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Expeditionary Hydrogen On Ship & Shore (EHOSS)


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Project Description

Problem Statement


The U.S. Military’s ability to operate effectively in austere environments is directly tied to its logistical capabilities. Several military platforms such as vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems currently rely upon carbon-based fuels, such as JP5, JP8, and diesel, which are sourced far from the point-of-use and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. While fossil fuels are energy-dense, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) reliance represents a vulnerability, especially for operations in remote or contested environments. The use of hydrogen (H2) as an alternate fuel source could partly mitigate these challenges. 


H2 is not a 1:1 replacement for carbon-based fuels; however, it can be generated at the point-of-need with greatly reduced thermal and acoustic signatures. H2 also has capability advantages over some current full electric power supplies in terms of energy density, duration of discharge, operation in extreme cold, and rapid recharging. Recent advances in H2 fuel cells and H2 production have resulted in successful demonstrations of hybrid H2/electric power packs of unmanned vehicles. 


Proposed Solution 


The DoD seeks to prototype an integrated electrolysis-based H2 production, storage and distribution system capable of producing and dispensing a minimum of 20kg H2 in a 24 hour period at an efficiency using 100kW or less power.


The solution should:


  • Be entirely contained within a 20 foot container, to include the electrolyzer, one day’s worth of H2 storage, and any other equipment required for system operation (i.e., cooling capability). 
  • Be capable of operating on a ship or on shore, assuming sufficient and consistent availability of power. The solution should also assume sufficient access to potable water. 
  • Have onboard monitoring/control systems to provide instrument status and alarm to end users. 
  • Have H2 storage capable of delivery to systems or equipment at 350 bar (threshold) / 700 bar (objective), with an option of low-pressure delivery at 1 bar. The fill rates should be 60kg threshold and 100kg objective. 
  • Have the ability to produce H2 at a purity greater than or equal to 99.97%, in compliance with ISO 14687:2019 (H2 fuel quality – Product specification). 
  • Have an ISO 15869:2009 compliant carbon-fiber certified (U.S. Department of Transportation) pressure vessel or other certified H2 storage method shall be used as the H2 storage component. System should leverage standard and compatible connection interfaces for effective storage and distribution.


The government may accept teaming arrangements among submissions offering complimentary capabilities to achieve the desired effect. If appropriate, the government may request vendors to create integrated teams to combine solutions.

 

This is a prototyping effort utilizing or combining commercially available solutions to create a system for further testing and evaluation of this type of mobile H2 generation technology. 

Eligibility Requirements

Awarding Instrument


This Area of Interest solicitation will be awarded in accordance with the Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) process detailed within W15QKN-21-X-0KXD (DIU CSO), posted to SAM.gov on 02 Oct 2023. This document can be found at: https://sam.gov/opp/ff9c96498527401d9e568cd2f95b0e82/view.

  

Follow-on Production


Companies are advised that any prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement awarded in response to this Area of Interest may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of further competitive procedures. The follow-on production contract or transaction will be available for use by one or more organizations in the Department of Defense and, as a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the prototype OT. As such, any prototype OT will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: "In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 4022(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has been successfully completed, this competitively awarded prototype OTA may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”

Awarding Process

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Potential Follow-On Production Contract for Prototype Other Transaction Agreements

Companies are advised that any Prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement awarded in response to this solicitation may result in the direct award of a follow-on production contract or agreement without the use of further competitive procedures. Follow-on production activities will result from successful prototype completion.

The follow-on production contract or agreement will be available for use by one or more organizations within the Department of Defense. As a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the Prototype OT agreement. All Prototype OT agreements will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: “In accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 4022(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has successfully been completed, this competitively awarded Prototype OT agreement may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”

2023 Other Transaction Guide

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If we think there’s a good match between your solution and our DoD partners, we’ll invite you to provide us with a full proposal — this is the beginning of negotiating all the terms and conditions of a proposed prototype contract.

After a successful prototype, the relationship can continue and even grow, as your company and any interested DoD entity can easily enter into follow-on contracts.

Our Process

  1. We solicit commercial solutions that address current needs of our DoD partners.

  2. You send us a short brief about your solution.

  3. We’ll get back to you within 30 days if we’re interested in learning more through a pitch. If we're not interested, we'll strive to let you know ASAP.