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Fuel Cells Reprieved

By EV World Editorial Staff

Two-part video interview with Breakthrough Technologies Institute Executive Director Robert Rose on the current status of fuel cell technology and the industry after a four year hiatus.

In 2009, the new U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu seemed to consign hydrogen fuel cell technology in America to an early grave, shifting the department's focus away from what had been an initiative of the previous Bush Administration. His rationale was that we needed to concentrate government funding on more immediate technologies, especially better electric car batteries made in America.

Now, four years later, fuel cells seem to be enjoying a revival of sorts with carmakers like Toyota announcing they intend to have a premium-priced production model available by around 2015. One bicycle maker even rolled out a model powered by a small fuel cell stack in place of its usual battery.

In light of what appears to be a reprieve by the U.S. federal government, as well as other hydrogen fuel cell programs aboard, such as the deployment of 15 fuel cell Hyundai ix35 SUVs recently in Copenhagen, Denmark, EV World thought it time to end the hydrogen hiatus and talk with Breakthrough Technologies Institute's Robert Rose, the Executive Director of one of the leading advocate organizations for fuel cells, mobile and stationary.

In the following two-part video interview conducted using Skype, Rose talks with EV World's Bill Moore about developments over the last several years. Rose points out that even though public interest in fuel cells waned during the first Obama Administration, Department of Energy funding remained a not insignificant sum of around $100 million annually. The effect of tightening government pursestrings, he believes, served to narrow down the field of companies vying in the space to the most serious players, who he sees as having made "a tremendous amount of progress."

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

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Originally published: 10 Jun 2013

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