Intelligent Energy joins hydrogen fuel initiative in the US

June 23, 2014 0 By Stephen Vagus

US Hydrogen Fuel Initiative

Intelligent Energy joins the H2USA initiative

Intelligent Energy, a clean technology organization based in the United Kingdom, has announced that it has joined the H2USA initiative. The initiative was first launched by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2013 and serves as a public-private partnership that is focused on developing a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure throughout the country. This infrastructure is necessary to support the launch of fuel cell vehicles, which many automakers plan to release in the coming years.

H2USA continues its endeavor to establish a hydrogen infrastructure in the US

H2USA has managed to find a significant deal of success in its relatively short lifespan. The initiative has helped develop a working infrastructure in California and other states that are promising markets for the auto industry. There is still a great deal of work to be done before the U.S. hydrogen infrastructure can be considered viable, however, which means that more companies that have experience with fuel cells and hydrogen are needed for the initiative to find ultimate success. Several automakers are already involved in H2USA, but Intelligent Energy brings something that these companies do not: Extensive experience with hydrogen fuel cells.

Experience with fuel cells could make Intelligent Energy a very valuable partner

Intelligent Energy specializes in the development of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. These energy systems have become the favorite type of fuel cell among automakers looking to establish a place in the clean transportation sector. Intelligent Energy also has a strong position in hydrogen fuel production and the company has had a strong presence in California for more than 10 years. Because California is a prominent market for clean transportation and fuel cells, the company is quite interested in seeing a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure take form within the state.

Without a working infrastructure, fuel cell vehicles may not find success

Infrastructure is one of the challenges currently facing clean transportation. Fuel cell vehicles are gaining popularity among consumers, but they do not have access to a working fuel infrastructure as of yet. As such, the value of these vehicles is somewhat limited when compared to their conventional counterparts. Some automakers have opted to wait until a hydrogen infrastructure is established before launching their fuel cell vehicles.