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1994 …2021

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Keith Wipke has been the laboratory program manager for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies program at NREL since 2012. The program covers all aspects of hydrogen and fuel cells—from hydrogen production with renewables to end-use application of fuel cells.

Prior to this role, Wipke worked for 20 years in the area of advanced vehicles. For 9 years, he led NREL’s participation in the Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project (aka the Learning Demo). This activity was later expanded under NREL’s Technology Validation activity to evaluate fuel cell technology in multiple applications, including cars, buses, forklifts, backup power, and stationary power. He also led the Hydrogen Analysis Group, which includes hydrogen infrastructure analysis and technology validation staff.

He is NREL’s representative at the California Fuel Cell Partnership, sits on the Board of Directors of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), and is on the Advisory Board for the Colorado Hydrogen Coalition. 

Research Interests

Early-stage research includes supporting hydrogen production, storage, fuel cells, manufacturing quality control, analysis, and technology acceleration.

Interested in finding opportunities to expand the Hydrogen at Scale Initiative (H2@Scale) through new research partnerships.

Seeking additional strategic partnerships to improve cost, reliability, and availability of hydrogen fueling infrastructure. 

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

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