Keith Wipke

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies LPM


Mr. Wipke has been the Laboratory Program Manager for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory since 2012. The program covers all aspects of hydrogen and fuel cells—from hydrogen production with renewables to end-use application of fuel cells.

Prior to this role, Mr. Wipke worked for 20 years in the area of advanced vehicles. For 9 years, he led NREL’s participation in the Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project (aka the Learning Demo). This activity was later expanded under NREL’s Technology Validation activity to evaluate fuel cell technology in multiple applications, including cars, buses, forklifts, backup power, and stationary power. He also led the Hydrogen Analysis Group, which includes hydrogen infrastructure analysis and technology validation staff.

He is NREL’s representative at the California Fuel Cell Partnership, sits on the Board of Directors of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), and is on the Advisory Board for the Colorado Hydrogen Coalition.

Research Interests

Early-stage research includes supporting hydrogen production, storage, fuel cells, manufacturing quality control, analysis, and technology acceleration.

Interested in finding opportunities to expand the Hydrogen at Scale Initiative (H2@Scale) through new research partnerships.

Seeking additional strategic partnerships to improve cost, reliability, and availability of hydrogen fueling infrastructure.


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara

Featured Work

  1. Evaluating PEM Fuel Cell System Models, Journal of Power Sources (2004)
  2. Energy Storage System Requirements for Hybrid Fuel Cell Vehicles, Proceedings of AABC: The Third International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (2003)
  3. ADVISOR: A Systems Analysis Tool for Advanced Vehicle Modeling, Journal of Power Sources (2002)
  4. Optimizing Energy Management Strategy and Degree of Hybridization for a Hydrogen Fuel Cell SUV, EVS-18: Proceedings of the 18th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (2002)
  5. Analysis of the Fuel Economy Benefit of Drivetrain Hybridization, SAE Technical Papers (2001)
  6. Modeling Grid-Connected Hybrid Electric Vehicles Using ADVISOR, Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Battery Conference on Applications and Advances (2001)
  7. HEV Control Strategy for Real-Time Optimization of Fuel Economy and Emissions, SAE Technical Papers (2000)
  8. Modeling and Validation of a Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle, SAE Technical Papers (2000)
  9. ADVISOR 2.1: A User-Friendly Advanced Powertrain Simulation using a Combined Backward/Forward Approach, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (1999)
  10. Using an Advanced Vehicle Simulator (ADVISOR) to Guide Hybrid Vehicle Propulsion System Development, NREL Technical Report (1996)
  11. ADVISOR 2.0: A Second-Generation Advanced Vehicle Simulator for Systems Analysis, NREL Technical Report (1999)
  12. Use of Unglazed Transpired Solar Collectors for Desiccant Cooling, Solar Energy (1994)