Whilst 2019 was an impressive year for both the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and the industry at large, there is still much more to be done.
FCHEA President Morry Markowitz said it’s crucial that the community stays united while facing the continuing commercialisation, regulatory and public policy challenges that arise as existing markets expand and new ones are created.
“Those efforts will only be achievable if the fuel cell and hydrogen sector and our allies speak with a single, clear, and persuasive voice that reflects the technologies’ full breadth, economic and environmental benefits, current successes, and future potential,” Markowitz said.
“That is why FCHEA is so vital at the federal, state, and local level here in the US, and to represent the industry and markets globally.”
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For Markowitz, 2020 will be the year of the fuel cell.
“Already, we have seen major announcements and advancements. Plug Power received a $172m order from a Fortune 100 company for fuel cell equipment, hydrogen fuel, storage, and dispensing infrastructure, as well as aftermarket service and support,” he highlighted.
“Air Products is investing $500m to expand production facilities and infrastructure for hydrogen and other fuels in the Gulf Coast, including extending an existing hydrogen pipeline to 700 miles.”
“Toyota announced plans to build a 172-acre hydrogen fuel cell-powered Woven City at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. Toyota is also a major sponsor of the 2020 Summer Olympics which will showcase fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.”
“Bloom Energy is providing fuel cell systems to power 40 Stop & Shop grocery stores in the Northeast with fuel cell microgrids.”
“In early 2020, the release of the full Roadmap to a US Hydrogen Economy will show how critically important hydrogen is to achieve a lower-carbon energy mix, and with the right actions now, reinforce US energy leadership and strengthen our economy by generating $140bn per year in revenue and 700,000 jobs by 2030, and, $750bn per year in revenue and 3.4 million jobs by 2050.”
“The report claims a competitive hydrogen industry can meet 14% of US energy demand by 2050.”