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Hydrogen is ready to replace carbon-intensive fuels today, while new innovations will expand hydrogen's capacity for the future.​

“If we get it right, it can do just about everything.”
Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy2
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Facilitate a 16% reduction in CO2 by 20503

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Contribute $750 billion in U.S. revenue by 20504
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Provide 14% of final energy demand by 20506
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Create 3.4 million jobs by 20505
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Why Now?  
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Extend U.S. leadership in innovative clean energy technologies.

A decade ago, China used industrial policy to dominate manufacturing of solar cells, wiping out Western competitors as worldwide demand for solar panels started to soar. We’re observing the same pattern now with electric vehicle batteries. Clean hydrogen could be next as China already controls most of the supply chain and manufacturing capacity. Conceding first-mover status to China threatens U.S. competitiveness in this key industry of the future.

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Clean hydrogen can also drive economic growth, create a next generation of high-skill American jobs.

A thriving hydrogen economy will generate billions in revenue up and down the value chain. Hydrogen investment can generate $140 billion in total revenue and create 700,000 jobs by 20308. This new job market will be inclusive, accessible, and supportive while offering both entry level and higher paying jobs, providing new skills and financial support to millions of Americans.

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The IRA established a significant competitive advantage for the U.S., and the right implementation of the hydrogen production tax credit could make the U.S. among the most competitive countries for clean hydrogen.

If deployed at scale, clean hydrogen and its derivatives are expected to account for 20% of global emissions reductions9. Our clean hydrogen plants and those that come after us will play a critical role in those reductions, especially for industries where electrification isn’t possible. Clean hydrogen can create a pathway towards global decarbonization targets in shipping and aviation while providing an alternative to coal and natural gas in steel, cement, and chemical production.

The Path Forward

Achieving net-zero emissions requires significant public and private investments in the hydrogen industry to shorten innovation cycles, drive deployment at scale, and reduce costs. Rulemaking right now around the hydrogen production tax credit will determine whether the U.S. can effectively deliver on the IRA’s ambitious goals for clean energy technologies and build the foundation of America’s clean hydrogen industry today and in the future. We believe rules will be needed to ensure hydrogen energy supports clean energy goals, but these should evolve over time. Although hundreds of gigawatts of additional wind and solar capacity are ready to be deployed, permitting challenges and infrastructure barriers mean that renewable generated electricity isn’t coming online fast enough to support the hydrogen that is ready to be deployed today. Proposed restrictions like additionality, deliverability, and temporal matching don't take into account these realities and would make it impossible to achieve U.S. climate goals. We stand at the ready to scale our first-generation clean hydrogen solutions to power America’s path forward today.

Who We Are

The mission of FCHEA is to advance the commercialization of and promote the markets for fuel cells and hydrogen energy. FCHEA is focused on achieving our mission through three primary activities:

  • Leading national advocacy to encourage all levels of government to support fuel cell and hydrogen technology research, development, and deployment;
  • Providing the industry a voice in shaping regulations, codes, and standards to enable commercial growth, while ensuring the highest levels of consumer safety and satisfaction; and
  • Educating the public and key opinion and policy leaders on the economic and environmental benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
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What We Do

FCHEA operates a number of working groups and committees, collaborating with our members on specific initiatives and technologies to help the industry thrive.