SOURCE: Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

February 01, 2011 09:43 ET

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Commends President Obama's Challenge to Lead in Clean Energy Technology

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) responded today to President Obama's State of the Union challenge for Americans to lead in clean energy technology. 

Fuel cells and hydrogen energy helped America to victory in its first Sputnik moment by providing clean, efficient, reliable power to space missions from the Apollo program to the Space Shuttle. President Obama called present energy challenges our new Sputnik moment, and once again, fuel cells and hydrogen energy are ready to answer the call. Right now, fuel cells and hydrogen are being commercially deployed by companies like Coca-Cola, Google, Walmart and FedEx to meet mission-critical power needs for 7/24 materials handling, grocery store refrigeration, and data center operations.

"We commend President Obama for making clean energy technology a national imperative," said Ruth Cox, President and Executive Director of the FCHEA. "A portfolio approach is essential to satisfy an increasing demand for power while lowering our dependence on oil, and to reach our pollution reduction goals. Fuel cell and hydrogen energy is always clean energy, and their inclusion in the portfolio will create American jobs and strengthen our national security.

"We thank the President for acknowledging the need for all portfolio options to meet the challenge of generating 80-percent of America's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035."

Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are transforming the energy network through distributed generation of clean, efficient and reliable power. They enhance all energy alternatives:

  • Optimize the performance of renewable and nuclear power;
  • Turn biogas from agricultural and other waste products into clean, efficient power; and
  • Use fossil fuels more efficiently -- so we can value them as the ultimately limited resources they are -- and far more cleanly than is possible with combustion technology.

Federal and state governments have partnered with private industry and invested billions of dollars to position America as the leading supplier and consumer of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Research and development funding, tax credits and other progressive policies have already created thousands of jobs, and the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry is poised to transform the way energy is generated and used.

"The Information Age resulted in the largest American economic expansion since the end of World War II, and that is because the U.S. was the leading supplier and consumer of computing and communications technologies," said Cox. "As we enter the Energy Age, nations around the world are recognizing the strategic importance of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and are investing heavily in their development and deployment. We must continue supporting such efforts in the United States to ensure America's competitiveness and economic growth, or we risk ceding leadership and jobs to other parts of the world."

About the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the world's premier advocacy organization dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. FCHEA and its membership are at the forefront of efforts to transform the energy network, fundamentally altering the way energy is generated and used. Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are being commercially deployed today to solve critical problems in our energy infrastructure and deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users. FCHEA's membership represents the full spectrum of the supply chain from universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Pete Barkey
    Communications Director
    (202) 736-5750
    (248) 766-7450
    pbarkey@fchea.org