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May 15, 2013
Energy Department Awards Jeff Serfass for Unifying Leadership
Role as strong hydrogen advocate and facilitator seen as vital to developing successful hydrogen industry organizations
Washington, DC - May 15, 2013 -- Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program bestowed a Special Recognition Award to Technology Transition Corporation CEO, Jeff Serfass. Mr. Serfass received the award in recognition of "outstanding leadership, commitment and collaboration in developing a unified industry stakeholder association, and for contributions to the DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program."
Sunita Satyapal, DOE's Manager of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program presented the award recognizing Mr. Serfass for his former role as President of the National Hydrogen Association and current role as President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation alongside the leaders of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association and the former US Fuel Cell Council at DOE's 2013 Annual Merit Review.
"This special award recognizes the outstanding collaboration and commitment demonstrated by the leaders of the former U.S. Fuel Cell Council and the National Hydrogen Association in coming together to create a new and unified fuel cell and hydrogen industry stakeholder association," Dr. Satyapal announced, adding that "Jeff's service over more than 22 years is especially well known for his outstanding support of student education and outreach. He continues to be a very strong advocate for hydrogen energy in numerous other venues, always ensuring that hydrogen and fuel cells are well represented as he branches out into other clean energy technology areas."
|Co-Awardees Morry Markowitz, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association (far left); Jeff Serfass, National Hydrogen Association (left); and Robert Rose, U.S. Fuel Cell Council (far right) with award presenter Dr. Sunita Satyapal, US Department of Energy (right)|
Mr. Serfass, along with 10 companies in 1988, created the first meeting from which the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) was born. For the two decades following, the NHA grew into an international association of more than 120 organizations, a budget of nearly two million dollars per year and a globally recognized name. Its annual event, the NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo, was the longest running annual hydrogen event in the world, the largest hydrogen event in the U.S., and the networking event for the hydrogen energy community with 3,000 attendees at its peak. Perhaps most importantly, as a result of the recent U.S. economic downturn, Mr. Serfass was a key facilitator of the successful 2010 merger of the NHA with the U.S. Fuel Cell Council to form the new Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) which thrives today--a critical move ensuring future growth of the closely linked fuel cell and hydrogen energy industries.
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"I'm honored to be recognized for work we started long ago and am so happy to receive it surrounded by so many close colleagues and friends," said a still surprised Serfass. "Most people don't know that we started the hydrogen energy industry when NASA was the key player in hydrogen. From those roots, the business has turned into thousands of hydrogen forklifts, fuel cell powered buildings and fuel cell electric vehicles driving on our roads today."
Today, Mr. Serfass continues to provide active industry leadership as Managing Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) and President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation, which produces innovative national competitions and events such as the 2012 Washington Fuel Cell Summit.
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