DOE Releases Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan (2010 Draft) for Public Comment

    October 21, 2010

    Update: The Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan was published in September 2011.

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the release of a draft version of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan. This document outlines the strategy, activities, and plans of DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program, which is part of DOE’s diverse efforts for addressing the critical energy challenges facing the nation. It is initially published as a draft to solicit feedback from relevant stakeholders, with a final version to be published in FY 2011.

    The plan describes the Program’s activities—which are conducted to overcome the technical, institutional, and economic barriers to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and portable applications. The plan also identifies the specific obstacles that each Program activity addresses, the strategies employed, key milestones, and future plans for both individual activities and the Program as a whole. The plan updates and expands upon previous editions of the Hydrogen Posture Plan, issued in 2006 and 2004, and continues to serve the purposes for which those documents were developed. It reflects the significant progress and changes that have taken place within DOE and the broader research community to date.

    After the final version is published, the Program will continue to periodically revise the plan, along with the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) plans of participating program offices, to reflect technological progress, programmatic changes, policy decisions, and updates based on external reviews.