Renewable Hydrogen Forum
The Production Panel of the Hydrogen Roadmap Workshop, held in Washington, D.C. in April, 2002, was heavily influenced by coal and nuclear factions. We fear that this single meeting's recommendations will dictate Department of Energy policy on hydrogen production.
The coal and nuclear emphasis occurred because of a faulty process - in which "democratic voting" was fore-ordained by the makeup of the "Production Panel", which was dominated by representatives from the coal and nuclear industries. Unlike other panels, that production panel was only sparsely represented by persons with a Renewable Energy perspective.
After Mike Nicklas of ASES wrote to Assistant Secretary David Garman about the issue, Garman replied July 15, saying, "We encourage the renewable energy community to convene a roundtable or similar session to review the Roadmap, prepare specific constructive comments regarding the contents of the draft Roadmap, and convey appropriate views and comments to the Department promptly."
Consequently, ASES and Hydrogen Now! are organizing a meeting April 10-11, 2003 to rebut those results, placing an emphasis on using renewable energy to produce hydrogen. The results of this meeting are going to be published, as well as presented to David Garman of the Department of Energy. It will get the renewable energy story on the record - especially for the Congressional Committees which will fund any DoE approach to hydrogen production.