Do you like your cell phone? Today if the power to telecommunication towers fail hydrogen and fuel cell products keep your phone working.
Do you enjoy public transit? Some of the vehicles on the road are using hydrogen and fuel cell products. Those cars and buses have zero emissions from their tailpipes.
Do you enjoy eating? The food you buy are often being transported using technology from hydrogen and fuel cell products.
The National Hydrogen Association has issued a report, US Market Report
examining how hydrogen and fuel cells are being used in the US. Some of the highlights from the report show the increase of this alternative energy technology being used.
In 2008 The US Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry produced over 20 billion kilograms of hydrogen at 27 renewable hydrogen sites. That is the equivalent of 491 million barrels of oil. Western states in the US import that much oil each year.
The production of that fuel resulted in a growing employment field. More than 7,000 people are now employed in the merchant hydrogen and fuel cell-related industry with up to 180,000 more jobs to be added by 2020.
Ruth Cox, Executive Director, US Fuel Cell Council said in a press release obtained by Digital Journal, “As a result of government and private investment over the last few years, new hydrogen and fuel cell products have emerged from R&D and are entering the marketplace. They have been put into real-use by recognizable companies and now these companies have performance data to share. This report shines a spotlight on some of these little known sectors poised for growth, to show what’s been accomplished so far.”