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NREL Showcasing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at Summer Outreach Events

June 16, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently received a Borrego fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for display at a variety of summer events. On loan from Kia, the vehicle will make its first big debut at the Father's Day event series at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on June 17, 18, and 19. NREL will showcase the FCEV along with an all-electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

NREL representatives will be on hand at Bandimere to answer questions about the vehicles and provide free information about advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and renewable energy.

"We look forward to using the fuel cell electric vehicle this summer to raise public awareness about the alternative transportation options available today and on the horizon," said NREL's Melanie Caton.

The Borrego FCEV, which has a 400-plus mile range, refuels at NREL's on-site hydrogen fueling station. The recently upgraded station has a hydrogen storage capacity of 250 kg and can generate 25 kg/day from renewables. The hydrogen dispensed at the station is produced via renewable electrolysis as part of the wind-to-hydrogen project, which uses wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays to power electrolyzer stacks that split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

FCEV Show-and-Tell at NREL's Visitors Center
The Borrego FCEV will be on display at the NREL Visitors Center on June 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. NREL's Keith Wipke will give a presentation about fuel cell electric vehicles followed by a show-and-tell with the Borrego.

NREL's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research
Watch this new video about NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell research, which is paving the way for nature's most plentiful element—hydrogen—to power the next generation. NREL researchers are working to unlock the potential of hydrogen and to advance the fuel cell technologies that will power the automobiles, equipment, and buildings of tomorrow.

This work supports the Fuel Cell Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Fuel Cell Technologies Program works in partnership with industry, academia, non-profit institutions, and the national laboratories to overcome the technological, economic, and institutional obstacles to the widespread commercialization of fuel cells and related technologies.

Hydrogen and fuel cells are a fundamental part of the broad portfolio of renewable technologies that are moving our nation toward its goals of energy independence and sustainability.

—Sara Havig