Skip navigation to main content.
NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
About NRELEnergy AnalysisScience and TechnologyTechnology TransferTechnology DeploymentEnergy Systems Integration

Fuel Cell Technology Status Analysis

Photo of two people superimposed on a screen capture of a chart.

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

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

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.

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.


Learn More

Subscribe to the biannual Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Validation newsletter, which highlights recent technology validation activities at NREL.

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:

  • Voltage Durability of Lab Data Sets
    CDP LAB 01, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Voltage Durability of Lab Data Sets at Various Voltage Drop Levels
    CDP LAB 02, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Comparison of Automotive Field and Lab Data Voltage Durability
    CDP LAB 03, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Lab Data Operation Hours and Number of Data Sets
    CDP LAB 04, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Comparison of MHE Field and Lab Data Voltage Durability
    CDP LAB 05, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Power Capability of Test Data Sets
    CDP LAB 06, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Operation Hours and Data Sets Operated Beyond 10% Voltage Degradation
    CDP LAB 07, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Projected Hours to 10% Voltage Degradation by Configuration and Test Condition
    CDP LAB 08, 4/1/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Configuration of Fuel Cell by Data Set Fuel Cell Usage and Operation Behavior
    CDP LAB 09, 3/26/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Average Projected Hours to 10% Voltage Drop Fuel Cell Usage and Operation Behavior
    CDP LAB 10, 4/1/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Projected Hours to 10% Voltage Drop by Category Fuel Cell Usage and Operation Behavior
    CDP LAB 11, 4/1/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Fuel Type by Data Set Fuel Cell Usage and Operation Behavior
    CDP LAB 12, 4/1/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Test Conditions by Data Set Fuel Cell Usage and Operation Behavior
    CDP LAB 13, 3/25/2013: PowerPoint | JPG
  • Current Density Point by Data Set Fuel Cell Usage and Operation Behavior
    CDP LAB 14, 4/1/2013: PowerPoint | JPG

Publications

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

Learn about NREL's other technology validation efforts.