NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research is lowering the cost and increasing the scale of technologies to make, store, move, and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors.

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Our work supports the U.S. Department of Energy's H2@Scale vision for hydrogen to be a central component for a clean, sustainable, efficient, and economic energy system through the following research thrusts.

NREL is developing advanced technologies to lower the cost of hydrogen production via electrolysis, photoelectrochemical conversion, solar thermochemical conversion, and biological conversion.
NREL is developing durable, efficient fuel cell technologies for long-life, high-use applications and infrastructure technologies for fast and safe fueling of heavy-duty fuel cell trucks, rail, and marine vessels.
NREL provides systems analysis and integration expertise to help partners use clean hydrogen for steel manufacturing, production of ammonia and other fuels and chemicals, natural gas blending, and seasonal storage of renewable power.
NREL’s Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform will support demonstration of large-scale hydrogen production, storage, and delivery systems and show how hydrogen can stabilize the future electricity grid. NREL also supports large-scale partner demonstrations and deployments through data collection, analysis, and dissemination.

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