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Advanced Energy Technologies

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen

Developing fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for power

We are investigating automotive fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems in support of activities in the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE-EERE), Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).

Our fuel cell investigations extend from nanometer scale to components and systems, and are focused on performance, durability and cost. We are collaborating with other groups at Argonne to characterize the microstructure of electrodes at the Advanced Photon Source; develop methods to refine the microstructure by combining data from other techniques; and conduct simulations at Argonne’s Leadership Computing Facility to determine the electrochemical transport of reactants and product liquid water. Our work on performance and durability involves collaborations with automotive original equipment manufacturers and other private organizations and national laboratories.

Our work on hydrogen storage encompasses on-board and off-board issues. The scope of our activities includes both physical and material-based storage methods: compressed gas at 350-700 bar, liquid fueled cryo-compressed hydrogen storage, sorbents, metal hydrides, and chemical storage. Our recent work on off-board issues includes production, transmission and dehydrogenation of hydrogen carriers.

Related Projects

  • Fuel Cell System Modeling and Analysis 
  • Fuel Cell Performance and Durability Consortium (FC-PAD)
  • Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat)
  • Fuel Cell Systems Analysis
  • System Level Analysis of Hydrogen Storage Options
  • Hydrogen Storage Cost Analysis
  • Analysis of Advanced H2 Production & Delivery Pathways