Secretary of Energy Appoints Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee

    June 20, 2006

    Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman today announced the members of DOE's new Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC).  Formed in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, HTAC will advise the Secretary on issues related to the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, a key component of President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative.  HTAC will give recommendations to the Secretary regarding DOE's programs, plans, and activities, as well as safety, economic, and environmental issues related to hydrogen. 

    "Research, development and deployment of hydrogen is central to President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative," Secretary Bodman said.  "Receiving candid advice from this committee is one of the many ways we are working to meet the President's goal of moving toward a hydrogen economy and reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil."

    The 25 selected members comprise a balanced committee of both technical expertise and stakeholder viewpoints.  HTAC membership includes representatives of domestic industry, academia, professional societies, government agencies, financial organizations and environmental groups, as well as experts in the area of hydrogen safety.   For more information and a list of committee members, refer to the DOE news release.