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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

EERE leads U.S. researchers and other partners in making transportation cleaner and more efficient through solutions that put electric drive vehicles on the road and replace oil with clean domestic fuels.

EERE leads U.S. researchers and other partners in making transportation cleaner and more efficient through solutions that put electric drive vehicles on the road and replace oil with clean domestic fuels.

Image of the back of hydrogen fueling stations inside a black fenceline.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is the lead federal agency for applied research and development (R&D) of cutting edge hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. DOE supports R&D that makes it cheaper and easier to produce, deliver, and store hydrogen, while also working to lower the costs of fuel cells and improve their durability and performance. Today, critical components—such as membrane electrode assemblies—are more reliable, while using one-fifth the platinum of earlier versions. DOE's efforts have reduced high-volume manufacturing costs for automotive fuel cells by more than 35% since 2008 and more than 80% since 2002, while doubling their durability. DOE has also validated more than 180 fuel cell electric vehicles on the road, logging more than 3.6 million miles.

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office addresses the full range of barriers facing the development and deployment of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with the ultimate goals of decreasing U.S. dependence on oil, reducing carbon emissions, and enabling clean, reliable power generation.

EERE'S WORK IN HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES

Hydrogen Production
Producing hydrogen from domestic resources while minimizing environmental impacts and decreasing costs

Hydrogen Delivery
Delivering hydrogen from centralized or distributed sites safely and efficiently

Hydrogen Storage
Storing hydrogen while ensuring fuel cell electric vehicles and systems meet customer performance expectations

Fuel Cells
Converting hydrogen to electrical or thermal power for vehicles or other applications, including electricity for buildings

Manufacturing
Developing processes and technologies that reduce the costs of manufacturing fuel cell components and systems and will enable a robust domestic industry

Systems Analysis
Developing methodologies and resources to help understand the complex interactions between components, systems, costs, energy efficiency, environmental impacts, societal impacts, and system trade offs

Technology Validation
Testing advanced technologies and innovative solutions through systems validation in real-world environments

Market Transformation
Accelerating commercialization and promoting early adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies