BMW, an official sponsor of the 14th World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) taking place this year in Montreal from June 9 – 13, will have a strong hydrogen message to send to Canadians during the Montreal stop of its 2002 CleanEnergy World Tour.MONTREAL, Canada – June 10, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The BMW CleanEnergy World Tour exhibition will take place at the Montreal Science Centre from June 8 to 10. The public is invited to visit and learn about how hydrogen – a Renewable Energy source – can be used to power motor vehicles with internal combustion engines while releasing virtually zero emissions into the atmosphere. BMW’s fleet of hydrogen vehicles has already traveled over 170,000 km, proving that hydrogen is not only a viable option but also a definite reality. Nearly a thousand experts from all over the world will attend the WHEC to discuss the future of hydrogen and its greater implementation in the search for a more sustainable energy source. BMW’s participation at the WHEC is one of the highlights of the BMW CleanEnergy World Tour 2002, whose mandate is to promote hydrogen as a fuel of the future and to create further partnerships with the government and the business sector who will make it feasible. “Canada is in a strategic position to play a strong role in the new hydrogen age,” explains Hendrik von Kuenheim, President and CEO of BMW Group Canada. “Both the political will and the energy resources are available in abundance for achieving a hydrogen future. What we require now is the infrastructure.” Canada already produces approximately 341 terawatt-hours of energy from hydroelectric power, which corresponds to well above half of the energy requirements required by all the road traffic in Germany. A large-scale project is currently promoting the establishment of smaller hydroelectric power stations. Other current projects are concerned with the generation of energy from wind and solar power.