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December 14, 2010

Hydrogen Bus Lets Lab Visitors Glimpse Future

The hydrogen bus uses the same basic technology as a conventional gasoline-powered engine but runs on renewable hydrogen.

October 25, 2010

New Report Identifies Ways to Reduce Cost of Fuel Cell Power Plants

A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory details technical and cost gap analyses of molten carbonate fuel cell and phosphoric acid fuel cell stationary fuel cell power plants and identifies pathways for reducing costs.

October 18, 2010

NREL's Hydrogen-Powered Bus Serves as Showcase for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

NREL uses its hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine bus as the primary shuttle vehicle for VIP visitors, members of the media, and new employees. The U.S. Department of Energy funded the lease for the bus to showcase hydrogen's role in our nation's portfolio of sustainable transportation options.

July 28, 2010

Fuel Cell Buses Show Significant Increase in Durability and Reliability

NREL first began evaluating hydrogen-fueled transit buses in 2000. Over the years, NREL has collected and analyzed data on nine early generation fuel cell buses operated by four transit agencies in the United States. In 2007, one of the manufacturers replaced the early generation fuel cell power systems in five of the buses with newer systems that featured improvements based on lessons learned during prior operation. According to NREL's evaluation, these current generation systems show significant improvements in durability and reliability.

June 17, 2010

NREL Garners Awards for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research and Development

NREL staffers and subcontractors received awards at the Annual Merit Review.

June 3, 2010

Putting the Forklift before the Horseless Carriage

In warehouses across the nation, hydrogen fuel cells are being tested in forklifts to see how the emerging technology fares compared to conventional batteries in cost, performance, and safety.

April 21, 2010

International Collaboration Focuses on Hydrogen Safety Sensors

Scientists and engineers at NREL's Safety Sensor Test Laboratory are collaborating with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre to assess the performance of various hydrogen sensor technologies.

April 12, 2010

Fuel Cell Bus Fills up at NREL's Hydrogen Fueling Station

Thanks to a new fueling agreement, drivers with NREL approval can now fill up their hydrogen-powered vehicles at the hydrogen fueling station.

February 8, 2010

NREL Evaluates Fuel Cell Technologies in Early Market Applications

NREL staffers are assessing the performance of fuel cell systems in real-world operation.

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