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NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research supports the development and adoption of cost-effective, high-performance fuel cell systems and sustainable hydrogen technologies for transportation and other applications.

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Fuel Cells

Lowering the cost and improving the performance and durability of fuel cell technologies

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Hydrogen Production and Delivery

Developing advanced processes to produce hydrogen economically from sustainable resources

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Hydrogen Storage

Characterizing hydrogen storage material properties and developing and analyzing hydrogen storage system configurations

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Improving quality-inspection practices for high-volume manufacturing processes to increase reliability and lower costs

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Market Transformation

Addressing barriers to hydrogen and fuel cell technology commercialization

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Safety, Codes, and Standards

Ensuring safe operation, handling, and use of hydrogen and related systems

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Systems Analysis

Providing direction, insight, and support for R&D, demonstration, and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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Technology Validation

Collecting and analyzing real-world data to show the status and progress of hydrogen and fuel cell components and systems

NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research bridges technologies via partnerships with other NREL teams:

Transportation | Bioenergy | Chemistry and Nanoscience | Energy Analysis | Energy Systems Integration Facility