Publication Detail

Toward a Fuel Cell Future: Planning for the Commercialization of Fuel Cells


Research Report

Suggested Citation:
Miller, Marshall (1993) Toward a Fuel Cell Future: Planning for the Commercialization of Fuel Cells. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-93-26

Proceedings hosted by Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District

At a workshop on fuel cell commercialization held in Tucson, Arizona in November 1992 in conjunction with a large fuel cell conference, it was suggested that a future conference should focus on overcoming the barriers to introducing fuel cells. This conference, "Toward a Fuel Cell Future," is what resulted.

Historically California has led the nation in advocating environmentally benign technologies. The California Air Resources Board's Low Emission Vehicle program with its Zero Emission Vehicle mandate and utility regulation pushing lower emission electricity generation are two examples. Since California regulation can provide significant benefits for fuel cell commercialization, the conference was held in the state capital to encourage California regulators and legislators to participate in the discussions and to maintain their environmentally forward thinking. Consequently, the conference speakers included many representatives of California utilities and regulatory groups, and discussions often focused on California issues.

All the talks and panel discussions were recorded by the Keens Company. The Keens Company then prepared a transcript of the entire conference which consists of a detailed summary of all talks including questions and answers. This transcript was reviewed by the speakers and appropriate changes made. Selected copies of the transparencies used in some of the talks are included in the written transcript after the appropriate session.

To stimulate discussion at this conference, issue briefs discussing obstacles to commercialization and strategies to overcome them were distributed prior to the conference. These briefs focused on 6 specific obstacles which were identified either at the Tucson workshop or through conversations with members of the fuel cell community. Each brief suggested one or more strategies to overcome the identified barrier. These briefs along with a more detailed description of how they were prepared are included in these proceedings after the written transcript. An attendees list is included at the end of the proceedings.