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Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

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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.

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NASCAR Green Gets First Place in Daytona 500
At this year's Daytona 500, four fuel cell generators will power some of the broadcast cameras and spotlights, demonstrating how the technology could help NASCAR save money on fuel costs. This technology was beta-tested during the IMSA Rolex 24 race weekend last month. | Photo courtesy of P.T. Jones, Oak Ridge National Lab.

Behind the scenes at the Daytona 500, fuel cells will be providing NASCAR with a cleaner, more efficient option for powering broadcast cameras and lights.

Top 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Fuel Cells
Zero Emission Bay Area (ZEBA) -- a group of regional transit agencies in Northern California -- operates twelve, zero-emission, fuel cell buses in real-world service throughout the Bay Area’s diverse communities and landscapes.  | Photo courtesy of Leslie Eudy, NREL.

Test your fuel cell knowledge with these little-known facts.

Fueling the Next Generation of Vehicle Technology
Professor Jack Brouwer, Associate Director and Chief Technology Officer of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, points out the tri-generation facility that uses biogas from Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant to produce hydrogen, heat and power. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.

Learn how fuel cell technologies are vital to our nation's future energy and transportation economies.