David J, Farese

Mr. Farese joined Air Products in 1989 and has served in several engineering and operations positions. Nearly all of this time has been spent working with hydrogen and on hydrogen related systems. Mr. Farese is currently the Lead Engineer for the Complex and Revenue Projects team within the Customer Engineering group. Responsibilities include leading a team of engineers to design, build, and install complex gas delivery systems to support customer needs. These systems usually require high pressure and/or high flow requirements. In addition, this team has a focus on providing engineering and project services to meet customer needs and generate revenue. Specific duties include system design; scope, schedule and budget development; sales and marketing support; project execution; and technical support. Previously, Mr. Farese served as a Lead Process Safety Engineer in the Electronics and Performance Materials group. This role supported the process safety requirements for new projects and operating facilities. Activities included risk analysis, performance of hazard reviews, and incident investigation.

From 2002 to 2011, Mr Farese was the Engineering Manager of the Hydrogen Energy Systems engineering group. This group supported new hydrogen technologies, particularly those for fueling vehicles. Primary responsibilities of the group include project management, product development, and operations support. The group developed, tested, and deployed new products to support rapidly evolving hydrogen fueling needs. These products included new means of production, purification, compression, storage and dispensing of hydrogen at pressures up to 15000 psig. The group has also extensively supported the nascent hydrogen codes and standards effort, and taken a lead role in providing hydrogen safety training.

Prior to 2002, Mr. Farese was the Project Manager of the Advanced Systems group. This group was responsible for managing projects involving the installation of industrial gas related supply equipment at customer sites. The primary focus was high-pressure pump and compressor systems, particularly those involving hydrogen. As part of this work, Mr. Farese was the project manager for over a dozen high pressure hydrogen compression systems, including the fuel stations at the California Partnership in West Sacramento, the Ford Dearborn Scientific Research Laboratory, and the Chicago Transit Authority bus facility.

As an operations engineer for Air Products’ Packaged Gases group from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Farese’s duties included on-site and technical support to customers to optimize industrial gas usage through equipment design, process improvements and waste minimization; program development and definition; and sales and marketing assistance. Previously he was an operations engineer in the Gases Group’s Operations Services area. In this role, he provided technical support and project management to increase safety, reliability, and productivity of industrial gas supply systems, with a specialty in hydrogen compression. He also provided commissioning services, engineering support and troubleshooting of mechanical and electrical problems for hydrogen systems installed at customer facilities.

Mr. Farese also participates in several codes and standards efforts and is a principal member of the NFPA 2 and NFPA 52Technical Committees, the DOE Hydrogen Safety Panel, and holds over fifteen patents in the areas of hydrogen fueling and high pressure compression.

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