Hydrogen Expo Expects Record Attendance

Coming up just a week after California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order propelling development of his “Hydrogen Highways” initiative, the National Hydrogen Association’s (NHA) Hydrogen Expo couldn’t be in a better place, or at a better time.

Los Angeles, California – April 22, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Attendance at the NHA’s 15th Annual Conference is projected to break the association record of 640 set in 2003. Hydrogen Expo USA, taking place April 26 to 30 in Los Angeles, California, will feature over 50 exhibitors involved in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry including BMW, Chevron Texaco, Comsol, Ford, Japan Steel Works, Linde, NASA, Praxair, Stuart Energy Systems, Toyota and UTC Fuel Cells. Car manufacturers are bringing a small fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for a ride and drive around Hollywood, giving conference delegates and the public the chance to experience clean and safe mobility. In addition to the vehicles, Hydrogen Expo USA showcases the latest in hydrogen production, infrastructure, storage, safety and fuel cell technologies. More than 50 exhibitors from North America, Europe and Asia will participate in the event held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Exhibits include a hydrogen generator splitting H2O (water) into its constituent parts hydrogen and oxygen, a hydrogen internal combustion engine, a small methanol fuel cell generating 150 W to power a laptop computer, and much more leading-edge technology. “This year the exhibition is sold out,” said Ines Freesen of Hydrogen Expo USA organizer Freesen & Partner GmbH. “Everyone committed to a clean hydrogen energy future will be there, and we see a growing interest of European and Asian companies to become involved in the North American market.” Attendance to the conference is projected to break last year’s record figure of 640 delegates. The Plenary sessions boast a list of heavy hitters from the hydrogen industry including Don Paul, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Chevron Texaco; Ben Knight, Vice President of Honda R&D Americas; Byron McCormick, Executive Director of Fuel Cell Activities at GM; Jon Slangerup, CEO of Stuart Energy; Jan Van Dokkum, President of UTC Power; and Mike Jones, Hydrogen Technology Manager at BP. On the government side U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger have been invited to speak at the conference. Hydrogen Expo USA is held for the second time after its successful 2003 premiere in Washington, DC. Expo organizer Freesen & Partner GmbH, a consulting and event management company based in Germany, partners with the National Hydrogen Association (NHA), whose Annual U.S. Hydrogen Conference is already in its 15th year.

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