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Hydrogen network launched in USA

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 18:36 -- Ruth Williams

The United States Energy Department has launched a public-private partnership, called H2USA, focused on advancing the hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for US consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The partnership brings together auto manufacturers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.

 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, UK-based ITM Power, Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America Research and Development, Proton OnSite, and Toyota Motor North America.

 Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson, said: “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. By bringing together key stakeholders from across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen industry, the H2USA partnership will help advance affordable fuel cell electric vehicles that save consumers money and give drivers more options.”?

Sheffield company, ITM Power's CEO, Dr. Graham Cooley, commented: “We have been working on developing our relationships in the USA for some time now and we are very pleased to be founding members of H2USA. We are looking forward to building on our relationships and entering the US market with our HFuel product.”