NREL Supports Fuel Cell Industry Through Real-Time Inspection Techniques (Text Version)

This is the text version of the video NREL Supports Fuel Cell Industry Through Real-Time Inspection Techniques.

It shows NREL researchers using machinery and computer-generated visualizations to identify imperfections in fuel cell materials.

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Fuel cells use hydrogen as fuel to power vehicles, data centers, and portable electronics, emitting only water and heat as byproducts.

Fuel cells are also grid independent, making them an ideal energy source for communication towers, hospitals, and military operations.

But manufacturing costs, efficiency, and durability remain key challenges within the industry.

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are providing solutions. By using real-time inspection techniques developed at the lab, imperfections can be spotted immediately.

[A researcher points to a heat map on a computer screen.]

This unique quality control process saves time, money, and resources by catching defective components before they become actual products.

While this process is still being refined, this technology can ultimately have a huge impact on the market, bringing down costs while increasing the reliability and effectiveness of this clean energy technology.

Learn more about NREL’s innovations in hydrogen and fuel cells at

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