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National Hydrogen Day Activities and Events

NREL to Lead New Consortium to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials for Hydrogen Production

Eric Parker

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has formed a new consortium with five other national labs intended to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. The consortium, named HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN), also includes Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Savannah River National Laboratory. 

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Linde Blog Post: Seven reasons why hydrogen and fuel cells are ready for our highways

Eric Parker

Seven reasons why hydrogen and fuel cells are ready for our highways

Posted by Michael Beckman on Oct 7, 2015 3:42:27 PM

With energy demands rising and the challenges associated with climate change, the time has come to focus on a clean, economical and commercially viable way to power cars and trucks.

 Hydrogen, anyone?

Congress, for one, considers hydrogen-powered fuel cells a very promising answer for powering the Nation’s cars and trucks. That’s why it proclaimed October 8, 2015 as the first National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

 The advantages are many:

 1)  Hydrogen is already being used successfully to power city transit bus services, forklifts in factories and a growing number of commercial trucks and consumers’ cars around the world. In addition, hundreds of businesses in North America have enhanced their efficiency by powering facilities, warehouses and data centers with fuel cells.

2) The emissions from a fuel cell vehicle consists of nothing more than water. When proponents say zero harmful emissions, they’re not exaggerating.

3) Hydrogen has already been deployed as an industrial gas for over one hundred years and large volumes are used across the widest range of applications every day.

4) The infrastructure challenges are being solved to the point where the average consumer in targeted geographies can easily and quickly fuel their hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. This is evidenced by the recent opening of two new hydrogen fueling stations in California with 30 more opening in the next year or two.

5) When you build it (the infrastructure) they will come: Conservative industry estimates call for more than 34,000 hydrogen-powered cars to be on the roads in California by 2021, with continued significant growth.

6) The world is behind hydrogen: Many of the innovations aimed at establishing a viable, sustainable hydrogen fueling infrastructure were developed in close collaboration with key industry players  and with funding from the European Commission and national governments in countries such as the US, Japan and Germany. These advances are bringing the vision of sustainability within reach, especially in the expanding road transport/mobility sector.

7) The cosmos is behind hydrogen tooHydrogen comprises some 90% of the visible universe by some estimates. It’s the raw fuel that most stars 'burn' to produce energy. The same process, known as fusion, is being studied as a possible power source for use on Earth.

Hydrogen, as it turns out, is an efficient – and possibly ideal - medium to store energy generated from both traditional and renewable sources, especially those subject to fluctuations (wind, solar), then delivering that energy efficiently to where it’s needed. When generated from regenerative sources, it creates a zero-emissions hydrogen-water-hydrogen cycle that balances the desire for mobility and transportation with the need for climate protection.

And by the way, as Congress considered what day to make National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, it settled on October 8 because that date reflects the element’s atomic weight: 1.008.

For a link to the full post, click here.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Ride and Drive at San Francisco Fleet Week

Connor Dolan

CaFCP staff will take part in the 2016 annual Charge Across Town EV Test Drive during Fleet Week and National Hydrogen Day on October 8-9 at Pier 27 in San Francisco, CA. FREE ‘ride and drives’ in the latest electric vehicles, including plug-in, battery, and fuel cell EVs. CaFCP staff will have the 2016 Toyota Mirai, Hyundai Tucson FCV, Mercedes Benz BClass F-Cell in the test drive and the 2017 Honda Clarity on display.

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Altergy Celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Connor Dolan

Today, Altergy joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day by marking the growth of the industry and raising awareness of the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating reliable and resilient power, improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing America’s energy security.

 

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Capital Capital Capital Tour in Photos

Eric Parker

In commemorating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, representatives from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and Toyota Motor Company drove a Toyota Mirai on a Capital-Capital-Capital tour from the nation's capital in Washington, D.C., to the capitals of Richmond, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland.

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