International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy

The United States is a founding member of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), which was created in 2003 to foster international cooperation on hydrogen and fuel cell R&D, common codes and standards, and information sharing on infrastructure development. The IPHE's 17 partners organize, evaluate, and coordinate multinational research, development, and deployment programs that will advance the introduction of fuel cells and hydrogen infrastructure at a global scale. The U.S. served as chair of the steering committee from 2003 through 2007 and is continuing its active participation as a vice-chair of the steering committee. U.S. representatives also lead several work groups of the IPHE Implementation Liaison Committee.

Since it was formed, IPHE has succeeded in establishing an effective operational structure to facilitate international collaboration and networking both among researchers and at the highest levels of government. With IPHE's help, nearly all partner countries have either completed or initiated roadmaps or national strategies for hydrogen and fuel cell R&D. In addition, IPHE has leveraged resources by endorsing 30 international collaborative projects, co-labeled over 13 workshops and conferences, and sponsored a series of workshops on topics ranging from hydrogen storage to infrastructure issues. More information on IPHE can be found at http://www.iphe.net.

Learn more about the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy. Some of the following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.

Commercialization and Development

The IPHE 2010 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Global Commercialization Development Update report outlines the role hydrogen and fuel cells can play in a portfolio of technology options available to address the energy-related challenges faced by nations around the world. It offers examples of real-world hydrogen and fuel cell applications and the progress of the technologies, including government policies that increase technology development and commercialization. (November 2010).

Joint Statements

In addition to preparing for the IPHE, the U.S. is working bilaterally with countries to develop cooperative plans for research and development of technologies to advance the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. To this end, the U.S. has signed several Joint Statements.

Points of Contact

For more information about the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, please contact:

IPHE Secretariat:

secretariat@iphe.net

DOE Contacts:

Michael Mills
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-6653
michael.mills@ee.doe.gov

Sunita Satyapal
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20585
202-586-2336
sunita.satyapal@ee.doe.gov