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Putting the Forklift before the Horseless Carriage

June 3, 2010

In warehouses across the nation, hydrogen fuel cells are being tested in forklifts to see how the emerging technology fares compared to conventional batteries in cost, performance, and safety. How well hydrogen fuel cells perform in forklifts and in other early-market applications such as backup emergency power, stationary power, and portable power is a key step. If they prove themselves, that will accelerate the development, manufacturing, and cost-reduction necessary for their widespread use in the automobile industry and elsewhere. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is playing a crucial role as the independent, third-party assessor of the performance of the early fuel cell market demonstrations funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more.

—Julia Thomas