Hydrogen Fuel Cell: Research Progress and Near-Term Opportunities
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
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The United States faces some energy challenges that if not resolved will negatively affect our security, economy, and environment. The country depends on foreign oil for transportation, and greenhouse gases and other criteria pollutant emissions need to be reduced. There is no single solution to these critical problems rather they require a multifaceted approach. Hydrogen, together with advanced biofuels, plug-in hybrids, and other energy efficient transportation technologies, can be an important part of a more comprehensive and balanced energy portfolio. Fuel cells are central to establishing this integrated solution. This article describes some of the benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells, as well as some of the obstacles to their implementation on a large scale. In addition, this article highlights achievements and partnerships that are moving the technology out of the lab and into practical, real-world use.
- Electrochemical Energy Storage