CABA Information Series
(IS-2014-60) Pathways to Commercial Success: Technologies and Products Supported by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office
The purpose of the project described in this report is to identify and document the commercial and emerging (projected to be commercialized within the next 3 to 5 years) hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and products that resulted from Department of Energy support through the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) undertook two efforts simultaneously to accomplish this project. The first effort was a patent search and analysis to identify patents related to hydrogen and fuel cells that are associated with FCTO-funded projects (or projects conducted by DOE-EERE predecessor programs) and to ascertain the patents’ current status, as well as any commercial products that may have used the technology documented in the patent. The second effort was a series of interviews with current and past FCTO personnel, a review of relevant program annual reports, and an examination of grants made under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs that are related to hydrogen and fuel cells. This report documents the methodology and results of this study, including the specific patents as well as commercial and emerging technologies that resulted from FCTO funding.