CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO CONSIDER A REPORT FROM THE FUEL CELL TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL.

The Air Resources Board (the "Board" or "ARB") will conduct a public meeting at the time and place noted below to consider a report from the Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Panel.

DATE: July 30, 1998
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
PLACE: Air Resources Board
Hearing Room. Lower Lever
2020 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

This item will be considered at a two-day meeting of the Board which will commence at 9:00 a.m., July 30, 1998, and will continue at 8:30 a.m., July 31, 1998. This item may not be considered until July 31, 1998. Please consult the agenda for the meeting which will be available at least 10 days before July 30, 1998, to determine the day on which this item will be considered.

INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION

The Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Panel (Panel) was established by ARB in 1996. The goal of the Panel is to assist ARB in developing an independent assessment regarding the potential for fuel cell technology to become a viable option for zero or near-zero emission vehicles within the next five to ten years. The Panel is composed of four scientists who are recognized experts in fuel cell and power system technologies. The Chair of the Panel is Dr. Fritz Kalhammer. The other Panel members are: Dr. Vernon Roan, Dr. Gerald Voecks, and Dr. Paul Prokopius.

The Panel has recently completed a study in which they collected and critically evaluated information on fuel cell technologies that are being researched and developed worldwide for transportation applications. Information was obtained from organizations and individuals considered leaders in the development of fuel cell technologies for vehicle applications.

The Panel determined that all leading auto manufacturers and fuel cell developers have selected Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technologies for their programs. Therefore, the Panel's investigation focused on PEM fuel cell technology and systems. The Panel evaluated information on the current and projected performance of PEM fuel cell stacks, fuel processors and other fuel cell components and subsystems, and issues related to the integration of all components and subsystems into fuel cell powered vehicles. Fuel options and related technical and infrastructure issues were also investigated by the Panel.

The Panel has made findings and conclusions in several areas, including: (1) the state of development of candidate PEM fuel cells, (2) corporate development capabilities and commitments, and (3) prospects for commercial availability of fuel cell powered vehicles within the next five to ten years.

After introductory remarks by ARB staff, the Chair of the Panel, Dr. Fritz Kalhammer, will present an oral report to the Board. The presentation will summarize the major findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Panel. This report is for information: no action by the Board is anticipated. The fuel cell report will be available later this summer.

SUBMITTAL OF COMMENTS

Interested members of the public may present comments orally or in writing. Written comments must be filed with the Clerk of the Board, Air Resources Board, P.O. Box 2815, 95812, no later than 12:00 noon July 29, 1998, or received by the Clerk of the Board at the meeting. Twenty copies of any written statement should be submitted.

CONTACT PERSON

Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Mr. Robert H. Cross, Chief, Mobile Source Control Division, Air Resources Board, P.O. Box 8801, El Monte, California 91731, (626) 575-6807.

CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
 
 
Michael P. Kenny
Executive Officer

Date: July 6, 1998