Nuvera Fuel Cells today announced its membership in H2USA, the U.S. Department of Energy’s new program focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) across the United States.
The program brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.
In April, Nuvera announced its partnership with Toyota to generate awareness about fuel cell electric vehicles in Massachusetts and across New England. H2USA will allow Nuvera to be an active member of the nationwide effort to prepare the country for the 2015 roll-out of FCEVs.
According to David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “Fuel cell technologies are an important part of an all-of-the-above approach to diversify America’s transportation sector, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase our competitiveness in the global market. By bringing together key stakeholders from across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen industry, the H2USA partnership will help advance affordable fuel cell electric vehicles that save consumers money and give drivers more options.”
“We are excited to be partnering with the automakers, policy-makers, as well as other leaders in our industry as we transition into the next evolution of transportation technology,” said Gus Block, Director of Marketing and Government Affairs at Nuvera Fuel Cells. “H2USA will provide a great platform for us to leverage the progress we are making at the state-level by building awareness of hydrogen as a clean and safe transportation fuel.”
Nuvera designs, manufactures, and sells fuel cell systems and hydrogen generation and dispensing products for both end users and OEMs. Nuvera’s PowerTap hydrogen generation and refueling equipment safely generates high-purity hydrogen fuel from water and natural gas. Nuvera boasts Massachusetts’ first hydrogen refueling site located at the company’s Billerica headquarters.
Through H2USA, industry and government partners will focus on identifying actions to encourage early adopters of fuel cell electric vehicles, conduct coordinated technical and market analysis, and evaluate alternative fueling infrastructure that can enable cost reductions and economies of scale. For example, infrastructure being developed for alternative fuels such as natural gas, as well as fuel cell applications including tri-generation that produce heat, power and hydrogen from natural gas or biogas, may also provide low cost hydrogen for vehicles. In addition, increased fuel cell deployment for combined heat and power, back-up power systems and fuel cell forklifts can help pave the way for mainstream hydrogen vehicle infrastructure.
With support from the Energy Department, private industry and the Department’s national laboratories have already achieved significant advances in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies – reducing costs and improving performance. These research and development efforts have helped reduce automotive fuel cell costs by more than 35 percent since 2008 and by more than 80 percent since 2002. At the same time, fuel cell durability has doubled and the amount of expensive platinum needed in fuel cells has fallen by 80 percent since 2005.
Nuvera Fuel Cells is a global leader in the development of fuel cell systems and hydrogen generation and dispensing products for both end users and OEMs. With offices located in the U.S. and Europe, Nuvera provides clean, safe, and efficient products for industrial vehicles and equipment in addition to furthering the development of power systems for automotive and transportation applications. Visit www.nuvera.com for more information.
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