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November 2, 2016
A rendering of a finalist's hydrogen fueling system from the H-Prize. SimpleFuel's system (built by  Ivys, PDC Machines, and McPhy North America) has already produced and dispensed over 70 kg of hydrogen--enough fuel to drive a fuel cell car 4,200 miles. | Photo courtesy of Ivys Inc.
H2 Refuel Competition Makes Progress

With fuel cell cars hitting the roads now, the need for places to fuel them is becoming a critical challenge. That‘s why, in addition to supporting hydrogen station technology R&D, the Energy Department launched the H2 Refuel H-Prize in October 2014. This competition challenges American innovators to develop small-scale hydrogen generation and refueling systems. These systems could support the growing retail infrastructure by providing ways to fuel hydrogen vehicles at people’s homes, community centers, or businesses.

October 12, 2016
On the Verge of a Hydrogen Tipping Point?

Across the country this past week, scientists and engineers have been celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Aptly chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was celebrated for the first time on October 8, 2015 and this year we’ve keeping the momentum going.

October 7, 2016
H is for Hero: Five Little-Known Hydrogen Superpowers

In honor of Hydrogen Day, check out some of H2’s many uses and find out how the National Labs are studying ways to harness its powers to help solve the nation’s energy challenges.

October 6, 2016
These fuel cell units above are an example of the technology Byron McCormick helped develop during his 50-year career at the Energy Department. | Photo courtesy of Plug Power
3 Questions with a ‘Founding Father’ of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Byron McCormick

In honor of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8, we sit down with Byron McCormick, one of the “founding fathers” of hydrogen and fuel cells, to talk about his experiences during his more than 50-year career. Byron began his career in 1974 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he first explored the possibility of using fuel cells in vehicles.

August 11, 2016
A CO2 laser melts a rod of solid sapphire and draws a sapphire optical fiber. Sapphire has a high melting point, which can withstand the brutal conditions inside gas turbine engines and solid oxide fuel cells. | Photo courtesy of National Energy Technology Laboratory.
The Rugged World of Harsh Environment Sensors

National Lab scientists are building special sensors to see and hear inside turbine engines, boilers, gasifiers and fuel cells.

July 19, 2016
How to Fill Up Your Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
5 Things to Know When Filling Up Your Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Filling up your fuel cell electric vehicle is just as easy as filling up a gasoline powered car. The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers five tips to follow when filling up at a hydrogen fuel station for the first time.

July 11, 2016
D.C. Showcases Cutting-Edge Hydrogen Fueling Station Demo

The Department of Energy and the Department of Interior’s National Park Service have officially opened a new technology demonstration hydrogen refueling station in Washington, D.C. This hydrogen station should help grow and advance the benefits of hydrogen power as a fuel, and highlight the benefits of fuel cell electric vehicles firsthand throughout the region.

June 30, 2016
First-Ever Sustainable Transportation Summit to Talk Future of Transportation, Energy, and Mobility

The inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit will serve as a forum to share ideas and perspectives on opportunities to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of advanced transportation technologies and smart mobility systems over the next decade.

June 8, 2016
A hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco. | Photo courtesy of the California Fuel Cell Partnership
A Closer Look at Hydrogen Refueling

What’s the difference between a hydrogen refueling dispenser and a traditional gasoline dispenser that you see at your local gas station? Not that much, actually. A hydrogen refueling dispenser is used to power a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). But instead of using a combustible gas-powered engine, a FCEV carries a fuel cell onboard that uses hydrogen to power an electric motor which makes the car run.

June 6, 2016
Glenn Rambach, a former Energy Department employee with a 45-year career between Sandia National Laboratories and Livermore National Laboratory. He led a DOE-funded joint project to design, build and operate a combined wind, solar, hydrogen, fuel-cell energy storage facility.| Photo courtesy of Glenn Rambach
10 Questions with Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expert Glenn Rambach

Glenn Rambach is a world-renowned expert in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. He talks about the history of fuel cells, what he's seen in his 45-year career, and what he thinks the future has in store for fuel cell electric vehicles.