New State Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Activity Database Launched

Fuel Cells 2000 and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program announced on Nov. 14 they launched a new searchable database that documents fuel cell and hydrogen activity in the United States -- stationary installations, vehicle demonstrations and fueling stations, as well as policies, initiatives and legislation designed to advance the development and use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

The database builds on the recent Breakthrough Technologies Institute report, State Activities That Promote Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Infrastructure Development, with additional information about demonstrations and installations in a searchable format that provides more utility.

"We had such a great response to our comprehensive state report that we wanted to make it even easier for users to learn more about what's going on in their area or around the country," said Jennifer Gangi, program director, Fuel Cells 2000. "Combining the policy and incentive information in a free searchable database with stationary fuel cell installations, vehicle demonstrations, and hydrogen fueling stations not only gives the public a portal to the growing fuel cell and hydrogen industry but also offers a valuable tool for state and local government officials looking to get involved."

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have some sort of fuel cell or hydrogen legislation, demonstration or activity taking place today, including 15 with hydrogen fueling stations. Users can search for relevant information and activity within the entire United States, an individual state, or a cluster of states. Advanced search options include fuel cell size/power range, fuel source, fuel cell type, fuel cell manufacturer and vehicle manufacturer. A text search also is available. Images and links for further information are included with most entries.

The free database is available at http://www.fuelcells.org/statedatabase.html and will be updated regularly. Fuel Cells 2000 welcomes any additions or feedback - please email information to database@fuelcells.org.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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