Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Fuel Cell Council and the National Hydrogen Association are joining forces to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. The newly-formed Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) will bring a strong and unified voice to the drive for clean energy, the association said.

“The merger of the industry’s leading advocacy organizations will deliver an integrated strategy to the industry and a singular message to stakeholders: fuel cells and hydrogen are integral components of our clean energy portfolio,” said Ruth Cox, president and executive director of FCHEA. “Bringing the two organizations together to form the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association will give us the critical mass necessary to help shape the clean energy agenda. Study after study has shown that fuel cells and hydrogen are essential to meeting our environmental, economic, energy and national security goals.”

Current users of fuel cells include Coca-Cola, Google, FedEx, Wal-Mart, eBay, Sheraton, Hilton, Staples, Verizon and Sprint.

“The merger … was market and member driven,” said Mike McGowan, co-chairman of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council. “The issues affecting the fuel cell and hydrogen industries are inevitably linked. Without mass deployment of fuel cells, the market for hydrogen as a fuel is limited, and without a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, the ability to operate many types of fuel cells is limited.”

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