Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Validation
Animated Map Correlates Fuel Cell Usage for Backup Power with Grid Outages
Learning Demonstration Validates Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles and Infrastructure in a Real-World Setting
NREL analyzed seven years of real-world validation data, validated key DOE technical targets, and published 99 composite data products.
Fuel Cell Analysis Helps Improve Status of New Technology
Manufacturers are developing fuel cells for a variety of applications. NREL durability and performance analysis helps developers identify areas for improvement.
Interactive Map Shows Cost of Producing Hydrogen from Wind
NREL analysis reveals the cost of producing hydrogen from wind-based water electrolysis at potential sites across the United States.
Technology validation is defined as confirmation that component and system technical targets have been met under realistic operating conditions. The NREL technology validation team works on validating hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles; hydrogen fueling infrastructure; and fuel cell use in early market applications such as material handling, backup power, and prime-power applications. The team also analyzes the current status of state-of-the-art laboratory fuel cell technologies, with a focus on performance and durability. This work supports the Department of Energy's hydrogen and fuel cell technology validation activity.
Technology validation projects involve gathering extensive data from the systems and components under real-world conditions, analyzing this detailed data, and then comparing results to technical targets. While the raw data is protected by NREL, analysis results are aggregated into public results called composite data products. These public results show the status and progress of the technology, but don't identify individual companies.
Visit the following pages to see project highlights, analysis results, and detailed reports and presentations from the hydrogen and fuel cell technology validation efforts underway at NREL:
- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Learning Demonstration
- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Evaluations
- Early Fuel Cell Market Demonstrations
- Fuel Cell Technology Status Analysis
- Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Analysis
- Stationary Fuel Cell Systems Analysis
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