The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be hosting a webinar titled "National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration Status" on Monday, February 6 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. During the webinar, NREL researchers will report on progress the lab has made in deploying fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations through DOE's National Hydrogen Learning Demonstration. This webinar will also update participants on the metrics used by DOE and industry to evaluate the performance of fuel cell electric vehicles and fueling infrastructure in terms of fuel economy, fuel cell durability, refueling time and fueling station use.
Beginning in April 2004, the Learning Demonstration tested, demonstrated and validated fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure, and evaluated the interaction between the vehicles and infrastructure to optimize complete-system solutions. Four teams took part in the Learning Demonstration, led by auto manufacturers Chevron, Daimler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corp. Additionally, Air Products and Chemical, Inc. provided station data through its DOE-funded California Hydrogen Infrastructure Project (CHIP).
The vehicle data was collected from 183 fuel cell electric vehicles spanning 154,000 hours of operation, 3.5 million miles, and more than 500,000 trips. Station data was collected from 25 stations, which produced or dispensed 152,000 kg of hydrogen while fueling the vehicles approximately 33,000 times in all. The project was funded through DOE awards totaling $140 million, with an additional $188 million in cost-share provided by industry partners.