DOE announces fifth Hydrogen and Fuel Cell DaySeptember 30, 2019
The DOE continues to raise awareness and celebrate advances in hydrogen and fuel cells.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office is celebrating the fifth Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. It will take place on October 8, 2019, and its purpose is to raise awareness and celebrate advances in this clean energy technology.
There will be various activities and outreach events throughout the week.
The DOE and stakeholders around the world will commemorate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day with a variety of activities and outreach events all week long. October 8th (10.08) was selected on purpose to represent hydrogen’s atomic weight of 1.008.
As the day approaches, the DOE invites those who wish to take part to explore some of their resources on its website and use these resources to increase awareness about how far hydrogen and fuel cells have come and what further actions need to be taken to advance and increase the use of this technology.
The DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day is about learning the importance of and spreading the word about hydrogen.
Hydrogen and fuel cells are an important part of a securer, cleaner and more resilient energy future.
At present, there are more than 300,000 stationary fuel cells offering resilient power and more than 12,000 fuel cell cars on the road worldwide. Additionally, interest in hydrogen-powered truck and heavy-duty vehicles is growing.
In the U.S. alone, there are more than 25,000 hydrogen fuel cell forklifts in operation at warehouses and more than 20 million hydrogen refuelings have taken place to support the operation of these material handling vehicles in the last few years.
Additionally, the DOE notes that large-scale hydrogen-use applications are increasing in momentum with the rollout of the world’s first hydrogen trains and aircraft, with efforts also being made in the maritime sector.
The U.S. Department of Energy is working on enhancing the development and use of this technology through its H2@Scale initiative. This initiative focuses on affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, storage, transport and utilization in the United States.
“Realizing H2@Scale can have benefits across multiple energy sectors, including nuclear and renewables, as well as in industrial activities such as steel manufacturing. These and other applications are the focus of global initiatives that bring together government partners to accelerate progress, such as such as the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE),” states the DOE in its announcement of the October 8th celebration.
The DOE encourages the spreading of the word of the 2019 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, including via social media using the hashtags #FuelCellNow and #HydrogenNow.