New Survey to Set Baseline for Hydrogen Education
May 04, 2006
In support of the Presidents Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and the use of hydrogen as our nations long-term strategy to break dependence on imported oil, the DOE Hydrogen Program has published the findings of its Hydrogen Baseline Knowledge and Opinion Survey. The statistically-valid scientific survey was the first of its kind to measure the knowledge and related opinions of hydrogen technologies among four audiences on a national level. Surveyed audiences included the public, students, state and local government officials, and potential end users in three categories (transportation, businesses needed uninterruptible power, and large power users). The data collected will help direct the development of DOE hydrogen education activities and provide a baseline from which to measure changes in knowledge and opinion over time. Among the key conclusions drawn from the survey data is that there is a direct correlation between technical knowledge of hydrogen and opinions about hydrogen safety — in every population surveyed, individuals with higher scores on the technical knowledge questions were more likely to express positive opinions about the safe use of hydrogen. For more, see the full report at www.hydrogen.energy.gov.