The US is demonstrating leadership in clean-energy innovation
and providing businesses with more affordable, cleaner
transportation and power options.
According to three new reports, the US continues to be one of
the worlds largest and fastest-growing markets for fuel
cell and hydrogen technologies. In 2012, nearly 8% of total
investment in the global fuel cell industry was made in US
Building a (US) fuel cell and hydrogen technologies
industry over the past few years is helping to pave the way
to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future that protects
air and water, gives businesses more transportation options
and reduces oil dependence, said Energy Secretary
As part of an all-of-the-above energy approach, fuel
cell technologies are paving the way to competitiveness in
the global clean-energy market and to new jobs and business
creation across the country.
With support from the DOE, private industry and the
DOEs national laboratories have already achieved
significant advances in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
These research and development (R&D) efforts have helped
reduce automotive fuel cell costs by more than 50% since 2006
and by more than 30% since 2008.
At the same time, fuel cell durability has doubled, and the
amount of expensive platinum needed in fuel cells has fallen
by 80% since 2005.
Building on this progress, the DOE recently awarded over $7
million to help bring cost-effective, advanced hydrogen and
fuel cell technologies online faster. The three DOE reports
detail continued strength in the US fuel cell and hydrogen
technologies market as well as efforts by domestic businesses
and states to increase competitiveness in this growing global
According to a report, the DOEs fuel cell R&D
efforts over the last decade have helped manufacture about 40
new commercial technologies, support 65 new technologies that
are expected to reach commercial-scale within the next three
to five years and issue more than 450 US patents.