In the coming months, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) will highlight resources from alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry organizations in the Let’s Clear the Air column.

These resources provide fuel-specific information that may be useful to automotive technicians, automotive students, and others who are interested in the technical aspects of these vehicles.

This month, we highlight the California Fuel Cell Partnership, an organization that is committed to promoting fuel cell vehicle commercialization as a means of moving toward a sustainable energy future, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing or eliminating air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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The California Fuel Cell Partnership website features a “resources” section that includes a blog, FAQs, job postings, industry links, events, downloads, and safety information.

Included in this section is the “How It Works” guide to fuel cells, fuel cell electric vehicles, and hydrogen production. This document provides a detailed explanation of fuel cells and includes diagrams to help readers visualize the process.

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The downloads also include a link to a hydrogen fueling station list.

The U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center also has a wealth of information on fuel cell vehicles, including availability and emissions information.

A few pieces of information from the NAFTC about hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles includes a fuel cell animation which shows the process of a fuel cell producing electricity, the hydrogen episode of the Amped Up AED Vodcast, and the Petroleum Reduction Technologies: Hydrogen video.

The NAFTC also includes hydrogen and fuel cell information in the Petroleum Reduction Technologies: Hydrogen and Hydrogen Fleet Applications workshops. Contact Micheal Smyth at Micheal.Smyth@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7882 for information about these workshops or other NAFTC training.




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