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Fuel Cells to market?

DOE has outlined a Market Transformation strategy for demonstrating the commercial viability of fuel cell power in applications for which there is a business case, and com­municating the potential environmental and economic benefits of the clean energy technologies.  Current results of an ongoing multiyear study of fuel-cell powered vehicles, supported by the DOE EERE [abstract and full text in OSTI’s Information Bridge] were published in February 2012. The report includes recommendations to the Energy Department about needs for investigation during the remaining 3-4 years of the study and about ways to commercialize the technology. 

Read about the many technologies and products supported by DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program in Pathways to Commercial SuccessRead more about fuel cell research found in OSTI Collections.

By Kathy Chambers, OSTI Staff

Related Topics: EERE, fuel cells, Information Bridge (IB)


Fuel cell vehicle…working toward an enviro-friendly car of the future


Fuel cell vehicle…working toward an enviro-friendly car of the future

Hydrogen fuel cells are being widely tested as a potential for meeting future transportation needs.

In the technical report, Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, available from the Information Bridge, the U.S. Department of Energy, Mercedes-Benz & Research Development, North America (MBRDNA), Chrysler, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), BP, DTE Energy and Next Energy endeavor to substantiate fuel cell technologies for infrastructure and transportation as well as evaluate technology and commercial market suitability. Tests were performed through the operation and fueling of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in practical situations, including variations in climate, topography, and driving conditions.

The Team deployed 30 GEN I and 20 GEN II fuel cell vehicles to over 37 customers located in various regions in the United States, which provided real-world lessons for the future of the overall program. This report and many others are available on this topic…find them at the DOE Information Bridge.


Related Topics: energy, fuel cells, Information Bridge (IB)


Fine tuning fuel cells

Researchers are finding ways to fine tune fuel cells to make them affordable, reliable, efficient and commercially competitive. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers have discovered ways to improve the fuel cell terminal surface area of solid oxide fuel cells and found novel methods to synthesize large batches of nanotubes to increase fuel cells’ output.

A NETL supported 2011 Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop reports significant research advances made in fuel cells such as the availability of advanced membranes and ionomers and progress in producing alkaline membrane cells that don’t require precious metals. Perhaps most encouraging is the report of the significant acceleration of interest and the amount of research in fuel cell technology. Fine tuning fuel cell technology is an exciting and growing field of scientific study. Read more from the DOE Office of Science.

Related Topics: alkaline membrane cells, fuel cells, nanotubes, OSTI collections, oxide