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Standards Community Launches Partnership with DoE and NREL to Support Hydrogen Fuel Initiative

New York, Jun 10, 2004

President George W. Bush tries out a cell phone powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology during a demonstration of energy technologies at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and members of the U.S. codes and standards community have finalized plans for a partnership project to develop a comprehensive online hydrogen fuel cell portal. The collaboration will support the advancement of the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative announced by President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union Address. This online portal is intended to serve as an entry point to other websites and will provide a search engine that will connect the user community to U.S. hydrogen-centric standards.

The President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative commits a total of $1.7 billion over a five-year period to the development of hydrogen-powered fuel cells, hydrogen infrastructure and advanced automotive technologies. Fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electric power while emitting only pure water as exhaust. Because of this, hydrogen is an environmentally friendly power source that has been used by NASA to power spacecrafts for decades, but is still gaining support for its employment in other technology.

The development and dissemination of voluntary codes and standards has been identified as a key element in progressing the initiative. Launch of the portal is considered a major milestone in this effort and has been identified as a priority item for DOE.

Representatives of the standards community and state code officials gathered in New York City on March 19 for preliminary discussions on ways to progress development of the portal. ANSI expressed its commitment to work to construct and populate the system to make the relevant codes and standards readily accessible to code officials and to industry, and to make the portal operational as soon as feasible. The first phase of the project will include a trial of five (5) New England states; the goal is to make the portal accessible for officials and interested parties across the nation.

"Hydrogen fuel cell technologies are expected to meet many of our future energy needs as well as improve our environment," said Bob Feghali, ANSI vice president of business development and chief information officer. "ANSI, NREL and other members of the voluntary codes and standards community are ready to develop and deploy the tools that will connect those who need codes and standards to the documents themselves, to the developers of those materials, and to those who can provide additional information and training about the subject matter."

"The hydrogen fuel cell project is the latest example of strengthening positive cooperation between the public and private sectors," added Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO. "We look forward to partnering with members of the Institute - including the Department of Energy - to accomplish this important project on behalf of the nation."

For related articles about hydrogen fuel cells and other standards-related aspects of Energy and Electricity, please see the Winter|Spring 2004 issue of the ANSI Reporter at or attend the June 2004 ANSI Member Caucus in Washington, DC.