WASHINGTON, September 20, 2017 - The U.S. private sector added more fuel cells to its power supply last year, according DOE’s 2016 Business Case for Fuel Cells. The report, which reviews recent fuel cell installations at American businesses, found industry deploying cutting-edge technologies in fuel cells and hydrogen. Businesses of a wide variety have been able to successfully commercialize fuel cells to their benefit, DOE says. Over the last year, Home Depot expanded its stationary fuel cell use, now employing the technology at more than 140 sites. IKEA added fuel cells to five more stores in 2016. The Utah data center for eBay is powered with 10 megawatts (MW) from fuel cells, using 3.75 MW more than in 2015. The report also shows more than 15,000 fuel cell-forklifts in operation or on order. Hundreds of thousands of fuel cells have been installed over the past 20 years worldwide, the report points out. The technology is used for primary or backup power, portable and emergency power, heat and electricity, passenger vehicles and buses, remote, off-grid sites, and material handling. The 2016 Business Case for Fuel Cells is compiled by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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