University research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) is a key force in advancing the development of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. A trained workforce of fuel cell engineers and technicians is also critical to the growth of the hydrogen economy.

Fuel Cells 2000 maintains a list of U.S. Universities and International Universities that offer research and coursework in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Browse the lists to see which universities near you are involved in fuel cell technology, and please let us know if we are missing any.

Many universities are conducting crucial research for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on various sectors of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, including hydrogen storage, production and delivery, fuel cell membranes, balance of plant and many other components. This research process is very transparent, and research teams that receive funding must report their results annually in a public forum. Recipients of DOE funding present the status and results of their hydrogen and fuel cell projects at the Annual Merit Review.

University-business partnerships are also common, as fuel cell companies can benefit from the expertise of a university professor or department and a professor can introduce their technology to new markets through a business. Several university R&D efforts have even spun out start-up fuel cell companies. One such example is Global Energy Innovations (GEI), which was launched from the Fuel Cell and Advanced Technologies Commercialization Incubator at Kettering University in Michigan. Other examples include the University of South Carolina, which launched NextGenEn, Inc., an early stage SOFC company, and the University of Florida, which is responsible for RedOx Fuel Cells LLC, also a developer of SOFC systems.