Hydrogen Safety and Awareness Training

ChinoTraining with Peter Lehman

Dr. Peter Lehman delivers a hydrogen safety training to Chino Valley firefighters. (Photo credit SERC)

SERC Director Dr. Peter Lehman and Senior Research Engineer Jim Zoellick recently provided a hydrogen safety and awareness training to staff and safety officials at the State University of New York at Buffalo. SUNY Buffalo just received two hydrogen powered Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles and a portable refueling appliance from Quantum Technologies. The project is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

SERC provided safety and code review services for SUNY Buffalo’s proposed refueling installation. SERC also conducted a very successful three-hour safety and awareness training. According to Paul Hoffman, the maintenance department manager at SUNY Buffalo, his crew was very concerned about handling hydrogen vehicles. In fact, they had gone to their union steward and asked whether they could be forced to fuel the vehicles. However, following the SERC training Paul said his crew was very enthusiastic and had no problems fueling and handling the vehicles. One of the points we stress in our trainings is that if hydrogen is handled properly, it is no more dangerous than other transportation fuels we are accustomed to using. We think they got it.

About Jim Zoellick

James is a Senior Research Engineer at SERC. He has a B.S. Degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University, and has worked professionally in the energy field since 1990. Since 1995 he has been a project manager at SERC and has been involved in the design, development, installation, and start-up of electrolytic hydrogen generation systems, hydrogen vehicle fueling stations, hydrogen fuel cell power systems, and solar electric power systems. Mr. Zoellick was the project manager and lead designer for both the Schatz Hydrogen Generation Center and the Zweig Education Building Fuel Cell System at SunLine Transit . Mr. Zoellick's additional work at SERC has included the development and demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell systems for real world applications, including vehicles and stationary, portable and remote power systems. Mr. Zoellick has also been involved in the design, installation, testing and modeling of photovoltaic energy systems, including the design and installation of a 2 kW AC grid-intertied system at the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology. Mr. Zoellick has taught several college level energy courses. He is the current chairman for the City of Arcata Energy Committee.