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DOE: California, Connecticut, and New York top fuel cell states

According to the newly released State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2016 report from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), the top three hydrogen and fuel cell states in the US are California, Connecticut, and New York.

California is home to the greatest number of stationary fuel cells, while Connecticut and Delaware are home to the largest installations (roughly 15 MW and 30 MW, respectively—equivalent to power approximately 15,000 houses and 30,000 houses, respectively).

While hydrogen cars hit the streets and hydrogen stations spring up around the county, the industry has seen a consistent growth rate of 30% per year since 2010.

According to the report, the northeast hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain contributed nearly $1.4 billion in revenue and investment, supported more than 6,550 direct and indirect jobs, and industry labor reported income of approximately $620 million just in 2015 alone. The report also shows that California’s advanced energy economy is growing six times faster than the overall economy and represents 3% (500,000) of workers across the state.

Meeting the demand in certain markets in the US and around the world is helping contribute to a resurgence of manufacturing. In an effort to streamline manufacturing, DOE has issued a request for information (RFI) to obtain feedback from stakeholders regarding how and which components in the hydrogen and fuel cell manufacturing process can and should be standardized. The intent of the RFI is to identify manufacturing pathways to reduce costs in both the near and longer-term, as well as how to address any critical barriers regarding manufacturability and supply chain development.

While not all components can or should be standardized, the cooperative development of certain components with universal sizes, functions, and materials will encourage competition and advanced manufacturing to drive down costs and increase product durability. Standardization can also help to maximize compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability, and quality.

These announcements were made at the 2016 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Forum hosted by the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and the Connecticut Green Bank. The forum brought together investors and stakeholders in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry, including original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers in the Northeast, to facilitate business connections, expand market opportunities, and explore hydrogen and fuel cell technology that can effectively address our nation’s pressing energy and climate concerns.



Good news for the hydrogen and FC industry.

With a 30+% growth rate, H2 and FCs will soon reach a minimum sustainable level across the nation. By 2020 or so, enough H2 facilities may be available to make FECVs operation a nationwide reality.

Fixed units may become the solution of choice for many standby emergency power units.


OP> While hydrogen cars hit the streets and hydrogen stations spring up around the county...

That seems a little optimistic. Hope springs eternal for H2 apparently.

Has the number of FCVs on US roads topped 1k yet?

~ 600k EVs by the end of this year.

Expect EV growth to double in 2017 as mfgs ramp up to meet 2018 ZEV mandate.


FCEVs may come as a surprise to most ICEVs and BEVs owners (as DT just did in the recent election) but many heavy long distance trucks, buses, locomotives, ships etc will use that technology by 2022/2025 or so.

As many home owners may use stored H2 and FCs as a main or complementary energy source.

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