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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.

In Transition

Fuel Cell Customers - Medium and Heavy-Duty Transportation

Connor Dolan

Various corporate actors are introducing fuel cell-powered medium- and heavy-duty vehicles into their commercial fleets as a way to increase sustainability. Whether operating entirely on a fuel cell powertrain or in combination with lithium-ion batteries, these vehicles demonstrate the strengths of using hydrogen to power deliveries and long-distance transportation.

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Fuel Cell Customers - Power Generation

Connor Dolan

Fuel cells address several needs in the power generation sphere, with the capacity to scale from individual units to megawatt (MW)-scale installations. Whether fueled by natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen, the power generation technology reduces emissions when compared with coal and other traditional fuels. It also provides a resilient source of energy that keeps critical facilities and infrastructure, such as hospitals and data centers running around the clock.

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Fuel Cell Customers - Material Handling

Connor Dolan

The material handling industry has moved towards fuel cells because they provide benefits for warehouses, ports and other localized operations. The efficiency of refueling and consistent, reliable power generated from fuel cells simplifies logistical challenges by reducing space requirements and scheduling limitations.

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Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen Energy Storage

Connor Dolan

Hydrogen energy storage is a process wherein the surplus of energy created by renewables during low energy demand periods is used to power electrolysis, a process in which an electrical current is passed through a chemical solution in order to separate hydrogen. Once hydrogen is created through electrolysis it can be used in stationary fuel cells, for power generation, to provide fuel for fuel cell vehicles, injected into natural gas pipelines to reduce their carbon intensity, or even stored as a compressed gas, cryogenic liquid or wide variety of loosely-bonded hydride compounds for later use.

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European Union Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Programs

Connor Dolan

The European Union has been instrumental in advancing the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and have plans to further push the industry towards commercialization. For countries going to great lengths to advance their hydrogen economies, EU programs have provided the assistance necessary for them to achieve their goals.

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Scandinavia Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jackson Carr

The Northern European nations of Scandinavia, which include Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland, have been at the leading edge of energy efficiency and decarbonization efforts throughout the 21st century. Working alongside industry leaders and the European Union’s (EU) Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), Scandinavian countries have been taking steps to further incorporate hydrogen and fuel cell technology into their energy profiles.

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Canada Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jack Chaben

While the luster of hydrogen may have dulled after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Canada has since renewed its efforts at promoting a clean and sustainable energy future through widespread government collaboration with the country’s hydrogen and fuel cell industries.

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France Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jack Chaben

As France looks to transition to cleaner and more renewably-sourced energy, fuel cells and hydrogen have become prominent technologies, and through government policy and industry innovation, they are helping to advance both France and Europe’s progress to clean energy.

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Germany Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jackson Carr

Germany has certainly fulfilled its first objective of positioning themselves as international leaders in fuel cell and hydrogen energy. With the third-largest funding program for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, Germany is in an opportune position to further commercialize fuel cell and hydrogen technology in 2019 and beyond.

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Japan Fuel Cell Developments

Jack Chaben

The prospects for a clean and sustainable energy future in Japan continue to increase as both the government and many private sector companies further their commitments to hydrogen and fuel cells.  Japan’s vision is that fuel cells, as a power source for several modes of transportation, as well as stationary and mobile applications, will allow the country to diversify and strengthen its energy infrastructure. 

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South Korean Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jack Chaben

In the past few years, South Korea has emerged as a strong proponent of fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Between supportive government ventures and innovation from local industry, the country is positioned to become a global leader in fuel cell technology.  

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United Kingdom Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jackson Carr

In her June 21, 2017 speech to Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II announced that her government would introduce an “Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill”. In the year and a half since the bill’s introduction, the country’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry has seen some impressive developments. Here are some recent updates in the UK, in both the transportation and stationary power sectors.

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Chinese Fuel Cell Industry Developments

Jackson Carr

To meet the ambitious CO2 emissions reductions goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, the Chinese government has invested heavily in clean and renewable energy in recent years. As part of this strategic goal, China has started to play a significant role in manufacturing and deploying hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

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Traffic Signals, Railroads, and Public Safety

Justin Lewis

This week’s In Transitions discusses how hydrogen fuel cells can help ensure crucial signaling and communications equipment for railroads, motorways, and other transportation networks stay up and running when natural disasters and other emergencies shut down the electric grid.

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UAVs and UUVs

Justin Lewis

While unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology has advanced substantially, fuel cells and hydrogen energy have shown that further improvements can be made to performance, efficiency, and run time. 

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Onshore Power

Connor Dolan

Docked ships also contribute greatly to greenhouse gas emissions at ports by using auxiliary diesel power systems. Just as zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells can replace greenhouse gas-emitting power sources for ships at sea, they can also serve as an excellent Alternative Maritime Power source to keep ship operations on shore green.

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Fuel Cell-Powered Port Vehicles

Justin Lewis

The maritime industry’s reliance on fossil fuels extends beyond the water to the shores and ports as well. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy provide the long run time, quick refueling, and quiet, efficient power required to meet the fast-paced and constantly moving demands of ports. 

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Fuel Cell-Powered Data Centers

Justin Lewis

Data centers are an increasingly vital component of today’s digital technology-driven economy. The growth in demand for telecommunications and computing capability has created a need for reliable data management, and with it, a market opportunity for fuel cells.

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