U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office – Fuel Cells

Fuel Cell R&D Activities

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The Fuel Cell Technologies fuel cell research and development (R&D) activities are aimed at reducing fuel cell system cost and size and improving the performance and durability of fuel cell systems for transportation and for small stationary and portable applications. Most of this research focuses on advancing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems with emphasis in areas such as fuel processing (reforming) technologies, improved catalyst and membrane designs, and improved air, thermal, and water-management systems.

The program supports fuel cell R&D in three primary areas:

Additional DOE fuel cell activities include: