Senate Passes Mensch Resolution Recognizing “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day”

Harrisburg – A measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) celebrating U.S. leadership in producing hydrogen and the fuel cells that utilize it was unanimously approved by the state Senate.

Senate Resolution 194 recognizes Oct. 8, 2021, as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day” in Pennsylvania.

The resolution notes that hydrogen is the most abundant chemical substance in the universe, and the United States produces and uses more than 10 million metric tons per year.

“The U.S. is also a world leader in the development and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.  Private industry, federal and state governments, national laboratories and institutions of higher education continue to improve fuel cell and hydrogen technologies to address the most pressing energy, environmental and economic issues of the country,” Mensch said.

Fuel cells utilizing hydrogen and hydrogen-rich fuels to generate electricity are clean, efficient and resilient technologies being sold for stationary and backup power, zero-emission light-duty motor vehicles and buses, industrial vehicles and portable power. 

Fuel cell electric light-duty motor vehicles and buses that utilize hydrogen can completely replicate the experience of internal combustion vehicles, including comparable range and refueling times, and hydrogen fuel cell industrial vehicles are being deployed at logistical hubs and warehouses across the United States and exported to facilities in Europe and Asia.

“Engineers and safety code and standard professionals have developed consensus-based protocols for safe delivery, handling and use of hydrogen,” Mensch said. “As we continue to evolve the technologies for tomorrow, it’s important we recognize the current utilization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and we need to continue to harness these innovations to make the world of tomorrow a better, cleaner and greener place.”

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

Contact: David Kozak dkozak@pasen.gov (717) 787-3110