The fuel cell industry is among those waiting in a "growing" line for Obama's incoming stimulus package. The US fuel cell council says it will ask for a total of $1.2bn to invest in research, infrastructure, and manufacturing for fuel cell and hydrogen.
Specifically, the industry program calls for lease and purchases of fuel cells by federal civilian and military agencies for power generation and as battery alternatives, investment in supporting fueling infrastructure, improving federal investment tax credits for fuel cells and extending a credit to fuels. It also includes expanding learning demonstrations, accelerating research, and supporting an expansion of manufacturing capability at fuel cell companies and key suppliers, to foster a supply base and develop domestic momentum for jobs and expansion.
"Accelerating investment into fuel cells now will foster green power, advance a critical climate-enhancing technology, accelerate job creation and keep innovation, industrial capacity and jobs at home," said Robert Rose, Executive Director of the US Fuel Cell Council.The investment would produce an estimated 24,000 jobs, Rose said.