Schatz Energy Research Center


The movement of people and products in the United States accounts for roughly a quarter of total energy consumption, a third of carbon dioxide emissions, and more than half of certain criteria air pollutants.* To address this critical sector, we work with local and regional stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of low carbon transportation technologies. Much of our work focuses on the light duty and public transit sectors in California, a global leader in the aggressive adoption of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Two kids stand beside a fuel cell vehicle at the Schatz Center.

Our work engages local, state, and national government entities, academic institutions, and national labs to tackle key barriers across a broad range of stakeholder groups.

Current and recent projects

  • Electric bus system for the Humboldt Transit Authority
  • Fuel cell readiness report for the CA north coast and upstate regions
  • EV infrastructure siting analyses for the CA north coast and upstate regions
  • Using hydrogen electrolysis for demand response

* These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and California Air Resources Board: EIA June 2018 Monthly Energy Review (energy consumption), EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (C02 emissions) and CARB 2016 SIP Emission Projection Data – 2012 Estimated Annual Average Emissions (criteria pollutants).

Schatz staff stand and sit around, inside and on a small red fuel cell vehicle.

Hydrogen fuel cells

The Center’s origins are rooted in the research and development of fuel cells and hydrogen energy. We have tested fuel cell materials individually and in combinations, built fuel cell test stations for numerous universities, designed and built hydrogen fueling stations, conducted early vehicle conversions to run on fuel cell power, demonstrated pre-commercial hydrogen energy technology in the real world, and conducted numerous hydrogen safety and awareness trainings.

With fuel cell and electric vehicle technology beginning to establish a significant commercial foothold, this history places us in a unique position to advance the deployment of clean energy in the transportation sector.

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