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Fuel Cell Technology Status Analysis

Get Involved

Fuel cell developers interested in collaborating with NREL on fuel cell technology status analysis should send an email to NREL's Technology Validation Team at techval@nrel.gov.

NREL's analysis of fuel cell technology provides objective and credible information about new fuel cell technologies with a focus on performance, durability, and price. As demand for fuel cells grows, U.S. manufacturers are developing these technologies for a variety of applications. NREL helps the development community understand the current status of fuel cell technologies, identify areas for improvement, and set realistic price expectations for small-volume production.

Technology Analysis Process Overview

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NREL engineers at work in the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center.

Participating fuel cell developers securely share pricing information about their fuel cell products and/or raw fuel cell test data—related to operations, maintenance, and safety—with NREL via the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC). NREL engineers perform uniform durability analyses on the detailed data and then report on their findings, providing proprietary data analysis results to individual developers and aggregated results to the public.

Composite Data Products

By aggregating data from numerous developers, NREL creates composite data products (CDPs) that provide relevant data results on the technology status without revealing proprietary data or specific companies. The following CDPs focus on fuel cell usage and operation behavior:

Publications

The following publications provide more information about NREL's fuel cell technology status analysis efforts.

More Information

Learn about NREL's other technology validation efforts. Subscribe to the biannual Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Validation newsletter, which highlights recent technology validation activities at NREL.

Refer to the Fuel Cell Technology Status Analysis Project: Partnership Opportunities fact sheet for information about opportunities for industry to participate in NREL's fuel cell technology performance, durability, and price analysis.

Contacts

If you are interested in working with NREL's National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center, please contact NREL's Technology Validation Team at techval@nrel.gov.

For more information about NREL's fuel cell technology status analysis, contact Jennifer Kurtz.