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Akaka honored for supporting hydrogen energy

Jeff Serfass, president of the National Hydrogen Association, presents Sen. Daniel K. Akaka with the Spark Matsunaga Memorial Hydrogen Award Tuesday, June 15 on Capitol Hill. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Akaka's Office)


The National Hydrogen Association presented Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) with the Spark Matsunaga Memorial Hydrogen Award Tuesday, June 15 in recognition for his work supporting clean renewable energy from hydrogen and its related technologies. The other 2010 recipients are Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“It is critical that we transition away from using energy in ways that pollute our land, air, and oceans to using clean technologies like hydrogen fuel cells,” Akaka said. “I am honored to receive this award named for Sparky, who was an early champion of hydrogen technologies here in Congress.”

National Hydrogen Association President Jeff Serfass said: “For over two decades Sen. Akaka has demonstrated a strong commitment to hydrogen technologies, first by authoring companion legislation in the House to Sen. Matsunaga’s Hydrogen Development Act, then by succeeding Sen. Matsunaga and carrying on his legacy by championing his bill through the Senate. In the years since, he has maintained consistent support of deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.”

Akaka is a founding member of the Senate Hydrogen Caucus, dedicated to increasing the visibility and understanding of hydrogen energy. Akaka authored the Spark M. Matsunaga Hydrogen Act of 2005, which was included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58). This provision led to a hydrogen fuel cell project at Hawaii Natural Energy Institute.

The National Hydrogen Association, founded in 1989, is a membership organization composed of university, research, and business members. Its mission is to foster the development of hydrogen technologies and their utilization in industrial, commercial, and consumer applications and promote the role of hydrogen in the energy field.

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2 Responses to “Akaka honored for supporting hydrogen energy”

  1. Mike Halpin says:

    Jeff Serfass, Sen Daniel K Akaka, Sen Byron Dorgan, and Gov Arnold Scharzenegger I salute you all for the great work you are doing in promoting the hydrogenEconomy.Clean energy is what the world needs right now and like a beacon of light you are showing us the way.
    I can almost hear the voice of another great American [Henry Ford] saying "why didn't I think of that" and if he had we would not be faced with the problem of reinventing the automobile.
    Good luck and God bless for the future.Mike Halpin founder HYDROGENHEADS

  2. h2wins says:

    Hopefully more senators will see that embracing hydrogen as the way for us to leave fossil fuels behind is the way to go. Lawrence Weisdorn


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