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

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Market Transformation

Significant research and development progress has paved the way for fuel cells to enter today's commercial marketplace for a variety of applications, including specialty vehicles and stationary and portable power. The growing number of commercial products, in combination with the federal and state financial incentives available now, are instrumental in supporting the role that fuel cells play in our nation's energy portfolio.

Through its market transformation efforts, the Fuel Cell Technologies Office seeks to accelerate the commercialization and promote the early adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. See the program's market transformation fact sheet.

Accelerating the use of fuel cell technologies in early market applications supports commercialization and helps build a domestic manufacturing and supplier base. It also expands the growth of the green job market, with new opportunities in manufacturing, fuel cell maintenance and support systems, and hydrogen production. And by providing reliable field operations data and increasing user confidence, early market deployments will help overcome non-technical challenges to the expansion of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies into the broader vehicular marketplace.

Program activities focus on:

  • Demonstrating and deploying hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in early market applications for which there is a business case
  • Providing lessons learned on real-world implementation
  • Eliminating non-technical barriers to widespread deployment
  • Increasing opportunities for market expansion.

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