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2016 Workshop on Next Generation Power Electronics for Enabling Large-Scale Deployment of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

NIST, Gaithersburg, MD


*Page will be updated frequently*

(December 19, 2016)


Proceedings Summary 



Key Questions




Overview of DOE Fuel Cell (FC), Water Electrolyzer (WE), and Wide-Bandgap (WBG) Power Electronics Programs

  1. Allen Hefner 
  2. Reuben Sarkar
  3. Mark Ruth

Panel 1:  Fuel Cell Systems Requirements ‒ Dimitrios Papageorgopoulos

  1. Ralph Teichmann
  2. David Reale
  3. Randy Petri
  4. 30-minute discussion period

Panel 2: Water Electrolysis (WE) Systems Requirements ‒ David Peterson

  1. Kevin Harrison
  2. Monjid Hamdan
  3. John Zagaja
  4. Joseph Hartvigsen
  5. Thomas I. Valdez
  6. 30-minute discussion period

Panel 3:  Grid Integration Requirements for Generation, Storage, and Active Loads

  1. George Berntsen
  2. Charlie Vartarian
  3. Guohui Yuan
  4. 30-minute discussion period

Panel 3:  Medium-Voltage WBG Power Electronics for Grid Integration of FC and WE Systems

  1. Jeff Casady
  2. Fred Wang
  3. Victor Veliadis
  4. 30-minute discussion period

Discussion Session:  Discussion of Combined Answers to Key Questions ‒ Al Hefner

Key Questions for Panel Discussions:

  • What is the relative cost of power electronics in the overall cost of FC and WE systems? What are the major costs in the power electronics components? 
  • What are the practical limitations on FC and WE stack voltage and current? How does this vary with system size? 
  • What are the time scales of FC and WE transient response for grid support and load following applications?  
  • What are approaches for integration of WE with renewable power sources?  
  • What are the grid interconnection requirements for FC generation and reversible electrolysis systems?  
  • What are potential grid support applications where reversible electrolysis and FC generation systems might provide value?  
  • How can power electronics improve the load following and grid support capability while also minimizing FC and WE stack degradation?  
  • What power conditioning system and microgrid architectures including AC and DC circuits might be most effective? What are the trade-offs? 
  • How can the Power Electronics industry help with the supply chain development particularly using the new WBG components? 
Created December 21, 2016