“Fuel cell technologies are an important part of an all-of-the-above approach to diversify America’s transportation sector, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase our competitiveness in the global market,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson. “By bringing together key stakeholders from across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen industry, the H2USA partnership will help advance affordable fuel cell electric vehicles that save consumers money and give drivers more options.”
H2USA launched at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review last week. Through H2USA, the partners will focus on identifying actions to encourage early adopters of fuel cell electric vehicles, conduct coordinated technical and market analysis, and evaluate alternative fueling infrastructure that can enable cost reductions and economies of scale. CaFCP is among the partners that include government, industry, associations, and regional consortiums.
Much of this work is already happening at CaFCP, but on the local scale with state government support. Although the structure and activities of H2USA are still being defined, the new partnership will consider infrastructure, hydrogen production and vehicle deployment at a national level. It will also look at how other fuel cells deployments, such as back-up power and material handling, can help pave the way for mainstream hydrogen vehicle infrastructure.
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