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H2USA partnership looks to advance hydrogen infrastructure in the U.S.

A public-private partnership to advance hydrogen infrastructure for the transportation sector has been launched in the United States.

H2USA 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 for affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.

“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,” said David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Current members of the H2USA partnership include the American Gas Association, Association of Global Automakers, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, Hyundai Motor America, ITM Power, Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America Research and Development, Proton OnSite, and Toyota Motor North America.

The partnership will focus on identifying actions to encourage early adopters of fuel cell vehicles, conduct coordinated technical and market analysis and evaluate alternative fueling infrastructure to enable cost reductions and economies of scale.

The Energy Department has been supporting private industry and its own national laboratories in research and development for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. These efforts have helped reduce automotive fuel cell costs by more than 35 percent since 2008. Fuel cell durability has also doubled and the amount of expensive platinum needed has fallen by 80 percent since 2005. – EcoSeed Staff

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