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Fuel Cell Durability

Research into Fuel Cell durability is part of a national lab consortium called FC-PAD: Fuel Cell Performance and Durability

Fuel Cell Durability

The cost and durability of current polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are major barriers to their commercial use for stationary or transportation power generation. Research into Fuel Cell durability is part of a national lab consortium called FC-PAD: Fuel Cell Performance and Durability. By bringing together proven expertise in the core national laboratories and building on existing capabilities, FC-PAD plans to demonstrate world-class improvements in fuel cell performance and durability that exceed the 2020 targets set by the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).

FC-PAD's core lab team consists of five national laboratories and leverages a multi-disciplinary team and capabilities to accelerate improvements in PEMFC performance and durability. Los Alamos National Laboratory is the consortium lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is the deputy lead, and Argonne National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are technical partners. Innovations from the broader research and development community will be brought into the FC-PAD consortium through funding opportunity announcements and national lab partnerships.

Recent results can be found from the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual Merit Review:

 https://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/review17/fc135_borup_2017_o.pdf

https://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/review17/fc136_more_2017_o.pdf

https://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/review17/fc137_weber_2017_o.pdf