Future Directions

During the next few years, the DOE-industry R&D program will focus on increasing performance and reducing the size of the fuel cell and fuel processor systems. Cost reduction will also be a priority, through component, materials, and processing R&D as well as design trade-offs that might compromise performance and size in favor of simpler, less expensive systems and components. Planned 1997 procurements from the DOE program will target the year 2000 technical goals for the fuel cell and fuel processor systems as well as component R&D to address critical technology barriers prioritized by industry. These efforts will serve to further reduce the risk associated with fuel cell technology in vehicular applications and determine if the promise of affordable, clean, efficient, and reliable fuel cell power systems for transportation will be realized.

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