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U.S. Fuel Cell Council, National Hydrogen Association Merge

New group to bring fuel cells and hydrogen energy to market faster.

The U.S. Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) and the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) announced they are joining forces to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. The newly formed Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is meant to bring a strong, unified voice to the drive for clean energy. The merger 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.

Membership of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association spans the supply chain for the delivery of these clean energy solutions. The organization will be led by Ruth Cox, president and executive director, and based in Washington, D.C.

“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,” said Cox. “Study after study has shown that fuel cells and hydrogen are essential to meeting our environmental, economic, energy and national security goals.”

“Fuel cells are the cleanest, most efficient and unobtrusive way to harness the power of hydrogen,” said Mike Hicks, co-chairman of FCHEA and a fuel cell engineer with Idatech LLC. “The FCHEA will focus on supporting growth in early markets and commercializing fuel cells and hydrogen energy wherever they can add value to the 21st century’s clean energy architecture.”

As a result of the merger, the National Hydrogen Association’s annual conference, scheduled for February 13-16, 2011, in the Washington, D.C., area, is being renamed the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 Conference and Expo. Under the theme “Hydrogen + Fuel Cells: Pathway to A Clean Energy Future,” the event will feature speakers such as policy makers, corporate leaders, and independent energy strategists. The expo will provide an opportunity to get a glimpse of emerging hydrogen and fuel cell products.

For additional details, visit www.fchea.org.

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