Program Areas

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office is the lead federal agency for directing and integrating activities in hydrogen production, storage, and delivery with transportation and stationary fuel cell activities. The program conducts its research, development, and validation activities through interrelated program elements. These elements and their focus are summarized as follows:

  • Hydrogen Production—Production of hydrogen from domestic resources minimizing environmental impacts
  • Hydrogen Delivery—Distribution of hydrogen from centralized or distributed sites of production
  • Hydrogen Storage—Storage of hydrogen (or its precursors) on vehicles within the distribution system
  • Fuel Cells—Conversion of hydrogen to electrical or thermal power; use of hydrogen to power vehicles, for auxiliary power units for vehicles, and stationary and portable applications
  • Technology Validation—Technical validation of systems in real-world environments
  • Manufacturing—Research and development of processes and technologies that will reduce the costs of manufacturing
  • Safety, Codes & Standards—Safety assurance and facilitation of the development of model codes and standards for domestic and international production, distribution, storage, and utilization of hydrogen
  • Education—Education of key target audiences—including teachers and students, state and local governments, safety and code officials, and the public—about the benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Market Transformation—Identification of strategic opportunities to grow early markets and direct assistance in the deployment of commercial and near-commercial systems
  • Systems Analysis—Understanding the complex interactions among components, system costs, energy efficiency, environmental impacts, societal impacts, and system trade-offs