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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Basics

Photo of vehicle filling up at renewable hydrogen fueling station.

NREL's hydrogen fueling station dispenses hydrogen produced via renewable electrolysis.
Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

NREL researchers are working to unlock the potential of hydrogen as a fuel and to advance fuel cell technologies for automobiles, equipment, and buildings. View the Hydrogen Program video on NREL's YouTube channel to learn more about the basics of NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research and development.

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) fueled by hydrogen are poised to play an important role in our nation's portfolio of sustainable transportation options. FCEVs offer long ranges and fast refueling, and emit only water vapor.

Renewable resources—such as solar, wind, and biomass—are just some of the domestic resources available for producing hydrogen.

Managed by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Alternative Fuels Data Center provides introductory information about hydrogen and fuel cell technologies: