A longtime chronicler of hydrogen energy and fuel cells, Peter Hoffmann died of a heart attack on April 18 at 78 years old. Hoffmann operated the longest-running news enterprise covering hydrogen energy, wrote books on the subject and was a long-time ENR and McGraw Hill contributor and overseas bureau chief.
Hoffmann launched, in 1986, what is now known as The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter, still considered the leading news publication in the hydrogen-energy field. In 2001, MIT Press published his book "Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet," which now is in its second edition.
Always up for a friendly debate, Hoffmann tirelessly covered developments in the science, business, economics and politics of hydrogen and fuel cells. He counted a wide range of industry sources—at NASA, BC Hydro, Boeing, BMW, Chevron, GE, Credit Suisse, Sierra Club and Texas A&M, among others—as his regular subscribers.