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    The NHA's Structure

    The NHA is governed by a 25+ member Board of Directors, representing all elements of the hydrogen community. In addition to the Board, members participate actively in the following committees and working groups:

    Education and Outreach Committee
    Chair: Becki Young, Ballard Power Systems
    Vice Chair: Tim O'Leary, Shell Hydrogen

    An educated public is the key to the transition to hydrogen. To reach different sectors, the NHA creates education materials, organizes workshops and conferences, conducts press interviews, produces a variety of hydrogen publications and runs the H2U Student Design Competition. Overall, the mission of the E&O Program is for target audiences to achieve a level of understanding so they can make informed choices about
    their energy options.

    Codes and Standards Committee
    Chair: Christine Sloane, General Motors
    Vice-Chair: Tom Joseph, Air Products

    The adoption of safety- and performance-based codes is
    imperative to the commercial development of hydrogen as an energy carrier.

    The NHA is actively engaged in national and international codes and standards development in over a dozen working groups through approximately ten different organizations. In these groups, the NHA represents multiple member interests and technologies to make sure developing codes and standards create an atmosphere where new technologies can flourish.

    Policy Committee
    Chair: Dave Guro, Air Products
    Vice Chair: Tony Boccanfuso, University of South Carolina

    Most of the NHA's Legislative Affairs activity takes place at
    the federal level in Washington, DC. The top priority, as identified by the Policy Committee and ratified by the Board, is to protect the funding for the President's Hydrogen Initiative as it moves through the legislative process.

    Within the context of protecting the Hydrogen Initiative, the NHA has adopted a position of No Earmarks. Additionally, the NHA works to support legislation enabling the entry of hydrogen technologies to the marketplace and to oppose legislation that hinders entry. The NHA collaborated with other organizations
    to foster the passage of the National Energy Policy Act of 2005. NHA staff participates in scheduled White House Energy Briefings and Briefings of the International Partnership for Hydrogen Energy. Information is transferred to NHA Membership via email and publications.

    NHA Working Groups
    The goals of NHA Working Groups are to:

    1. Expand the NHA role in developing business opportunities in hydrogen for its members

    2. Provide increased communication and networking opportunities for NHA members

    3. Increase the value of membership in the NHA and provide more services to specific member interests

    4. Improve the attractiveness of the NHA to potential members, offering services not provided elsewhere

    5. Increase member input into the policy and program activities of the NHA
    These goals are being addressed in order to:
    • Broaden the representation and types of NHA membership

    • Expand the areas of concern that the NHA can help address

    • Help promote the overall agenda towards a hydrogen economy
    The NHA current maintains three Working Groups:
    • Renewable Hydrogen Working Group

    • Small Business Working Group

    • University Working Group

    Renewable Hydrogen Working Group
    The NHA Renewable Hydrogen Working Group was created in March of 2006, the first meeting held at the NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference. The NHA member working group was developed, through member input, to address the following priorities:
    1. Develop a market entry model and transition schedule vision for the rollout of renewable hydrogen

    2. Explore and develop the role of state incentives for renewable energy sources for renewable energy to produce hydrogen

    3. Define economic, environmental, and strategic relationships between renewable energy and hydrogen

    The Renewable Hydrogen Working Group aims to be involved with various renewable energy associations, with the goal of increased awareness of renewable hydrogen energy strategies. The Working Group will also steer the development of the first NHA Renewable Hydrogen Forum planned for the fall of 2006.

    Chair: Dale Gardner, NREL
    Vice Chair: Keith Avery, West Wind Works


    ARES Corporation

    Arizona Public Service Company

    Avalence, LLC



    Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

    EmPower CES

    General Atomics

    Global Renewable Energy

    Hydrogen Solar, LLC

    Hydrogenics Corporation

    ISE Corporation

    Kettering University


    New York Power Authority

    Penn State University

    Plug Power

    Praxair, Inc.

    Proton Energy Systems, Inc.

    Protium Energy Technologies

    Santa Monica Utility District

    Solar Integrated Technologies

    South Carolina Research Authority

    Southern California Edison

    University of Albany

    University of North Dakota

    Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative

    U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

    UTC Power

    Virent Energy Systems

    West Wind Works

    Xcel Energy

    Small Business Working Group
    The National Hydrogen Association has developed a Small Business Working Group to achieve the following goals:
    1. Expand the NHA role in developing business opportunities for small businesses in the hydrogen industry

    2. Increase the value of membership in the NHA and provide more services to small business member interests

    3. Improve the attractiveness of the NHA to potential members, offering a service not gained elsewhere

    Working Group Profile
    This Working Group will be open to all NHA Small Business Members.


    • Lee Arikara, Jadoo Power

    • Rex Luzader, Millennium Cell

    • Sandy Thomas, H2Gen Innovations, Inc.

    Potential priorities for consideration by the NHA Small Business Working Group:

    1. Provide a forum in which Small Business can combine experiences and resources

    2. Track federal and local government activity and projects

    3. Disseminate NHA updates of bid and grant opportunities

    4. Act as a liaison to inform potential members and attract them to increase membership in the NHA and the Working Group itself

    5. Give direct leadership for NHA Small Business members from a source external from NHA

    6. Provide direct dialogue between Small Business Members and other member organizations

    7. Keep a database of contacts, relay partnership opportunities and act as a conduit of information

    University Working Group

    The goals of the NHA University/Education Working Group are to:
    1. Expand the NHA role in developing funding and research opportunities for Universities with Hydrogen Programs

    2. Increase the value of membership in the NHA and provide more services to University Member interests

    3. Improve the attractiveness of the NHA to potential members, offering a service not gained elsewhere

    Working Group Profile
    This Working Group will be open to all NHA Members with an interest in education.

    Committee Chair: Bruce Logan, Penn State University

    Priority Activities of the Working Group

    1. Establish a Working Group Website on the NHA site
      a) List Working Group Members and Contact Information
      b) Create a "UWG" news section for new activities

    2. Implement the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Job Board
      a) Free as a part of membership benefits
      b) Tool for interns, researchers, etc.

    3. Implement quarterly teleconferences

    4. Redesign and implement the H2U design contest
      a) New schedule - 14 months for planning/contest
      b) Greater focus on the site for contest - increase funding
      c) Engage non-engineering students - marketing, architecture
      d) Engage NHA board to support the contest

    5. Act as a liaison to Businesses and National Labs
      a) Improve results for University and Commercial Projects
      b) Develop a link between UWG and the International Association for Hydrogen Energy - WHEC
      c) Interact with other Professional Societies

    6. Increase Influence of Universities in NHA activity

    7. Specify value of the NHA to other Universities
      a) Recruit more members
      b) Increase personal interaction with non-members
      c) Help increase student involvement - Student who get a school to join as a member gain a free registration?

    8. Increase focus on students
      a) Link students between Universities
      b) Build a student group that interacts with the UWG
      c) Go to National Chapters to Communicate Developments