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US Department of Energy hydrogen and fuel cell technologies perspectives

  • Eric L. Miller (a1), Simon T. Thompson (a2), Katie Randolph (a3), Zeric Hulvey (a4), Neha Rustagi (a5) and Sunita Satyapal (a6)...

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The technology around generating efficient and sustainable energy is rapidly evolving; hydrogen and fuel cells are versatile examples within a portfolio of options. This article provides an overview of the early-stage materials R&D in hydrogen and fuel cells at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The article highlights technology status and progress toward achieving DOE targets, discusses R&D needs and challenges, and provides specific examples where advanced materials research is relevant to addressing those challenges. For broader context, materials R&D advances are discussed in the context of DOE’s H2@Scale initiative, which is enabling innovations to generate cost-competitive hydrogen as an energy carrier, enabling renewables, as well as nuclear, fossil fuels, and the grid, to enhance the economics of both baseload power plants and intermittent solar and wind, enhancing resiliency and avoiding curtailment.

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This article is based on a Symposium X (Frontiers of Materials Research) presentation given at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

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US Department of Energy hydrogen and fuel cell technologies perspectives

  • Eric L. Miller (a1), Simon T. Thompson (a2), Katie Randolph (a3), Zeric Hulvey (a4), Neha Rustagi (a5) and Sunita Satyapal (a6)...

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