A conference to discuss the potential switch from an oil to hydrogen-based economy will be held in Washington, D.C. April 3 and 4.PORTLAND, Maine 2002-03-04 [SolarAccess.com] The event “The The 2002 Hydrogen Investment Forum,” will be held at the Marriot Crystal City Hotel and will focus on how investors can participate in and drive the transition to the new hydrogen economy. Topics will include mitigating financial risk and rewarding those hydrogen-related technologies that will provide maximum yield and growth. Emphasis will be given to generating rapid payoffs from technologies and applications that show greatest promise, designing “portfolio protection” to reduce risk, and analyzing of barriers and stimulants to the deployment of hydrogen systems. Participants will obtain an overview of the financial and investment options in a hydrogen-based energy economy and learn how to assess the emerging new business and market opportunities. According to the organizers, attendees will have the opportunity to be a part of “no-holds-barred” panel discussions that will disclose the obstacles that have stalled so many promising opportunities, and provide the tools they will need to predict future successes and failures. The conference will cover where major venture capitalists, investment managers and international companies are putting their money today – and why. Attendees will discover the weaknesses and strengths of the hydrogen applications most likely to reach consumers first, including: portable power packs, miniature fuel cells for electronics, residential combined heat and power systems and scooter, bus, marine and automotive engines and motors.