An Overview of Activities in the Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office

A. Wilson
U.S. Department of Energy,
United States

Keywords: fuel cell, hydrogen, power generation

Summary:

The U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program engages in comprehensive efforts to enable the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across the country, in order to promote reliable power generation, to expand U.S. manufacturing opportunities and create jobs, and to decrease our dependence on oil. These technologies offer a critical pathway for sustaining the transportation and power sectors in a manner that is complementary to other technologies, like batteries, and that is flexible enough to utilize diverse fuel supplies. The release of the first fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 was a landmark for the industry; however, ongoing work continues to address the challenges associated with fuel cell design, hydrogen storage, production, and delivery, and other complementary needs in technology validation, systems analysis and integration, safety codes and standards, and education. This talk will give an overview of the broad progress that the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has made in these areas, including launching and awarding the $1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize, demonstrating the world's first fleet of hydrogen fuel cell airport ground support equipment, establishing several national-laboratory-led consortia in key R&D areas, and supporting the H2USA public-private partnership through the national laboratories to develop financial assessment tools for hydrogen infrastructure.