Plans, Implementation, and Results

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office carries out technology research, development, and deployment through an ongoing process of planning and analysis, implementation, and review. This Web page includes links to documents that support and document the program management process, and the results and public benefits that derive from it.

  • Overview

    Learn more about this EERE Office.

  • Plans

    Discover the plans, budgets, and analyses that set the direction of office priorities and activities.

  • Implementation

    Find out how the office controls, implements, and adjusts its plans and manages its activities.

  • Results
    Learn about the technological, commercial, and other outputs and outcomes that result from the public funds appropriated to the office and managed by it.

Overview

Key Office Overview Documents


  • Program Accomplishments
    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) efforts have greatly advanced the state of the art of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies—making significant progress toward overcoming many of the key challenges to widespread commercialization. DOE has also m
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Hydrogen Production
    This 2-page fact sheet provides a brief introduction to hydrogen production technologies. Intended for a non-technical audience, it explains how different resources and processes can be used to produce hydrogen. It includes an overview of research
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Hydrogen Distribution and Delivery Infrastructure
    This 2-page fact sheet provides a brief introduction to hydrogen delivery technologies. Intended for a non-technical audience, it explains how hydrogen is transported and delivered today, the challenges to delivering hydrogen for use as a widespread
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Market Transformation
    This Fuel Cell Technologies Program fact sheet outlines current status and challenges in the market transformation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Hydrogen Storage
    This 2-page fact sheet provides a brief introduction to hydrogen storage technologies. Intended for a non-technical audience, it explains the different ways in which hydrogen can be stored, as well as the technical challenges and research goals for
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Hydrogen Safety
    This 2-page fact sheet, intended for a non-technical audience, explains the basic properties of hydrogen and provides an overview of issues related to the safe use of hydrogen as an energy carrier.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Hydrogen Technology Validation
    This fact sheet provides a basic introduction to the DOE Hydrogen National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration for non-technical audiences.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells
    The fuel cell — an energy conversion device that can efficiently capture and use the power of hydrogen — is the key to making it happen.
    Details Bookmark & Share

Structure and Key Contacts


Office News


Plans

Strategic Plans


  • DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan (September 2011)
    The Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan outlines the strategy, activities, and plans of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program, which includes hydrogen and fuel cell activities within the EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Program and
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Technology Roadmaps


Multiyear Program Plans


  • Multiyear Research, Development and Demonstration Plan
    The Fuel Cell Technologies Office Multi-Year Research, Development, and Demonstration (MYRD&D) Plan describes the goals, objectives, technical targets, tasks, and schedules for all activities within the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office, which is p
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Office Budgets


  • Fuel Cell Technologies Budget
    The Fuel Cell Technologies Office receives appropriations from Energy and Water Development. The offices's major activities and budget are outlined in this Web page.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Budget
    Budget information for hydrogen and fuel cell research, development, and other activities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is provided here. Included are budgets for DOE's Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Nuclea
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Analysis (Risk, Benefit, Portfolio)


  • Systems Analysis Sub site
    Systems analysis provides direction, focus, and support for the development and introduction of hydrogen production, storage, and end-use technologies, and provides a basis for recommendations on a balanced portfolio of activities.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Analysis Repository
    The Analysis Repository is a compilation of analyses and analytical models relevant to assessing hydrogen fuel and fuel cell issues. Projects in the repository relate to: hydrogen production, delivery, storage, fuel cells, and hydrogen vehicle techno
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Status and Outlook for the U.S. Non-Automotive Fuel Cell Industry: Impacts of Government Policies and Assessment of Future Opportunities
    Non-Automotive Fuel Cell Industry, Government Policy and Future Opportunities. Fuel cells (FCs)are considered essential future energy technologies by developed and developing economies alike. Several countries, including the United States, Japan, Ger
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Full Fuel-Cycle Comparison of Forklift Propulsion Systems
    Fuel-cycle technical report by Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Fuel Cycle Comparison for Distributed Power Technologies
    This report examines backup power and prime power systems and addresses the potential energy and environmental effects of substituting fuel cells for existing combustion technologies based on microturbines and internal combustion engines.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Analysis of the Transition to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles and the Potential Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Requirements, March 2008
    Achieving a successful transition to hydrogen-powered vehicles in the U.S. automotive market will require strong and sustained commitment by hydrogen producers, vehicle manufacturers, transporters and retailers, consumers, and governments. The intera
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Implementation

Technology Evaluations


Deployment and Diffusion


  • 2012 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report
    This report describes data compiled in 2013 on trends in the fuel cell industry for 2012 with some comparison to previous years.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2013
    This October 2013 report, written by Fuel Cells 2000 and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office, continues to build on the April 2010 State of the States report that provided a snapshot of fuel cell and hydr
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

In-Progress Peer Reviews and Process Assessments


  • Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report
    Each year, hydrogen and fuel cell projects funded by DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program are reviewed for their merit during an Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • U.S. DRIVE
    U.S. DRIVE, which stands for United States Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability, is an expanded government-industry partnership among the U.S. Department of Energy; USCAR, representing Chrysler Group LLC, F
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • 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 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on DOE's hydrogen research, development, and demons
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • U.S. Government Accountability Office Report
    In January 2003, the administration announced a 5-year, $1.2 billion Hydrogen Fuel Initiative to perform research, development, and demonstration (R&D) for developing hydrogen fuel cells for use as a substitute for gasoline engines. Led by the Depart
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Stage Gating


Internal Controls, Project Tracking, and Progress Reports


  • DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report
    These progress reports summarize the year's hydrogen and fuel cell R&D and analysis activities and accomplishments. This work was conducted by industry, academia, and national laboratories for the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and the offices o
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • 2009 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activities, Progress, and Plans: Report to Congress
    The Department of Energy is conducting a comprehensive and focused program that fulfills the provisions of Title VIII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT). The Department’s Hydrogen Program addresses the full range of barriers facing the developm
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Graduations, Redirections, Terminations, Watch-List


Results

Commercial Outcomes


  • Pathways to Commercial Success: Technologies and Products Supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office - 2013
    This FY 2013 report updates the results of an effort to identify and characterize commercial and near-commercial (emerging) technologies and products that benefited from the support of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office and its predecessor programs wi
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

Technical Outcomes


Case Studies


  • Case Study: Fuel Cells Increase Reliability at First National Bank of Omaha
    A case study of the First National Bank of Omaha fuel cell system, covering 1999 through October 2009. The system reduced heating bills by more than $1 million.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Highlights from U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Recovery Act Projects
    This fact sheets highlights U.S. Department of Energy fuel cell projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). More than 1,000 fuel cell systems have been deployed through Recovery Act funding.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • DOE-DOD Emergency Backup Power Fuel Cell Installations
    Ths fact sheet describes a collaboration between the departments of Energy and Defense to install and operate 18 fuel cell backup power systems across the United States.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Fuel Cell Bus Takes a Starring Role in the Burbank Bus Fleet
    This fact sheet reports on the City of Burbank, California's fuel cell bus demonstration project and the U.S. Department of Energy's involvement.
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Small Business Innovation Research Award Success Story: FuelCell Energy Inc.
    This success story describes FuelCell Energy Inc., a small business that manufactures stationary fuel cells. In collaboration with Sustainable Innovations LLC, and with support from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award from the U.S. Depa
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Small Business Innovation Research Award Success Story: Proton Energy Systems
    This success story describes Proton Energy Systems, a small business that designs and manufactures proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis sytems to produce hydrogen from water. The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program has s
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share

  • Case Study: Fuel Cells Provide Combined Heat and Power at Verizon's Garden City Central Office
    This case study describes how Verizon's Central Office in Garden City, NY, installed a 1.4-MW phosphoric acid fuel cell system as an alternative solution to bolster electric reliability, optimize the company's energy use, and reduce costs in an envir
    (more)
    Details Bookmark & Share