FY 2008 Request: $500,000
RITA was created by Congress with the primary objective of serving as the Department’s focal point for coordination of crosscutting research and clearing the pathway to technology deployment. To fulfill its role as Department of Transportation’s lead agency in support of the Administration’s Hydrogen Fuels Initiative, RITA will continue to coordinate, manage and execute key components of the Department’s hydrogen activities. Many of these activities will be conducted in collaboration with DOT, Federal, State, academic, and industry partners.
FY 2007 Base
The requested funding level for RITA’s Hydrogen program was $495,000.
FY 2007 Accomplishments
FY 20077 Hydrogen Executive Leadership Panel deliverables including the
first Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Emergency Response training and education
program and begin distribution with the National Association of State Fire
hydrogen infrastructure analysis study and continue collaboration on other
hydrogen pathways projects under the UC Davis led partnership.
FY 2008 Hydrogen budget priorities for inclusion in the Department’s FY
2008 budget guidance to all DOT Operating Administrations.
FY 2008 RD&T Hydrogen budget requests to ensure alignment with DOT
Strategic objectives and priorities.
the first Phase of Hydrogen Materials Compatibility Research with Sandia
and manage multimodal transportation-related Hydrogen and related RESEARCH and partnership activities in support of the Department’s Hydrogen program.
Hydrogen and advanced propulsion and alternative fuel projects under
opportunities for cross cutting and multi-modal research within DOT.
- Continue efforts in support of the President’s Hydrogen
Initiative including participation in National and international R&D
will continue to maintain and revise, and update the DOT and Federal
on Funding availability, RITA will initiate targeted research aimed at
addressing near-term gaps identified in the independent DOT safety gap
analysis study completed in FY 2006. The gaps relate to technology development and validation of
hydrogen transport and storage.
FY 2008 Budget
will enable RITA to continue the progress made in FY 2007. The programs enumerated in the proposal
are directly in line with RITA’s mission and objectives to coordinate and
lead multi-modal research. Each
program has broad reaching benefit to multiple operating administrations
within DOT. The proposal also
responds to direct stakeholder and industry needs in advancing the
will continue to conduct materials compatibility research and Sandia
National laboratory for design and operations guidelines for hydrogen
delivery and transport systems including pipeline, pressure vessels, and
fuel storage systems.
will conduct targeted research aimed at addressing near-term gaps
identified in the independent DOT safety gap analysis study completed in
FY 2006. The gaps relate to
technology development and validation of hydrogen transport and storage.
will continue involvement in domestic and international partnerships, code
and standards development organizations to develop safety codes,
standards, and regulations and, projects and activities to ensure the
safety of hydrogen transportation.
will continue its partnership with the National Association of State Fire
Marshals to conduct and execute the Hydrogen Executive Leadership Panel
(HELP) and continue the national program to educate and train the state
and local public safety officials and first responders. This program works to ensure the safety
of communities using or near hydrogen pipelines, infrastructure, and
vehicles by improving the fire and first responder service’s ability to
respond to incidents and provide guidance and education to local officials
engaged in codes and standards development, implementation, and
enforcement. In FY 2008, DOT and
HELP will continue to refine a hydrogen safety training program for
firefighters and first responders and continue to disseminate their train
the trainer and general information packages. HELP will continue to expand its
national outreach program to promote awareness of hydrogen transportation
safety. HELP will also continue to
develop recommended practices and provide input into related consensus
codes and standards.
will conduct research to develop, evaluate, and validate under real world
conditions non-destructive testing and other safety and inspection technologies
that will facilitate the reliable and safe operation of components of the
hydrogen transportation system.
will continue to support collaborative demonstration efforts for hydrogen
stations, vehicles, and infrastructure with federal, state, local,
industry, and academia partners. These demonstrations will focus on
evaluating real world real use operational scenarios and validation.
will continue to maintain national and DOT hydrogen websites.
will also continue to execute individual projects and participate in
collaborative efforts including the UC Davis Hydrogen pathways program
that analyze or advance the hydrogen initiative and facilitate an
effective transition to the hydrogen economy.
Explanation of Funding Changes for Hydrogen Fuels Safety R&D
The increase is due to a reallocation of funding within the R&D account.