A ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Memphis International Airport on April 9, 2015 marked the start of a two-year demonstration of the world’s first zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell powered ground support equipment.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced new tools developed in support of H2USA focused on hydrogen fueling infrastructure analysis. H2USA is a public private partnership founded in 2013 by DOE, along with automakers and other stakeholders, to address the key challenges of hydrogen infrastructure. H2USA’s mission is to promote the introduction and widespread adoption of FCEVs across America.
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are now commercially available, so car buyers have the option to drive these vehicles that run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline and emit only water from the tailpipe. FCEVs have the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change—just one of EERE’s Energy Impacts.
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are quickly becoming a commercially viable sustainable transportation option for Americans. Unlike gasoline-powered cars, these cutting-edge vehicles are fueled by hydrogen and emit only water. The latest and greatest FCEVs are on display this week at the Washington Auto Show. Learn more about how FCEVs work and what the Energy Department is doing to make them even more energy efficient and cost effective.
Fuel cells are an emerging technology that can provide heat and electricity to buildings and power for vehicles while emitting nothing but water. The Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, supports research and development (R&D) that improves the performance and lowers the cost of these systems. The office recently reached a major milestone, with 500 patents resulting from FCTO-supported R&D.
Fuel cell electric vehicles are now widely available in the United States. These passenger vehicles have the driving range, ease of refueling, and performance of today’s gasoline-powered cars while emitting nothing but water.
Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the 52nd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place last week. These awards identify and honor major technological breakthroughs each year. The categories cover industry, academia, and government research. This year, EERE-funded projects won six awards across four of our technology areas: Bioenergy, Fuel Cells/Solar, and Vehicles.
An Energy Department-supported project is addressing these problems by designing, building, and testing a mobile lighting tower powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is quiet and emits nothing but water while generating electricity.
From researchers to project managers to technical experts, there are dozens of EERE staff dedicated to supporting the research, development, and deployment of fuel cells. Thus, we were excited to test drive the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.