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State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2017

Jan 11, 2018

This January 2018 report, the eighth in a series, provides a comprehensive analysis of state activities supporting fuel cell and hydrogen technology, including profiles of all 50 states with a catalog of recent installations, policies, funding, and deployments around the country.

The "State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2017" report, produced by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) for the U.S. Department of Energy, provides an overview of the status and benefits of fuel cell technologies across the United States. The report highlights the following:

  1. About Fuel Cells: A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, with water and heat as by-products. Hydrogen can be sourced from various means, including fossil fuels, renewable fuels, and water electrolysis powered by renewable or nuclear energy.

  2. Fuel Cell Benefits: Fuel cells offer numerous benefits in stationary, motive, and portable applications:

    • Stationary: Reliable power, flexible siting, fuel flexibility, scalability, grid-tied or independent operation, high efficiency, and low emissions.

    • Motive: Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) offer a driving range of 300+ miles per hydrogen refueling, which takes 3-5 minutes. Fuel cells also power Material Handling Equipment (MHE) and provide constant power with quick refueling.

    • Portable: Fuel cells can be refueled on-the-go by swapping a cartridge.

  3. Examples of Fuel Cell Applications: Fuel cells are being used in various applications at the state and local levels, including:

    • Primary and Backup Power: Retail stores, government offices, schools, universities, communication networks, and utility substations.

    • Motive Power: Public buses, light-duty automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, baggage tow tractors, and more.

  4. Benefits to States: Fuel cells contribute to state goals by providing reliable power, reducing emissions, supporting high-tech industries, and aligning with state and local environmental goals.

The report further delves into the status of fuel cell and hydrogen activities in individual states, showcasing the diverse applications and benefits across the country.

Read the report here:

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