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.