Making It Safe – SRI Research Hastens the Arrival of the Hydrogen Economy


As government regulation and consumer preference creates a growing, worldwide demand for clean energy and energy-efficient devices, many scientists, policy makers, and industry leaders are considering hydrogen and fuel cells as ways to power everything from portable electronic devices, to cars, to the power plants that produce electricity for homes.

In fact, hydrogen already is an essential component of many industrial processes, including oil refining and chemical manufacturing. Today, the people that produce, transport, and use hydrogen are trained professionals with expert knowledge in hydrogen safety. Hydrogen, like any fuel, has unique characteristics which must be understood fully in order to develop protocols, codes, and standards for its safe use — especially as hydrogen’s use extends to the general public.

This reality is driving the work of a group of scientists at SRI International (www. sri.com), a research institute based in Menlo Park, California. Founded more than 60 years ago as Stanford Research Institute, SRI is now an independent organization that conducts research and development projects for government agencies, corporations, foundations, and other entities.

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