DOE initiative aims to support hydrogen fuel infrastructureHydrogen fuel has become a major focus for the global auto industry and this focus is likely t transform the transportation sector around the world. As automakers put more emphasis on clean transportation, global markets are beginning to respond by supporting the promotion of hydrogen fuel in the transportation sector. Much of this support comes in the form of governments working to establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure that will be capable of supporting a new generation of fuel cell vehicles. This is the case in the U.S., where the Department of Energy has launched a new initiative with infrastructure as its primary focus.
H2USA partnership brings private companies and federal government togetherThe Department of Energy has announced the official launch of the H2USA initiative, a public-private partnership that aims to promote and establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure throughout the U.S. The partnership has brought together the federal government and several automakers, gas suppliers, and fuel cell developers for this endeavor. Among those participating in the H2USA partnership are Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Hyundai, and Toyota, as well as various state-based agencies and private companies from around the country.
The Department of Energy had once considered hydrogen fuel to be an inadequate solution to the environmental issues associated with transportation. This was largely due to the perceived faults of hydrogen fuel cells. In recent years, the federal agency has been warming to the concept of hydrogen fuel and has begun to consider this form of renewable energy as a promising alternative to traditional forms of power.