The National Hydrogen Association (NHA) and U. S. Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) have merged. They are joining forces in order to accelerate the development and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
The newly formed entity will be called the FCHEA (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association). According to FCHEA co-chairman Mike McGowan, “The merger of the USFCC and NHA was market and member driven. The issues affecting the fuel cell and hydrogen industries are inevitably linked. Without mass deployments of fuel cells, the market for hydrogen as a fuel is limited – and without a hydrogen refueling infrastructure, the ability to operate many types of fuel cells is limited.”
The merger makes sense as these two organizations already share an overlap of members and resources. The merger will also give the FCHEA more clout as two already large organizations join forces into one bigger one with inroads into government, and business interests such as the makers of fuel cells, hydrogen fuel and hydrogen fueling stations.
Look for FCHEA to be a force to be reckoned with in regard to the promotion of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the months and year to come.