Fuel Cell Council Urges Congress on Funds

March 30, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) asked Congress to increase federal funding for fuel cell and hydrogen research and demonstration programs and fund the nation’s core research programs before adding Congressional “earmarks.” The Council is the trade association of the fuel cell industry, comprising more than 115 companies, research institutions and others dedicated to fuel cell commercialization in the U.S. “A robust competitive research and development program within the Department of Energy advances America’s transition to a hydrogen economy,” the Council said in letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Energy Appropriations Subcommittees, Interior Appropriations Subcommittees, and Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittees. The letters strongly urge the committees to “stay the course” on fuel cell related funding. “America is poised to lead the world in fuel cell and hydrogen technology; however, other countries, particularly Japan, continue to gain on our progress.”

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