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The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the trade association for the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry, and is dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users, and FCHEA members are helping to transform our energy future. FCHEA represents the full global supply chain, including universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.

FCHEA Activities

A summary of FCHEA's working group and committees, staffed by FCHEA and member representatives. 

FCHEA Activities

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association members lead activities through a number of Working Groups, Committees, and sub-group task forces. Through these groups, members have an opportunity to develop policies, interact with colleagues and opinion leaders, facilitate codes and standards development, and conduct education and outreach activities on behalf of the industry.

FCHEA Committees

 Government Affairs Committee

 The mission of the Government Affairs Committee is to educate decision makers and opinion leaders on federal and state policy initiatives and regulations that advance the commercialization of fuel cell technology and its accompanying infrastructure.  The goal is to be the voice of the industry regarding these matters, with a focus on U.S. federal and state activities.

 Communications & Marketing Committee

 The Communications & Marketing Committee is a forum for the industry’s communications professionals and is focused on expanding awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, primarily inside-the-beltway.  The primary activities of the Committee include coordinating new and traditional media outreach on various topics, meeting with journalists through desk-side briefings and bag-lunches, developing a communications content library, and holding a lessons learned / best practices forum.

FCHEA Working Groups 

Portable Power Working Group 

The Portable Power Working Group promotes the commercialization of portable fuel cell power systems by identifying key markets, removing barriers to deployment and transportation, and encouraging demonstration programs to promote acceptance and successful commercialization. The Portable Power Working Group is currently focusing on the regulatory arena, with emphasis on transportation regulations governing fuel cells and their fuels. 

Stationary Power Working Group 

The Stationary Power Working Group provides leadership, vision, and responsibility in promoting the use of fuel cells in stationary applications. Activities include policy briefs, regulatory comments, regulatory guidance documents development, and market outreach and development with potential end-users and government agencies. 

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Working Group 

The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Working Group serves to collate SOFC interests from FCHEA members to coordinate outreach and education strategies to advance SOFC technology.  Topics include discussion on market trends, coordination of government education, and outreach to potential end-user communities. 

Transportation Working Group

The Transportation Working Group promotes the use of fuel cell technologies in transportation by highlighting the benefits of the new technologies, stimulating the acceptance of fuel cell vehicles and associated infrastructure, and encouraging the removal of barriers to commercialization. The Transportation Working Group is working on international hydrogen fuel specification, public and policy maker education and the development of fuel cell codes and standards for transportation.

 Hydrogen Codes and Standards Task Force 

The Hydrogen Codes and Standards Task Force was formed as a Task Force under the Transportation Working Group to identify areas in code language which need attention to improve introduction of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies into the commercial market.

 National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Codes & Standards Coordinating Committee (NHFCCSCC) 

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association serves as Chair and Secretary for the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Codes and Standards Coordinating Committee (NHFCCSCC).  This multi-faceted committee meets monthly under the auspices of the US Department of Energy.  FCHEA members contribute to the agenda, provide key updates, and have the opportunity to interact with the latest issues and their protagonists directly.  The Committee is a forum for updates and input to facilitate fuel cell standards and regulations.

Members are routinely polled for comment submissions on standards and regulations during comment periods, along with their views toward adoption or rejection. In addition to active participation, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Codes & Standards Priority Matrix provides guidance to the Coordinating Committee regarding the priorities of the fuel cell industry.