As 2020 draws to a close, this is a great time to reflect on a few examples of progress and exciting news items from the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program over the course of the year:
- Approximately $64 million went to 18 projects and will enable new markets for [email protected] through HFTO, as well as collaborations with EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing and Vehicle Technologies Offices. Specific activities will spur large-scale hydrogen utilization at ports and data centers and across industrial sectors like steel-making.
- A successful collaboration between DOE’s Nuclear Energy Office and HFTO resulted in a $26 million investment that will support two efforts to demonstrate nuclear power to hydrogen through electrolysis.
- The research community, government, and the private sector came together in a number of workshops, including the [email protected] Workshop, to identify research and development (R&D) gaps, opportunities, and next steps to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at airports. Examples included unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft, and ground support applications.
- Collaborations among industry and other federal agencies were strengthened through various mechanisms, including a memorandum of understanding to work with industry to collect and validate data, as well as a multi-agency announcement from DOE, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security to support the H2Rescue truck for disaster relief missions.
- Increased global interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies was evident during the first virtual International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Global Forum, which reached nearly 3,000 people and brought together government ministers and other leaders to discuss how they see hydrogen as a key part of their energy strategies.
- IPHE’s Education and Outreach Working Group also launched the first of its kind Early Career Network run by students, postdocs, and early career professionals interested in hydrogen and fuel cells. The Network has members from over ten countries.