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Proposal to Cut DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicle Programs Must Be Reconsidered

Sacramento, Calif. — Secretary Chu’s decision to remove hydrogen R&D and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle demonstration programs from the Department of Energy’s 2010 budget request is a great disappointment and must be reconsidered.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have progressed to the point where some automakers are ready to begin early commercialization,” said CaFCP’s executive director, Catherine Dunwoody. “Stopping federal investment at this point is like a coach pulling back an Olympic athlete who has trained for years, just as the trials begin. We can’t wait for the next round. We’re ready to go.”

Working together, scientists and engineers from industry, government and academia have consistently met or exceeded the DOE Hydrogen Program’s ambitious goals for energy efficiency, vehicle range, system durability, and reduced cost both in the lab and on the road. It’s surprising that a program that consistently meets its goals and shows tremendous progress would have its funding deferred.

Dunwoody continued, “We are on our way toward commercially viable zero-emission vehicles that will meet Americans’ needs for full function, long range vehicles using domestically produced fuel that cuts greenhouse gases by 50% or more.”

“I invite Secretary Chu and President Obama to drive one of the 300-plus hydrogen fuel cell vehicles automakers and transit agencies have already placed on the road. We can deliver passenger FCVs to their doorsteps in Washington DC, and they can fuel at the Shell hydrogen station nearby. Like the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have driven in these vehicles, their experience will convince them to participate in the final stretch of bringing these clean, fuel-efficient vehicles to market.”

In March of this year, the California Fuel Cell Partnership released a plan for the first phase of an early commercial market for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The “action plan” includes real numbers of fuel cell vehicles that the automakers are planning to place in California – 4,300 by 2014 and nearly 50,000 by 2017. It calls for a network of retail hydrogen stations to provide fuel for the first fuel cell vehicle customers. The State of California marked their continued support for hydrogen by committing $40 million toward these retail stations.

CaFCP Contact:
Roy Kim
(714) 423-0099
rkim@cafcp.org

May 10, 2009 - 11:47 AM
3 comments »
  • Mytake

    May 10, 2009 | 12:04 PM

    And yet another Bilderberg knife into the the back of the hydrogen fuel cell.

    Here is the attendee list for the 2008 secret 135 international member Bilderberg meeting held in Virginia, last June. with the U.S. attendee’s highlighted: : http://illegalprotest.com/2008/06/08/list-of-bilderberg-2008-attendees-globalists-exposed/ .

    So there is Sanford sitting there with Rockefeller and the NY power trust (Paulson, Geithner, Summers, Bernanke and others). And the oil cartel is very worried about hydrogen fuel cell’s making it into the automotive sector as it would quickly annihilate their profits. So they had Obama, Chu and Sanford kill off the fuel cell automotive projects in S.C. with Sandford programmed to say that they back the wrong HORSE.

    If Americans mass protested the Bilderberg Group and its Rockefeller interlock: Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. would be well on its way to the HYDROGEN ECONOMY!

    Chu holds membership in the Council on Foreign Relations (3000 membership base) which is organized, controlled and funded by Rockefeller and the Foundations. He will follow the CFR orders precisely which is to stop the emergence of the hydrogen fuel cell automotive sector. You are not going to impair the NY oil and financial power base by giving everyone a transportation and residential fuel cell until you take to the streets and demand this change.

    Oh, and as for the popular Obama, this was his initiation into the Bilderberg Group as recruited by Vernon Jordon: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-stevens/barack-obama-the-man-i-k_b_84866.html .

    So the Obama administration, supplied with 300 members of the CFR, will follow the Rockefeller dictates to perfection.

  • howdy kabrins

    May 10, 2009 | 12:37 PM

    MY COMPANY FULL CYCLE ENERGY HAS A BREAKTHROUGH CATALYST. WE REDUCE PLATINUM LOADING BY 2/3′S AND INCREASE DURABILITY BY 10X.

    WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO WASHINGTON FOR DOE MEETINGS. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON. DO WE LET CHINA RUN AWAY WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY AND ONE DAY MAYBE BECOME A CUSTOMER.

    WHAT CAN WE DO?

  • John

    May 10, 2009 | 1:27 PM

    I disagree with Chu’s decision to remove Hydrogen R&D out of the 2010 budget, but if the US isn’t aggressive with a hydrogen technology plan, other countries will lead. Instead of buying oil from other countries we will be buying hydrogen, hydrogen technology, and related products in the future.

    Centralized power and a new smart grid is very important, but adding decentralized power generation is also key to our energy independence. As we install more Wind and Solar farms we will need to Store and Move energy short-term without a smart grid and that equates to using Hydrogen Generators local to the installations. By producing decentralized power with today’s Solar and Wind Hydrogen technology, we will over time, diversify our sources and remove transportation costs out of the cost equation. This Hydrogen could be then delivered to local distribution stations or stored for use in fuel cells for stationary and mobile applications. You just shouldn’t plan massive Solar and Wind expansion projects without this kind of storage and distribution plan component. Hydrogenics (HYGS) is one of the key companies supplying these Hydrogen Generators and Fuel Cells, now involved in several like projects outside of the US. Today’s technology for today’s decentralized power.