How to Celebrate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day: A Letter to All Stakeholders

October 1, 2018

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Dear Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Stakeholders,

The fourth Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day will take place on October 8, 2018, and we hope you'll join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in raising awareness and celebrating advances in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. Aptly chosen to represent hydrogen's very own atomic weight of 1.008, DOE, industry organizations, national laboratories, and state and government agencies will be commemorating Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on 10/08 with a variety of communications activities and outreach events throughout the week and across the country.

Hydrogen and fuel cells have come a long way! Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and it can be produced from all of our nation's energy resources including natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables. Today, we use hydrogen in industrial applications including petroleum refining, ammonia production for fertilizers, and steel production, as well as a fuel in fuel cells to generate power for homes or to drive cars, buses, or trucks. With technological advances and scientific breakthroughs, hydrogen use could be expanded and made more affordable across multiple applications such as energy storage, running large turbines at power plants, supporting grid flexibility and enabling baseload operation of nuclear plants, as well as increased renewable power generation.

With over 5,000 hydrogen fuel cell cars on the road, nearly 40 hydrogen stations up and running in select U.S. regions, and over 240 MW of fuel cell backup power installed across over 40 states, this is a really exciting time to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to keep the momentum going.

We encourage you to celebrate with us and offer some suggested activities:

  • Go on social media to share facts, stats, or photos about hydrogen and fuel cell technology and/or about any hydrogen and fuel cells project you are involved with. Don’t forget to use hashtags #FuelCellsNow and #HydrogenNow.
  • Share the knowledge by giving a hydrogen and fuel cells presentation in your community, classroom, or workplace. You can use the Increase Your H2IQ resource to get you started.

To learn more about hydrogen and fuel cells and the R&D work the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office does to enable this exciting technology, please visit our website.

We hope you’ll join us in spreading the word and celebrating the growth and accomplishments in hydrogen and fuel cells.

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office