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Key Activities

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office conducts work in several key areas to advance the development and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Research, Development, and Demonstration

Key areas of research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) include the following:

To ensure that advances in the laboratory can be realized in the marketplace, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office conducts a range of activities to address economic and institutional barriers:

Advisory Panels

The National Research Council and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee provide technical and programmatic advice for DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Selected in June 2006, committee members advise the Energy Secretary on issues related to hydrogen and fuel cell technology development. For more information about HTAC, its committee members, and related publications, visit the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program website.

National Research Council

The National Academy of Sciences, through its National Research Council (NRC), reviews the research and demonstration programs of DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program every fourth year as directed by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The NRC is administered jointly by the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine through the NRC Governing Board. For more information about NRC and related publications geared toward DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program, visit the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program website.

Working Groups

These working groups involve DOE-funded researchers and provide a forum to facilitate research and communication related to various aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technology development. Visit the links for information about ongoing work, technical targets, meetings, and contacts.

Systems Integration

The breadth and complexity of the overall Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program RD&D effort, as well as the interaction of program elements, requires an integrated approach to reduce risk and maximize the potential for success. The focus of systems integration is to understand the complex interactions among program areas, components, and the tradeoffs between them.

International Activities

Cooperative hydrogen and fuel cell technology R&D will play a central role in advancing the transition to widespread adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

International Energy Agency

Member countries across the globe address the technological, financial, and institutional barriers to widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells.

International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy

This multinational partnership coordinates research, development, and deployment programs to advance the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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Content Last Updated: 03/05/2013