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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.

Alkaline Fuel Cell (AFC)

Fuel Cell Types

Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies are a growing market, finding applications for nearly every power need, from charging consumer electronics to providing tens of megawatts of power to the utility grid. These many application utilize several different types of fuel cell systems, each finding their own niche based on their inherit benefits.  The fuel cell powering a car needs to be small enough to fit inside the vehicle and start up quickly, whereas systems with high operating temperature can be advantageous for an office building wishing to use the excess heat during cold weather. 


Listed below are a few of the most commonly used fuel cells and the characteristics that make them unique.