Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Collaborations

NREL leads and participates in multiple hydrogen and fuel cell science and technology collaborations, including U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives, national lab R&D consortia, and other external research collaborations.

U.S. Department of Energy Initiatives

NREL research advances the vision and goals of these DOE initiatives.

H2@Scale logo

H2@Scale brings together stakeholders to advance affordable hydrogen production, transport, storage, and utilization to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors.

Hydrogen Shot logo

Hydrogen Shot, DOE's first Energy Earthshot, seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade.

National Lab Consortia

NREL leads and participates in lab-led consortia to coordinate national laboratory research and development activities and serve as a resource for universities and industry.

ElectroCat logo

ElectroCat: Electrocatalysis Consortium accelerates development of platinum-group-metal-free electrocatalysts for next-generation fuel cells and electrolyzers.

NREL Role: Partner

H2NEW logo

H2NEW: Hydrogen from Next-generation Electrolyzers of Water focuses on making large-scale electrolyzers, which produce hydrogen from electricity and water, more durable, efficient, and affordable.

NREL Role: Co-lead

HyBlend logo

HyBlend: Hydrogen Blending in Natural Gas Pipelines addresses technical barriers to blending hydrogen in natural gas pipelines.

NREL Role: Lab team lead

HydroGEN logo

HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium addresses water-splitting materials challenges for photoelectrochemical, solar thermochemical, and advanced electrolytic hydrogen production.

NREL Role: Lead

HyMARC logo

HyMARC: Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium develops materials-based solutions for clean, low-cost hydrogen storage.

NREL Role: Co-lead

M2FCT logo

M2FCT: Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck Consortium advances durability and efficiency of proton exchange membrane fuel cells for heavy-duty applications with an initial focus on long-haul trucks.

NREL Role: Partner

Other External Collaborations

As part of a roll-to-roll manufacturing multilab collaboration, NREL researchers are accelerating roll-to-roll materials manufacturing for a broad range of energy-, water-, and industry-related technologies to lower costs and improve efficiency.