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 Energy Policy Center at Cleveland State University 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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Toyota is committed to fuel cell electric technology as a powertrain for the future because it's a clean, scalable platform that can meet a broad range of mobility needs with zero emissions.

Bob Carter, Executive VP for Automotive Operations at Toyota

“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

"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.

As much as 20 percent of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells by 2030.

Bosch Press Release

Hydrogen is a central pillar of the energy transformation required to decrease CO2 emissions and limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.

McKinsey & Company on behlaf of the Hydrogen Council