Energy Department Report: Federal Investments Supporting Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Industry Innovations
December 6, 2012
On December 5 the Energy Department released a new report on advanced fuel cell technologies that are helping American businesses reduce their energy costs and drive new market opportunities in the United States. The report, titled Pathways to Commercial Success: Technologies and Products Supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Program, finds that 36 commercial technologies supported by the Department have entered the global market, and identifies another 65 emerging technologies that are expanding U.S. leadership in this growing global industry.
Another Energy Department report released earlier this year also highlighted the significant growth of the U.S. fuel cell industry in 2011, particularly in the materials handling industry. The 2011 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report found that more than 3,000 fuel cell forklifts were either deployed or on order in the United States last year.
The Energy Department continues to support research and development that expands the country's growing fuel cell industry and will help further reduce costs and improve performance. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, more clean energy patents are associated with fuel cell technologies than with any other clean energy technology, with over 950 fuel cell patents issued last year.
The report issued this week was compiled by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and funded by the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Read the Pathways to Commercial Success: Technologies and Products Supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Program report.