14th National Hydrogen Conference Announced
Event slated for March in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 31 -/E-Wire/-- The National Hydrogen Association (NHA) recently announced the highlights emerging for the 14th Annual U.S. Hydrogen Conference, March 4 through 6 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event, titled Energy Security through Hydrogen, will feature both "U.S. and international content and an exhibition of technology and products from around the world." "Leading up to this year’s conference, we are seeing unprecedented interest in hydrogen by the federal government, and increasing investments and competitive strategies by businesses, all addressing the importance of a hydrogen future," says NHA President, Jeff Serfass. To represent this level of interest and commitment, the conference will begin each day with a high-level plenary session including U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), and senior business leaders from automotive, energy and fuel cell businesses. On March 5th, the opening session will be followed by a plenary on "International Policy Drivers," featuring representatives from Portugal, China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the U.S. On the 6th, it will be followed by a panel on "Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Strategies, chaired by Dan Reicher, former DOE Assistant Secretary and currently Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems. This panel will include senior representatives from the solar, hydro, geothermal and wind industries. When asked what role hydrogen plays in energy security, NHA’s Vice President, Karen Miller replied, "with a hydrogen infrastructure, the U.S. and other countries can use a variety of domestic fuel sources, including renewable energy, to produce enough hydrogen to meet our growing demands for energy and reduce the reliance on imported fuels." Energy security however, will be only one of the many topics covered throughout the conference. In the afternoon, concurrent sessions will focus on a multitude of topics including: hydrogen production, storage, safety, utilization, distribution, economics, novel production, education and outreach and policy initiatives. This year, the conference will also include special sessions for production R and D, advanced materials, hydrogen demonstrations and the exhibition: Hydrogen Expo USA. Highlights of Hydrogen Expo USA will include a hydrogen vehicle refueling demonstration using renewable hydrogen (hydrogen produced using solar modules) and a car from Ford! On the 6th, the conference will close with a plenary session on "The Vision of a Hydrogen Economy and Business Strategies for the Hydrogen Transition." Invited speakers include the Head of BMW’s Research Group, Wolfgang Strobl, Jon Slangerup, President and CEO of Stuart Energy and representatives from Japan, and Germany. Finally, leading into the main events, Air Products and Chemicals will hold a pre-conference workshop, "Know H2OWSM"on March 4th. The one-day workshop will cover key topics including gaseous and liquid hydrogen safety concerns; vehicle and hydrogen fueling considerations; codes and standards; hydrogen properties; a modern approach to safety; and hydrogen production and applications. To register, or find information about any of the conference activities, contact NHA’s Lara Neer, by phone: 202-223-5547, fax: 202-223-5537, or visit the website: www.hydrogenconference.org/nha The NHA has seventy members, including energy companies, automotive manufacturers, industrial gas suppliers, fuel cell developers, and other businesses, large and small, as well as government, and academia. Although membership is diverse, all are interested in the future of hydrogen as an energy carrier, and dedicated to commercializing hydrogen-related energy systems. The mission of the National Hydrogen Association is to foster the development of hydrogen technologies and their utilization in industrial and commercial applications and promote the transition role of hydrogen in the energy field. For more information on the National Hydrogen Association or the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, please visit the NHA website at www.HydrogenUS.org, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Hydrogen Association
Karen Miller, Vice President, +188.8.131.5247, email@example.com, National Hydrogen Association, 1800 M Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036-5802 USA, Phone: 202.223.5547,/
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