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DOE Offices and Programs

The DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program includes participation from the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE), Fossil Energy (FE), Nuclear Energy (NE), and Science (SC). Each office manages activities that address hydrogen technologies that meet the needs of their respective feedstocks and target applications.

DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Activities and R&D by Office

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science Fossil Energy Nuclear Energy
Hydrogen Production
Photolytic Water Splitting
Renewable Electrolysis
Biological and Biobased
Ultra-High-Temp. Thermalochemical Systems (Solar)
Distributed Reforming
Novel Materials for Hydrogen Storage
Membranes for Separation, Purification, and Ion Transport
Design of Catalysts at the Nanoscale
Solar Hydrogen Production
Bio-inspired Materials and Processes
Natural Gas-to-Hydrogen Separation Technologies
Hydrogen from Coal R&D: Separation, Separation Reactors, Process Intensification; Optimal Hydrogen-rich Liquids for Distributed Reforming
High-Temperature Thermochemical Systems
High-Temperature Electrolysis
Reactor/Process Interface
Hydrogen Delivery
Infrastructure Analysis
Compression and Liquefaction
Hydrogen Storage
Physical Storage
Metal Hydrides
Carbon-Based Materials
Chemical Hydrogen Storage
Novels Materials & Concepts
Metal-Organic Frameworks
Conversion/ Fuel Cells
Electrocatalysts; Membranes; Bipolar Plates; Sensors
Thermal/Water Management
Fuel-Flexible Fuel Processors
Applications/ Technology Validation1
Technology Validation- Transportation and Stationary Learning Demonstrations
Infrastructure and Vehicle Analysis
FutureGen Project3
Hydrogen/Natural Gas Mixtures in Advanced HCCI Engines
Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP)3
Safety Oversight of DOE Hydrogen R&D
Sensor Development
Codes & Standards2
Codes & Standards Research and Development, Harmonization and Analysis
Training and Educational Programs for Multiple Target Audiences

1Coordination with DOT, Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP), EPA, U.S. DRIVE; 2Coordination with DOT, EPA, NIST, DOD, NASA; 3Although not funded under the Hydrogen Initiative, these programs are related and important to the implementation of a hydrogen economy