Record 51 Projects at DOE Annual Hydrogen R&D Review

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Utility Technologies’ Annual Hydrogen Program Review was held 1-3 May 1996, in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. With funding for hydrogen research at an all-time high, a 16-member review panel evaluated a record 51 projects for their appropriateness, pace of R&D activity, productivity and accomplishments, quality and approach of proposed activities, and efforts in technology transfer.

The review was conducted in parallel sessions. Panel One, chaired by Alessio Mezzina, retired, Brookhaven National Laboratory, reviewed 11 systems analysis and 14 utilization projects; Panel Two, chaired by Robert Reeves, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, reviewed 19 production and eight storage projects. The NHA was represented on both panels: members Addison Bain, Alan Lloyd, and Dave Nahmias and Executive Vice President Bob Mauro served on Panel One; member Frank Lynch served on Panel Two.

This year’s format included program overviews for each of the four project areas prior to project presentations. Principal investigators had up to 30 minutes to present their findings and respond to the reviewers questions. The review panels convened to discuss each project and their recommendations at the conclusion of the presentations each day.

The findings and recommendations of the Review Panels were presented to Hydrogen Program Manager Neil Rossmeissl on 3 May 1996. They were in overall agreement in their recommendations. They agreed that the researchers as a group were technically competent and talented, but questioned the appropriateness and risk of some of the projects given the needs and mission of the program. They recommended that the program reflect stronger engineering, test, and system validation/demonstration perspectives as contrasted with the conduct of base technology core research. Additional recommendations included stronger industrial involvement, particularly from the transportation sector, and greater intradepartmental cooperation, particularly with DOE’s Office of Transportation Technology.

To obtain a copy of the 1996 Annual Hydrogen Program Review Proceedings, contact Eileen Kalim at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, by phone at +1.303.275.3864, or by eMail at [email protected].

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