U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

Baseline Survey Identifies Knowledge and Opinions About Hydrogen

May 3, 2006

The DOE Hydrogen Program recently published the findings of its 2004 Hydrogen Baseline Knowledge and Opinion Survey.  The statistically-valid scientific survey was the first of its kind to measure the knowledge and related opinions of hydrogen technologies among four audiences on a national level. Surveyed audiences included the public, students, state and local government officials, and potential end users in three categories (transportation, businesses that need uninterruptible power, and large power users).

The data collected will help direct the development of DOE hydrogen education activities and provide a baseline from which to measure changes in knowledge and opinion over time. Among the key conclusions drawn from the survey data is that there is a direct correlation between technical knowledge of hydrogen and opinions about hydrogen safety.