer technologies, manufacturing processes, and equipment used in producing, processing, delivering, storing, and using clean hydrogen. The program's goals include improving the efficiency and durability of electrolyzers, reducing production costs to less than $2 per kilogram by 2026, advancing manufacturing technologies for clean hydrogen production and use equipment and promoting innovative approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  

Read more about the FOA here.  

View the full list of awards here. 



The Chemours Company (Chemours) is a different kind of chemistry company, driven to create a better world through the power of their chemistry. Committed to practicing responsible chemistry and finding solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, Chemours provides solutions for industries ranging from automotive, paints, and laminates, to advanced electronics, construction, energy, and telecommunications. Chemours is thousands of employees strong, with 35 manufacturing and laboratory sites worldwide that serve customers in approximately 120 countries.  

Learn more about Chemours here 



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