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NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research and development (R&D) focuses on developing, integrating, and demonstrating hydrogen production and delivery, hydrogen storage, and fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and portable applications.

Projects range from fundamental research to overcome technical barriers, manufacturing process improvement to enable high-volume fuel cell production, systems analysis to identify the most promising commercialization pathways, and market transformation to support early market deployments. Explore our research areas.

Partnership Opportunities

NREL offers industry, academia, and government agencies opportunities to work with us and leverage our research expertise to advance the science behind emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and to validate new technologies and systems in real-world operation. 

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NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research bridges technologies via work with NREL's Transportation, Bioenergy, Chemistry and Nanoscience, Energy Analysis, and Energy Systems Integration Facility research areas and supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office.