Find protocols, data, tools, and models for studying fuel cell performance and durability.


Download testing protocols for fuel cells and fuel cell components, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office in partnership with the U.S. DRIVE Fuel Cell Technical Team:

View accelerated stress test protocols developed by the DOE Durability Working Group and the U.S. DRIVE Fuel Cell Technical Team:

  • Fuel Cell Tech Team Accelerated Stress Test and Polarization Curve Protocols for PEM Fuel Cells (January 2013)
  • Rotating Disk-Electrode Aqueous Electrolyte Accelerated Stress Tests for PGM Electrocatalyst/Support Durability Evaluation (October 2011)
  • Fuel Cell Measurements of Performance and Durability of Non-PGM ORR Electrocatalysts (2011)

Technical Targets

Download the Fuel Cells section of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office's Multi-Year Research, Development, and Demonstration Plan for full details about technical targets, or view individual target tables for:

  • Fuel cell systems for transportation applications
  • Fuel cell systems for stationary applications
  • Fuel cell systems for portable power and auxiliary power applications
  • Fuel cell system humidifiers and air compression systems
  • Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell components.


These DOE working groups develop and share tools and methodologies related to fuel cell performance and durability:

  • The Durability Working Group develops tools studying degradation mechanisms of polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks.
  • The Catalysis Working Group develops tools for studying electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and other low- and intermediate-temperature fuel cell systems.
  • The Transport Modeling Working Group shares experimental and computational results and develops methodologies for understanding transport phenomena in polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks.