The Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Collaborative (RHFCC) is dedicated to aiding in research and development to remove barriers to adoption and make hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vehicles a viable option in the Midwest region.

The RHFCC operates out of The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research and is connected with research institutions and organizations across the country. The research community is working hard on a variety of projects to improve the prospects for fuel cells. A few of the notable projects include:

  • Renewable production pathways – The RHFCC will soon be commissioning a study to examine the most economic methods for renewable hydrogen production in the Midwest.
  • Direct conversion – The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, among others, is working on a process to produce hydrogen directly from sunlight, a process similar to photosynthesis.
  • Fuel cell improvement – Many research groups, including OSU, are working on a variety of ideas for making fuel cells more efficient, able to use a variety of fuels, cheaper to manufacture and more robust in use.

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"Fuel cells have the greatest long-term potential to solve society's environmental and energy concerns."

Steve Center, Vice President, Connected and Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

“CABS is proud to provide a hydrogen fuel cell bus for our riders, who continue to be part of the future of public transportation. This technology is clean, easy to drive and it provides a smooth ride." 

Beth Snoke, Director, Transportation & Traffic Management, OSU Campus Area Bus Service
OSU Campus Area Bus Service

“Along with enabling us to cut our fuel costs by as much as fifty percent in the years ahead, this project will drive investment, research, business development and job creation in Stark County and across our state.”

Kirt Conrad, Executive Director/CEO, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority
Stark Area Regional Transit Authority