Technology Collaboration Programme

Advancing the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies

The IEA Technology Collaboration Programme supports the work of 38 independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues.

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Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC)

Created in 1990, the AFC TCP seeks to make a significant contribution to address the opportunities and barriers to fuel cell commercialisation by fostering the development of fuel cell technologies and their application on an international basis, and conveying key messages to policy makers and the wider community as appropriate.

Main areas of work

  • Modelling: validated open-source fuel cell models and degradation models
  • Technology-based projects: electrolysis, SOFC and PEFC
  • Stationary applications: analysis of real conditions and future possibilities; renewable fuels
  • Fuel cell electric vehicles, light- and heavy-duty vehicles
  • Systems analysis

Key activities and accomplishments (2017-18)

  • Performance enhancement of polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysers through iridium-coated titanium porous transport layers
  • New projects on heavy-duty applications and alkaline fuel cells
  • Survey on the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations with future perspectives in 2018 and 2019 implemented
  • First topical meeting on electrocatalysis on fuel cells

Priorities and projects (2019-20)

  • Topical meeting on hydrogen refuelling stations (September 2019)
  • Heavy duty applications
  • Alkaline fuel cells
  • Fuel cell modelling
  • High-temperature electrolysis activities
  • Analysis for the use of stationary fuel cells for combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Seeking new applications where fuel cells can play an important role

Multilateral collaborations

  • Collaboration with the IEA on the annual Global EV Outlook
  • The AFC TCP is open to all collaborative efforts including hydrogen and fuel cells in the future energy system


  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Why should your organisation become a member of AFC?

By supporting the development of fuel cell technology, the AFC TCP can make a major contribution to environmental issues as fuel cells are capable of operating with much lower emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and noise than alternative combustion-based systems. Fuel cells also enable a fuel switch to renewable biofuels, as well as hydrogen, and therefore are a key instrument for achieving the Paris agreement targets.


Chair: Detlef Stolten, Germany (

Primary contact: Michael Rex (

IEA: Jacob Teter (