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Fuel Cells in Laboratory Applications: Clean Power and a Hydrogen Fueling Station, Too

Wednesday, October 22
Featuring: Joseph McDonald, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. EPA

Over the past 10 years, stationary fuel cell distributed power has begun to emerge from the developmental stage into limited commercial applications. High temperature fuel cells, such as molten-carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), with tightly integrated natural gas reformers also offer unique opportunities to lower the cost of hydrogen production for vehicle fuel and other uses, and may form the backbone of an early hydrogen infrastructure in the United States.

A breakfast meeting was held to discuss how the production of hydrogen in high-temperature stationary fuel cells can be used to fuel a fleet of vehicles on laboratory campuses and beyond. Laboratory professionals from around the country tried to address some of the following questions:

  • How can fuel cells help tackle the site vs. source efficiency question?
  • How can on-site hydrogen production reinforce a facility's mission?
  • What are the expected costs and benefits of on-site hydrogen production?
  • What economic drivers will help make the case with laboratory management?
  • Can laboratories afford to miss this technology?

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