How Fuel Cells Could Impact Vehicles, Buildings& Utilities

Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, this policy briefing will provide guidance to policymakers who make decisions related to energy, transportation and buildings. Breakfast will be available.

At the event, CMU researchers will provide a detailed assessment of the current and expected future costs and performance of automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and stationary solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A full list of speakers is forthcoming.

Our findings from a recent study suggest that fuel cells could meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s cost and degradation rate targets by 2035–2050, and an increase in RD&D spending on electrodes and catalysts, fuel cell durability, and systems integration and demonstration will significantly accelerate progress toward achieving goals.

Fuel cells can generate efficient, clean, and quiet power for transportation, distributed generation, and utility applications. We seek to answer the question: What are the challenges and opportunities facing fuel cells, and what are the strategies for achieving wider adoption?

In a three-year project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Mellon researchers elicited over 100 experts’ assessments of the cost and performance of fuel cells.

We recommend that policymakers create regulatory and incentive-based policies and that additional fuel cell and hydrogen RD&D be implemented to advance the widespread viability of fuel cells.


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