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External Coordination

The DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program leverages the vast capabilities and experience of its stakeholders through cooperative partnerships. Coordination of these activities will be one of the keys to achieving national hydrogen and fuel cell technology program goals.

Federal Agencies/Interagency Task Force

A number of federal agencies support hydrogen and fuel cell research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. There are two interagency bodies that coordinate this work:

  • The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Interagency Working Group (IWG) is a staff-level group that coordinates research and development activities across the federal government. The IWG meets monthly to discuss progress, share technical expertise, and discuss opportunities for partnership to ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. The IWG manages a public website with information about the activities at each of the agencies. Learn more about the IWG.
  • The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Interagency Task Force (ITF) is composed of senior-management level representatives from multiple agencies. The ITF has focused its efforts on federal leadership of early adoption.

The following agencies participate in the IWG and/or ITF:

State and Local Governments

A growing number of state and regional hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives bring together state and local government entities with other stakeholders to advance the development and use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in focused regions. Through a bi-monthly call series created in partnership with the National Hydrogen Association and Clean Energy Group, DOE seeks to share expertise and technical information, as well as provide an opportunity for networking, dialogue, and coordination among the participants. The group holds an annual in-person meeting as part of the National Hydrogen Association's Annual Conference.

DOE is also an active member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a collaboration of 32 organizations that seeks to advance the use of fuel cell vehicles in California. The Partnership includes auto companies, energy companies and fuel providers, fuel cell manufacturers, transit companies, universities, and government agencies, including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


International cooperation and collaboration will accelerate the development and use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Key international activities include: