Comments on Draft Roadmap on Manufacturing Research and Development for the Hydrogen Economy, 9331-9332 [06-1704]

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AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Energy requests comment on its draft Roadmap on Manufacturing Research and Development (R&D) for the Hydrogen Economy. This draft roadmap is designed to guide research and development of manufacturing processes to reduce the cost and enhance the reliability of critical hydrogen and fuel cell components and systems. DATES: The draft roadmap will be open for public comment until April 24, 2006. ADDRESSES: The draft roadmap is available at http:// www.hydrogen.energy.gov. Address all PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9331 comments on this roadmap via the Web site at http://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/ manufacturing_form.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. JoAnn Milliken, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Station EE–2H, Attn: JoAnn Milliken, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, Phone: (202) 586–2480, e-mail JoAnn.Milliken@ee.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The mission of DOE’s Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies Program is to research, develop and validate fuel cell and hydrogen production, delivery, and storage technologies. Hydrogen from diverse domestic resources will then be used in a clean, safe, reliable, and affordable manner in fuel cell vehicles and stationary power applications. Development of hydrogen energy will ensure that the United States has an abundant, reliable, and affordable supply of clean energy to maintain the Nation’s prosperity throughout the 21st century. The President established the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and the Manufacturing Initiative to meet critical national needs that involve energy security, environmental quality, and economic well-being. The Hydrogen Fuel Initiative aims to reverse America’s growing dependence on imported oil by developing the technology needed for commercially viable hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The Manufacturing Initiative, which addresses the entire manufacturing sector in the United States, will strengthen American manufacturing, create new jobs, and help U.S. manufacturers become more competitive in the global marketplace. The Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy describes activities at the intersection of these two initiatives. Manufacturing covers a broad range of components and systems related to hydrogen production and delivery, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage. The transition to a hydrogen economy will take decades. Significant challenges must be overcome to move from today’s components and systems, built using laboratory-scale fabrication technologies, to high-volume commercially manufactured products. Essential manufacturing needs for the initial transition to a hydrogen economy include distributed production and delivery, on-board vehicle storage, and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The roadmap identifies the challenges to manufacturing the hydrogen E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 9332 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 36 / Thursday, February 23, 2006 / Notices production, storage, and fuel cell technologies that will be required for the initial transition to the hydrogen economy. R&D of manufacturing processes will play a pivotal role in reducing cost of hydrogen technologies and in building the supplier base needed to move the U.S. toward a clean and sustainable energy future. Based on the results of a July 2005 workshop, the roadmap consolidates recommendations of hydrogen and fuel cell experts from industry, universities, and national laboratories. Led by the DOE and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the workshop and roadmap are the result of a collaboration of the Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing R&D established through the President’s National Science and Technology Council. See the press release from Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman at http://www.energy.gov/print/3098.htm. The roadmap is posted on the Internet at the Web site identified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The goal of the DOE Hydrogen Program is to develop the technology needed for commercially viable hydrogen-powered fuel cells by 2015. Through public-private partnerships, the DOE is working to reduce the cost and enhance the durability of hydrogen technologies to enable industry to put fuel cell vehicles in the showroom and provide hydrogen at refueling stations by 2020. For more information about the DOE Hydrogen Program, visit http:// www.hydrogen.energy.gov. Issued in Washington, DC, on February 17, 2006. Douglas L. Faulkner, Acting Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 06–1704 Filed 2–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–R04–OAR–2005–AL–0003–200604; FRL–8036–2 ] Adequacy Status of the Birmingham, AL 8-hour Ozone Redesignation and Maintenance Demonstration for Transportation Conformity Purposes Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of adequacy. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: Alabama 8-hour ozone redesignation and maintenance demonstration, dated January 27, 2006, by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. On March 2, 1999, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that submitted State Implementation Plans (SIPs) cannot be used for transportation conformity determinations until EPA has affirmatively found them adequate. As a result of EPA’s finding, the Birmingham area can use the MVEBs from the submitted Birmingham, Alabama 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for future conformity determinations. 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The Birmingham, Alabama 8-hour ozone maintenance area is comprised of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. EPA’s adequacy comment period ran from November 17, 2005, through December 19, 2005. During EPA’s adequacy comment period no adverse comments were received. This finding has also been announced on EPA’s conformity Web site: http:// www.epa.gov/otaq/transp/conform/ adequacy.htm, (once there, look for ‘‘What SIP submissions are currently under EPA Adequacy Review?’’). The adequate MVEBs are provided in the following table: Jkt 205001 2017 NOX .............................................. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Dated: February 13, 2006. A. Stanley Meiburg, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4. [FR Doc. E6–2575 Filed 2–22–06; 8:45 am] [Tons per day] 2017 VOC .............................................. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42 Transportation conformity is required by section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990. EPA’s conformity rule requires that transportation plans, programs and projects conform to state air quality implementation plans and establishes the criteria and procedures for determining whether or not they do. Conformity to a SIP means that transportation activities will not produce new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the national ambient air quality standards. The criteria by which EPA determines whether a SIP’s MVEBs are adequate for transportation conformity purposes are outlined in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4). Please note that an adequacy review is separate from EPA’s completeness review, and it also should not be used to prejudge EPA’s ultimate approval of the SIP. Even if EPA finds the MVEBs adequate, the Agency may later determine that the SIP itself is not approvable. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Comments on Draft Roadmap on Manufacturing Research and 
Development for the Hydrogen Economy

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Energy requests comment on its draft Roadmap 
on Manufacturing Research and Development (R&D) for the Hydrogen 
Economy. This draft roadmap is designed to guide research and 
development of manufacturing processes to reduce the cost and enhance 
the reliability of critical hydrogen and fuel cell components and 
systems.

DATES: The draft roadmap will be open for public comment until April 
24, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The draft roadmap is available at http://
www.hydrogen.energy.gov. Address all comments on this roadmap via the 
Web site at http://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/manufacturing_form.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. JoAnn Milliken, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Station 
EE-2H, Attn: JoAnn Milliken, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, 
DC 20585-0121, Phone: (202) 586-2480, e-mail JoAnn.Milliken@ee.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The mission of DOE's Hydrogen, Fuel Cells 
and Infrastructure Technologies Program is to research, develop and 
validate fuel cell and hydrogen production, delivery, and storage 
technologies. Hydrogen from diverse domestic resources will then be 
used in a clean, safe, reliable, and affordable manner in fuel cell 
vehicles and stationary power applications. Development of hydrogen 
energy will ensure that the United States has an abundant, reliable, 
and affordable supply of clean energy to maintain the Nation's 
prosperity throughout the 21st century.
    The President established the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and the 
Manufacturing Initiative to meet critical national needs that involve 
energy security, environmental quality, and economic well-being. The 
Hydrogen Fuel Initiative aims to reverse America's growing dependence 
on imported oil by developing the technology needed for commercially 
viable hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The Manufacturing Initiative, which 
addresses the entire manufacturing sector in the United States, will 
strengthen American manufacturing, create new jobs, and help U.S. 
manufacturers become more competitive in the global marketplace. The 
Roadmap on Manufacturing R&D for the Hydrogen Economy describes 
activities at the intersection of these two initiatives. Manufacturing 
covers a broad range of components and systems related to hydrogen 
production and delivery, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage. The 
transition to a hydrogen economy will take decades. Significant 
challenges must be overcome to move from today's components and 
systems, built using laboratory-scale fabrication technologies, to 
high-volume commercially manufactured products. Essential manufacturing 
needs for the initial transition to a hydrogen economy include 
distributed production and delivery, on-board vehicle storage, and 
polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.
    The roadmap identifies the challenges to manufacturing the hydrogen

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production, storage, and fuel cell technologies that will be required 
for the initial transition to the hydrogen economy. R&D of 
manufacturing processes will play a pivotal role in reducing cost of 
hydrogen technologies and in building the supplier base needed to move 
the U.S. toward a clean and sustainable energy future.
    Based on the results of a July 2005 workshop, the roadmap 
consolidates recommendations of hydrogen and fuel cell experts from 
industry, universities, and national laboratories. Led by the DOE and 
the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the workshop and 
roadmap are the result of a collaboration of the Interagency Working 
Group on Manufacturing R&D established through the President's National 
Science and Technology Council. See the press release from Energy 
Secretary Samuel W. Bodman at http://www.energy.gov/print/3098.htm. The 
roadmap is posted on the Internet at the Web site identified in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice.
    The goal of the DOE Hydrogen Program is to develop the technology 
needed for commercially viable hydrogen-powered fuel cells by 2015. 
Through public-private partnerships, the DOE is working to reduce the 
cost and enhance the durability of hydrogen technologies to enable 
industry to put fuel cell vehicles in the showroom and provide hydrogen 
at refueling stations by 2020.
    For more information about the DOE Hydrogen Program, visit http://
www.hydrogen.energy.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 17, 2006.
Douglas L. Faulkner,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 06-1704 Filed 2-22-06; 8:45 am]
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