Hydrogen technologies bask in the sunlight at LLNL, Sandia community event

Feb. 22, 2011

Hydrogen technologies bask in the sunlight at LLNL, Sandia community event

Linda A Lucchetti, lucchetti1@llnl.gov, 925-422-5815
Hydrogen -- the lightest and most abundant element of the universe -- took center stage at an informal, outdoor event held in downtown Livermore Tuesday morning.

Community members and elected officials, joined representatives from Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories, along with those from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to pay homage to the element that holds great promise as an abundant clean energy source.

With the backdrop of two hydrogen powered buses now shared by Livermore's two DOE laboratories, Ron Cochran, executive officer of LLNL and Robert Carling, director of Sandia's Transportation Energy Center each spoke about the focus on hydrogen and fuel cell technology research and the strong collaboration between the two labs.

"We want to engage the public," Cochran said about LLNL's goal for community outreach that hopes to demonstrate the safety and advantages of hydrogen energy.

"Sandia National Laboratories has been involved in hydrogen activities for many, many years," Carling said. "The buses you see here today take advantage of the expertise of the respective laboratories in a new and different way."

John Garbak, technology development manager of DOE's Fuel Cell Technology Program, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, traveled from Washington, D.C. to take part. He said that it is important to educate the community about clean energy options. "The national labs have helped accelerate this progress. I applaud you on your efforts and your leadership in this event."

"I hope we have more opportunities to do this," said Alice Williams of the DOE Livermore Site Office echoing the sentiments about educating the community.

After the formal remarks, attendees were invited to take a ride on the hydrogen bus, chat with scientists and view displays offered by both laboratories, including (LLNL) hydrogen safety sensors, energy flow charts, and the Toyota Prius car equipped with a cryogenic tank. Sandia displays included the use of fuel cells on commercial aircraft, hydrogen storage for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and a fuel mobile lighting system that made the spotlight in Hollywood when used at the Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe award ceremonies.

Watch the video to see more of the event.