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Notice of Staff Workshop
Fuel Cells in California: Opportunities and Barriers


The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to present the status and commercialization prospects for fuel cell systems in both stationary and transportation applications within California.

9 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:


The purpose of this workshop is to gather information on the current technical status and commercialization prospects for fuel cells in California. Experts from both the transportation and stationary power sectors will discuss the technical hurdles remaining for fuel cell development, financing and marketing challenges, manufacturing requirements, end user expectations and appropriate roles for state government in Fuel Cell Research, Development and Demonstration. The presentations and panel sessions will cover proton exchange membrane, solid oxide, molten carbonate, and phosphoric acid fuel cells.


The Energy Commission has funded several fuel cell research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programs over the past dozen years. Fuel cell commercialization is of interest to the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative (stationary applications, including hydrogen energy stations) and to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (transportation applications). The Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program has authority to fund both stationary and transportation RD&D.

The results from this workshop will be utilized by the Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation (EPAG) area of PIER in preparing a 5-Year Roadmap that will help guide future PIER funding of fuel cell projects. In particular, the roadmap will identify areas where PIER funding will accelerate the development and commercialization of fuel cells to benefit the California ratepayer.

Information about prior EPAG projects can be found online

Written Comments

Members of the public and stakeholders may submit written comments, either prior to or after the workshop, to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: PIER Fuel Cell Workshop
[Arthur J Soinski, PhD, MS-43]
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Comments via e-mail should be sent to asoinski@energy.state.ca.us (include in the subject line: Fuel Cells in California).

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Provision will be made for internet access to the presentations.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

For technical questions on the subject matter, please send an e-mail to [asoinski@energy.state.ca.us]

Date Posted: May 12, 2006

Mail Lists: distgen (Distributed Generation), researcwg (Energy RD&D, PIER Program)

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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