Recommendation [2-12]. DOE should accelerate work on delayed ignition of unintended hydrogen releases, including in parking structures and tunnels, in support of various efforts to develop and revise building codes.

Technical Validation

Recommendation [2-13]. DOE should continue to disseminate the results of the technical validation activity to supporting organizations outside the Partnership in order to promote widespread innovation and competition. DOE management needs to systematically evaluate the information being generated by each project to determine when the project should be terminated based on its relevance and on the value of the information. On the other hand, DOE management should not prematurely drop support for the overall technical validation and learning demonstrations as their importance cannot be overemphasized. DOE and the Partnership should develop a long-range plan for technology validation that continues to at least 2015.

Recommendation [2-14]. DOE management should maintain adequate support for technical validation as it is essential to the overall Partnership. This support should be balanced and cover both the vehicles themselves and the fuel infrastructure needed. To achieve the rapid learning that the overall project requires, DOE should also keep the validation activities focused on their primary purpose—the accumulation, analysis, and dissemination of experience from the field. Safety should be stressed throughout the learning demonstration program, because an accident early on could attract publicity out of proportion to its true consequences.

Building Partnerships with New Ventures

Recommendation [2-15]. DOE should conduct a systematic assessment of the success (or failure) of all its SBIR/STTR-funded companies rather than selected case studies.

Recommendation [2-16]. The Partnership should seek ways beyond the SBIR and STTR programs to improve communications between it and the entrepreneurial community.


Advanced Combustion, Emissions Control, and Hydrocarbon Fuels

Recommendation [3-1]. The Partnership should formulate and implement a clear set of criteria to identify and provide support to ICE combustion and emission

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