Ready to help build our clean energy future with a career in hydrogen and fuel cells? The U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) is dedicated to enabling clean energy pathways across multiple applications and sectors of our economy.
HFTO partners with the national laboratories, industry, and academia to research, develop, demonstrate, and deploy technologies for the entire life cycle of clean hydrogen—including its production, storage, delivery, and use. And these efforts are integrated with a portfolio of activities to overcome non-technical barriers to the large-scale use of clean hydrogen.
Our success will help contribute to a broad range of benefits for the environment, for our nation's energy security, and for our domestic economy—including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, expanded use of renewable power (through use of hydrogen for energy storage and transmission), highly efficient energy conversion, fuel flexibility (use of diverse, domestic fuels, including clean and renewable fuels), reduced air pollution, and highly reliable grid support.
Since its inception, HFTO has transformed the state of the art by:
- Reducing the cost of clean hydrogen—including 80% reduction in the cost of electrolyzers
- Lowering the costs of hydrogen storage
- Improving the durability and lowering cost of fuel cells
- Spurring dramatic transformations of early markets for hydrogen fuel cells, such as forklifts and backup power.
If you are passionate about developing innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges of the climate crisis, apply to join our team!
There are many other ways to get involved too. There are a number of internships, fellowships, and graduate and postdoctoral opportunities available through the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). While these are not defined or advertised as hydrogen-specific positions, fellows accepted into these programs may be able to pursue their fellowship opportunity with HFTO, depending on skills and interest.
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