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September 11, 2002

Report Urges Federal Investments in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

A comprehensive federal program is needed to advance and commercialize fuel cell and hydrogen infrastructure technologies, according to a new report from the Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI), a non-profit corporation. The report, titled "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen: The Path Forward," lays out a strategy that includes research and development, demonstrations, pilot fleets of fuel-cell vehicles, government purchases of fuel cells, federal market entry support for the technologies, removal of barriers to commercialization, and education and outreach. Of course, all of these concepts are quite familiar to proponents of other renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

The BTI report, endorsed by 26 fuel cell companies, recommends a federal investment of roughly $5.5 billion over the next 10 years. See the press release, report summary, and the full report (as well as other documentation) on the Web site.

Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies have continued to rack up new achievements in recent weeks. Ballard Power Systems, for instance, received an order for three 205-kW fuel cell engines for use in transit buses in San Jose, California, and unveiled a hydrogen- fueled internal combustion engine-generator that was jointly developed with Ford Power Products. In Texas, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Entergy connected a 5-kilowatt Plug Power fuel cell to the electrical grid. Plug Power Inc. also sold nine of its 5-kilowatt fuel cells for use on three U.S. Navy facilities in California. . See the August 7th (PDF 33 KB) and August 29th (PDF 92 KB) press releases from Ballard, the HARC press release, and the Plug Power press release. Download Acrobat Reader.