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Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

Watch this video to find out how fuel cell technology generates clean electricity from hydrogen to power our buildings and transportation—while emitting nothing but water. Learn more about hydrogen and fuel cell technology basics.

Fuel cells produce electricity from a number of domestic fuels, including hydrogen and renewables, and can provide power for virtually any application -- from cars and buses to commercial buildings. This technology, which is similar to a battery, has the potential to revolutionize the way we power the nation while reducing carbon pollution and oil consumption.

The Energy Department is working to increase fuel cell deployment by supporting research into cheaper, longer-lasting fuel cells and increasing the production of hydrogen from domestic energy sources.


Wide Bandgap Semiconductors: Essential to Our Technology Future

Learn how wide bandgap semiconductor-based power electronics could impact clean energy technology and our daily lives.

Slideshow: Building a Better Future One Robot at a Time

High school students are incorporating cutting-edge manufacturing techniques into robots, while pushing the boundaries of research forward.

Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber
The Energy Department’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides clean energy companies and researchers with the opportunity to develop less expensive, better-performing carbon fiber materials and manufacturing processes. Pictured here is the carbon fiber conversion line with the in-line melt spinner. The melt-spinner will be used to produce new precursor fibers that will then be converted to carbon fiber. In collaboration with industrial partners, these fibers will be used to produce prototype composite parts for applications, such as automotive parts, wind turbine blades and thermal insulation. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Think you know about carbon fiber? Test your knowledge with our top 9 carbon fiber facts.

Ensuring American Leadership in Clean Energy Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the bedrock of the American economy, representing nearly 12 percent of our gross domestic product and providing good, high-paying jobs for middle class families. That's why the Energy Department is working to boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. | Photo courtesy of Alcoa.

A look at how we're working to boost U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing.

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Combined Heat and Power
Learn how combined heat and power could strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, lower energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.

Combined heat and power could help U.S. manufacturers save money, lower their energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. Find out more about this type of energy-efficient power generation.