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Following a worldwide trend, started in the year 2000 at IPEN a line of research in the area of energy efficient systems and low environmental impact, focusing on the study and development of the fuel cell technology. The studies started in the 90 were carried out in the area of materials, taking advantage of the experience of IPEN in developing nuclear materials. In view of the success achieved by the research and the proposition of the Brazilian program of fuel cells and hydrogen (Pro H2) of MCTI in 2002, the IPEN/CNEN-SP created a program of development of fuel cells and hydrogen, which has consolidated its position as one of the research centers of the Institute in 2006. This Centre aims at the management of research, development and technological innovation on fuel cells in order to contribute to the national development of this area. The main focus of research has been the use of fuels, like ethanol and natural gas, the country's strategic and environmentally more sustainable generation and energy in fuel cell systems.