Source: Argonne National LaboratorySource: Argonne National Laboratory

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the U.S. will be celebrated on October 8. The date — 10/08 — was selected in recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen: 1.008. On Oct. 1, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 664 by unanimous consent, declaring Oct. 8, 2018, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the U.S., marking the fourth year in a row the Senate has officially proclaimed the special day.

Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, is used in industrial applications, including petroleum refining, ammonia production for fertilizers and as fuel in fuel cells to generate power for homes or to drive cars, buses or trucks. More than 240 MW of fuel cell backup power is installed across more than 40 states, and 5,000 or so hydrogen fuel cell cars are currently on the road.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests that those interested in commemorating the day, should give a hydrogen and fuel cell presentation in their community, classroom or workplace. The agency offers a training resource to increase general understanding of hydrogen and fuel cells.

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