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Genevieve Saur

Researcher IV-Mechanical Engineering

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Genevieve Saur works on a range of hydrogen and fuel cell research, mainly focused on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Office portfolio of research projects. This includes more than 10 years of work on technology validation and demonstration evaluation as part of the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center, which utilizes a secure data center for processing and analysis of proprietary or sensitive company/state data sets from real world installations.

To advance understanding of hydrogen usage for energy storage, Saur has focused on both ends of the challenge: clean hydrogen production and end-use applications, including auxiliary topics around the integration with renewable electricity, large-scale demonstration evaluation, emerging storage materials, and delivery analysis. She has led a broad range of projects on the techno-economic analysis of green hydrogen pathways, including early market hydrogen production technologies and emerging technologies.

She has also studied fuel cell integration with buildings, including advanced, predictive buildings controls for more efficient power management and integration with next-generation grid services, as well as the use of fuel cells in data centers to provide clean, reliable combined heat and power for an industry with stringent uptime requirements. Throughout her tenure, Saur has been bridging the gap across big-picture analysis, systems analysis, hardware experimentation, and implementation, collaborating with federal and state entities, manufacturers, system integrators, researchers, analysts, and academia. 

Research Interests

Technology acceleration

Systems analysis

Hydrogen production and delivery pathway analysis


M.S., Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Sustainable Energy Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

B.A., Physics, Dartmouth College 

Featured Work

Techno-economic analysis of offshore wind PEM water electrolysis for H2 production, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering (2023)

Design and requirements of a hydrogen component reliability database (HyCReD), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2023)

Chapter 10: Economics and Perspectives of Hydrogen Electroproduction TechniquesElectrochemical Methods for Hydrogen Production (2019)

What Should We Make with CO2 and How Can We Make It?Joule (2018)

Optimal Dispatch Controller for Fuel Cell-Integrated Building, International High Performance Buildings Conference (2018)

Wind to Hydrogen in California: Case Study, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Renewable Hydrogen Potential from Biogas in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2014)

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Data Center Applications Project Meeting: Workshop Report, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Durability and Fuel Cell Performance, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Next Generation Hydrogen Station Composite Data Products: Retail Stations, Data through Quarter 2 of 2020, NREL Presentation (2021)

Installation, Operation, and Maintenance Strategies to Reduce the Cost of Offshore Wind Energy, NREL Technical Report (2013)

U.S. Geographic Analysis of the Cost of Hydrogen from Electrolysis, NREL Technical Report (2011)