Fuel cells, which work like batteries but don’t run down or need recharging, are ideal for powering material handling equipment, like forklifts and airport baggage carts, because they reduce recharging time and cut carbon pollution. Recent Energy Department reports indicate the fuel cell and hydrogen industry is continuing to grow. | Photo courtesy of Plug Power, Inc.
Last month, the Energy Department released three new reports that signal incredible growth in America’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry.
- The 2012 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report indicates the number of U.S. fuel cell shipments skyrocketed to 5,000 units last year from 1,000 shipments in 2008. Domestic fuel cell manufacturing also grew a whopping 60% compared to the previous year.
- The States of the States, Fuel Cells in America 2013 report shows California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and South Carolina are leading the way when it comes to supporting fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Delaware, New Jersey, Texas have also made tremendous strides in advancing fuel cell technologies.
- Pathways to Commercial Success: Technologies and Products Supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office highlights 40 new commercial technologies in the market and 65 emerging technologies that are expected to reach commercial scale within five years with support from the Energy Department.
Read these and other fuel cell and hydrogen reports in full.
The Energy Department, in collaboration with national laboratories and industry partners, is working to boost the fuel cell and hydrogen market even more. For example, the Energy Department recently announced $7 million for projects in Georgia, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee to help make hydrogen and fuel cell technologies more energy efficient and cost effective.