Seminar - January 21, 2020

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Why Hydrogen? Myth Busters

January 21, 2020
1200 – 1250
ME Auditorium


Dr. Jay Keller

Zero Carbon Energy Solutions



In this presentation I will discuss the reasons and motivation for developing hydrogen in the economy. The global energy sector is moving aggressively to a Zero Emission energy sector. The threats of climate change and the need to develop sustainable, environmentally benign energy supplies are important to mitigating climate change and sustaining life on this planet as we know it. Enabling renewable energy is one of a couple of solutions; however, all energy sources will require energy carriers. There are only two that can satisfy the need, electricity and hydrogen. In this presentation I will motivate hydrogen and electricity (batteries) to work in concert.

During the second part of this presentation I will discuss some common misconceptions about hydrogen behavior. Therefore I call it “Myth Busters".



In 1983 Keller received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and in 1979 his Masters of Science (M.S.), both in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on energy, from the University of California (U.C.) at Berkeley. He has over 180 publications in the refereed literature, proceedings of meetings, international symposia, book chapters, and patents.
Keller devoted 18 years to building a globally recognized program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) that advances the science and technologies needed to enable a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting energy system. At its peak this was a $20 Million per year program. Hydrogen programs and projects he has directed include activities in hydrogen fueled conventional technologies (reciprocating (Spark and Compression ignition) and turbine internal combustion engines), fuel cells systems development for utility, mine vehicles and transportation applications, materials science for hydrogen storage, hydrogen effects on materials, molecular separation, fuel cell membranes, systems analysis and engineering, thermochemical solar and nuclear hydrogen production, and the science and engineering behind the development of international regulation codes and standards such as understanding unintended hydrogen release behavior and hydrogen effects in materials. He was the Deputy Di-rector for the Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE), which was the largest of three U.S. Centers of Excellence (CoE) with 19 partners (industry, university, and laboratory).

Keller is now a technical consultant to the DOE and supports all Safety Codes and Standards (SC&S) focusing on international engagements. He is member of the Regulation Codes and Standards Working Group (RCSWG) of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) assisting the DOE who is the co-chair of this working group. He is a Senior Staff Scientist at Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) with a focus activity on regulations codes and standards and safety (RCS); on staff at H2USA supporting the Market Support & Acceleration working group, in this capacity he is the staff for oversight and leadership for safety codes and standards; he is the ISO TC 197- Hydrogen Technologies Technical Program Director (TPD) for the Build Environment and Safety and the TPD for the Americas, and a member of TC/197 Technical Advisory Board, he is on the executive board of IA-HySafe and the chair of the standing research committee of IA-HySafe, chair of the IA-HySafe research priorities workshop, a member of the scientific and organizing committees of the International Conference on Hydrogen Safety. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) executive board. He is on the executive board of AdapTecSA (a Chilean Company) as Co-Director of Technology.




Dr. Daniel A. Nussbaum
Naval Postgraduate School 
Chair, Energy Academic Group
Monterey CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2387
Mobile: 831-324-3228

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