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2015 Webinar Archives

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Webinars presented in 2015:

Hydrogen Equipment Certification Guide

December 10, 2015

The webinar introduced the Hydrogen Equipment Certification Guide, a document intended to aid in equipment approval until listed equipment are available for the entirety of equipment and components. Additionally, the webinar also started a public comment phase of the document for soliciting stakeholder feedback in preparation for a September 2016 release.

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Northeast States’ Hydrogen Economy

December 1, 2015

This webinar focused on state efforts to support the regional development of hydrogen infrastructure for the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the Northeast United States. The presentation identified strategies, methods, and policies being employed in the Northeast states, from Maine to Maryland, to coordinate stakeholders, manage information, reduce potential barriers, and create new market opportunities for logical deployment of high efficiency FCEVs.

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Reference Designs for Hydrogen Fueling Stations

October 13, 2015

The goal of the H2FIRST Reference Station Design Task is to accelerate acceptance of near-term hydrogen infrastructure build-out by exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various station designs. This webinar discussed the process and findings of the work, recommended future research, and development topics, and outlined planned next steps for the Reference Station Design Task.

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H2 Refuel H-Prize Updates and Q&A

September 22, 2015

This webinar provided recent updates and new information about the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, including the recent update to the H2 Refuel Guidelines, additional information for competitors, and the registration process. H2 Refuel is the 2014–2016 H-Prize competition challenging America’s innovators to develop an on-site hydrogen generation system, using electricity or natural gas, to fuel hydrogen vehicles that can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites, or similar locations. The best entry that meets all the requirements and scores the highest on the technical and cost criteria will win $1 million. The H-Prize is administered by the Hydrogen Education Foundation and sponsored by DOE.

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Analysis Using Fuel Cell Material Handling Equipment (MHE) for Shaving Peak Building Energy

August 11, 2015

This webinar explored the synergy between a facility's use of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and its reduction of electric grid time of use energy charges. Electric fuel cell forklifts use electricity generated from hydrogen fuel and can be used for either mobility or to offset grid charges associated with peak facility demands. The analyzed scenarios focused on how different buildings can benefit from offsetting their peak energy demands by connecting fuel cells to their internal power systems. The webinar included a techno-economic analysis as well as competitive analysis for the alternative peak-shaving apparatus.

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H2 Refuel H-Prize Safety Guidance

August 6, 2015

This webinar included a discussion on safety planning and what information should be included in the safety plan document for the Fuel Cell Technologies Office's $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition. As part of the design submission for finalist selection, contestants must include a safety plan and a hazard analysis. There also was a general discussion on codes and standards and the need for local fire/building approval requirements. Members of the Hydrogen Safety Panel led the discussion and answered questions.

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H2 Refuel H-Prize Overview and Q&A

June 25, 2015

This webinar focused on the $1 million H2 Refuel 2014–2016 H-Prize competition, which challenges America's innovators to deploy an on-site hydrogen generation system, using electricity or natural gas, to fuel hydrogen vehicles that can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites, or similar locations. The best entry that meets all the requirements and scores the highest on the technical and cost criteria will win $1 million. The H-Prize is administered by the Hydrogen Education Foundation and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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H2 Refuel H-Prize Technical Data Collection Requirements

May 14, 2015

This webinar provided testing specifications and plans for the Energy Department's Fuel Cell Technologies Office's $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, a two-year competition administered by the Hydrogen Education Foundation that challenges America's engineers and entrepreneurs to develop systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling. The testing specification documents are intended to inform potential contestants about the type of data that will need to be provided and how to ensure that it is compatible with the data collection system. For more information on the H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition, visit hydrogenprize.org.

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Overview of Station Analysis Tools Developed in Support of H2USA

May 12, 2015

This webinar provided a basic introduction to two new models—the Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM) and the Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST)—developed by Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, respectively. The tools were designed to address key technical and financial barriers to hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment. HRSAM will help to assess the impact of station design on the economics and incorporates a station’s capital and operating cost based on key design variables such as station capacity and mode of hydrogen delivery. To complement HRSAM, H2FAST provides in-depth financial analysis including cash flow and return on investments for hydrogen fueling stations based on key financial inputs such as station capital cost, operating cost, and financing mechanisms.

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National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource for Emergency Responders

March 24, 2015

This webinar discussed the launch of a new, free, online national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders. Developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the resource provides a single repository of credible and reliable information related to hydrogen and fuel cells that is current and accurate and eliminates duplicative efforts among various training programs.

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Overview of Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001224: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

March 10, 2015

This webinar outlined information regarding Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001224: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations. This FOA covers a broad spectrum of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office portfolio with areas of interest ranging from research and development to demonstration and deployment projects.

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2nd International Hydrogen Infrastructure Challenges Webinar

March 10, 2015

This webinar summarized the second international information exchange on the hydrogen refueling infrastructure challenges and potential solutions to support the successful global commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The information exchange took place in May 2014 at Toyota's Torrance, California, facility as a follow up to the previous June 2013 workshop in Berlin, Germany. Participants included topical experts from Germany, Japan, the United States, Scandinavia, and the European Commission. The webinar focused on the station requirements necessary to meet the latest SAE J2601 protocol and the development of alternative fueling protocols; maintaining and measuring purity to the SAE J2619 fuel quality standard; the availability and accuracy of meters for hydrogen dispensing for 700 bar onboard fueling; and the current status of key hardware for 700 bar refueling.

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Highly Efficient Solar Thermochemical Reaction Systems

January 13, 2015

This webinar focused on DOE's investments in micro- and meso-channel reactors and heat exchangers, which has led to the development of a highly compact reaction system that efficiently converts concentrated solar energy into chemical energy. The webinar described the evolving status of the technology with a focus on near-term, anticipated applications that include fuel cells, combustion gas turbines, and the production of various chemical products.

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